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Rondology: Ch-ch-changes

Posted by paul on January 17, 2012 at 1:00 AM



As I see it, the basic problem with the Celtics this season has been that they are continuing to run an offense that was designed in 2008 for a different situation.  When the Big Three came together in Boston in 2008, they were aging, but they were still three of the best jumpshooters in NBA history.   An offense was designed for them that 1) slowed the ball down to make things easy on aging legs and 2) used the triple threat posed by the Big Three, along with cleverly designed plays (often involving multiple screens for Allen) and superb passing to open up good looks consistently.  The result was a powerful offense that achieved extremely high shooting percentages, DESPITE NEVER HAVING A DECENT POSTUP GAME!  This was quite an achievement, wasn't it?  It bears thinking about and marveling at, doesn't it?  Here was a team that had no post game to speak of, and no transition game to speak of, that consistently posted   brilliant shooting percentages.  And as Rondo developed into a better and better passer, the Celtics' offense became at times truly a wonder to behold.  When Shaq joined the team, and at last provided a scoring threat in the paint, scoring almost became automatic for stretches of time.  


Doc Rivers deserves a lot of credit for designing the Big Three offense, and continually upgrading it.  BUT 2008 WAS FIVE YEARS AGO!!   Is there no one in CelticsWorld who understands this?  Half a decade has pased since 2008.   The Big Three are still three wiley and skilled vets, still capable of accomplishing a lot in a basketball game, as Paul Pierce showed against the Thunder last night,  but they are no longer three of the biggest scoring threats in the league.   They probably aren't even the biggest scoring threats on the Celtics anymore, though Rondo's terrible shooting last night makes one wonder.  Rondo may never be a great shooter, though he is getting better, but he is a great offensive player, with outstanding ability to break down a defense, both in transition and in the half-court,  always looking to both score and pass.   


For years now Rondo has managed to not only fit himself into a system that didn't really suit him, but to excel in that system.   I'm now convinced that many of the difficulties Rondo has had over the years have at least in part been caused by the difficulties he's had with the Big Three system, despite his mostly successful efforts to fit in. Isn't it time to begin redesigning the Celtics offense so that it puts the ball in Rondo's hands and encourages him to attack and break down the defense more?  I'm not saying that the Celtics should start playing a Chicago style offense overnight.  I think that they should start to blend a more-or-less Chicago style offense with the offense they have now.  I know it's hard to change things on the run, this should be treated as a work in progress.    It would be best if Rondo and Pierce and Rivers would sit down and start working some of this out together.  It's not an insoluble problem for smart guys, and few come smarter.  We need to find ways to begin to morph the Celtics offensive system to suit the talents of the younger guys, especially Rondo.  


It's not 2008 anymore.  It just isn't.  But it's not too late to make some amazing things happen in 2012.   We just have to be willing to make some changes.   Every season has a story.  To me, this is this season's main story.

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8 Comments

Reply Tom
2:33 AM on January 17, 2012 
The Celtics will get hot, but not now. They will beat the bad teams, and they will beat a few good teams along the way. They showed great promise tonight despite the loss.They'll get hot in the playoffs
Reply Greg
2:45 AM on January 17, 2012 
It;s apart of denial. Nobody gets it PAUL.
Reply Laker hater
4:08 AM on January 17, 2012 
Trade Rondo if you can! He's overrated
Reply shawn cassidy
4:11 AM on January 17, 2012 
Laker hater says...
Trade Rondo if you can! He's overrated


He's a top player if he's taken off Doc's leash. Doc has him tied down.
Reply paul
8:43 AM on January 17, 2012 
Laker hater says...
Trade Rondo if you can! He's overrated


There certainly are plenty of games where he seems that way.
Reply paul
8:47 AM on January 17, 2012 
shawn cassidy says...
He's a top player if he's taken off Doc's leash. Doc has him tied down.


I think he goes into funks because of this, which makes it worse. I would too in his sneaks. And then Pierce has a big game and everyone says "Pierce is back"! Whenever Rondo has a big game, everyone says "Rondo is doing too much". Whenever Pierce has a big game, everyone says "Pierce is back!" It's a no win situation for Rondo.

And I'm getting very tired of writing about it. This is going to ruin Rondo's career. And it's not going to change. Everyone is hardened into their role on the team and that is that.
Reply paul
8:52 AM on January 17, 2012 
Greg says...
It;s apart of denial. Nobody gets it PAUL.


That's exactly how it looks to me, Greg, and I'm getting sick of writing about it. This is ruining Rondo. And I don't see how we can continue to play the same when when the Big Three are no longer what they once were. Rondo has paid his dues. Why isn't this his time, Doc?
Reply paul
8:54 AM on January 17, 2012 
Tom says...
The Celtics will get hot, but not now. They will beat the bad teams, and they will beat a few good teams along the way. They showed great promise tonight despite the loss.They'll get hot in the playoffs


I don't see it quite that way, Tom. They did play better tonight, but they seem to me to be firmly stuck in a 2008 mindset. I know it's a subjective thing, but don't you notice the weird thing that happens whenever Rondo does anything good, the reaction that there is something kind of weird and outlandish and wrong when that happens? This team is like a hopelessly dysfunctional family.