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Blame This On Rondo

Posted by paul on February 9, 2012 at 11:10 PM

This time I have to admit that the obnoxious fan comments against Rondo after the loss are basically correct.  If all Rondo is going to do as our floor general is walk the ball up, stand around, and then finally toss it to his teammates so they can play some four on five offense (or with JO in the game, call it three on five), then we won't be beating many good teams.  Again and again we've seen that when Rondo attacks, the Celtics offense roars, but he just doesn't do it consistently enough, especially against good teams.  Tonight, Rondo brought us to a nice lead in the third quarter, but then the Lakers went into their Kobe Bryant Rondo Sag defense, and basically we were done for the night.  Yeah, we managed to inject a little suspense at the end, and I have to give credit to this team for being gutsy, but the game was over when Rondo went passive in the face of the Sag.  


I'm about ready to resign from my one person Rondo Fan Club!   Seriously, if that kid can stand there with plenty of room to shoot, and the offense stagnating, and can't fnd whatever it takes within himself to TAKE THE SHOT that Kobe and the Lakers are giving him, then he not only doesn't deserve to be on the All Start Team;  he doesn't deserve to  start for the Celtics.  It just stuns me that he would stand there, look at that defense, and still not take the shot.


It's time to sit Rondo on the bench and keep him there.  He could have won this game for us tonight, or at least if we lost it, we lost it the right way.   I'm a die hard Rondo fan, but what happened tonight just made me sick.  Give Bradley and Moore the first two PG slots and let Rondo come in for garbage time for a while.  I'd rather lose games knowing that we were at least going at the other team with everything we got, rather than standing around afraid to take open shots.  And frankly, when Rondo stands around, ANY point guard would be an improvement.

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11 Comments

Reply celts
11:39 PM on February 9, 2012 
woa thats a little harsh you cant blame the entire loss on rondo kg missed his last 9 shots i just think everyone was out of sync tonight pierce wasnt great either ray allen was decent and rondo was ok.
Reply paul
11:42 PM on February 9, 2012 
celts says...
woa thats a little harsh you cant blame the entire loss on rondo kg missed his last 9 shots i just think everyone was out of sync tonight pierce wasnt great either ray allen was decent and rondo was ok.



But Celts, that's been my point all along. Ok isn't good enough. He's our leader. We can't compete when our best player constantly takes himself out of ballgames. For him to stand there and stare at the Rondo Sag and just let it defeat him and us - I just can't stand it that he did that. And it's not the first time he's seen this. I'm tired of Rondo. If the kid wants to be just a role player, he should go to the bench. To the end of the bench. If he wants to be a top player, he needs to start playing like one.
Reply celts
11:44 PM on February 9, 2012 
everyone was due for a bad game need a win tmrw and get ready for a showdown sunday.
Reply celts
11:48 PM on February 9, 2012 
actually now that i think of it our biggest problem of the night was the defsnive boards we had this game won if we rebound.
Reply paul
11:51 PM on February 9, 2012 
celts says...
everyone was due for a bad game need a win tmrw and get ready for a showdown sunday.


What we need is for Rondo to either lead this team or take a seat. Why do we need a guy out there who disappears when the game is on the line? It's not acceptable. I'd rather see Moore and Bradley on the floor. We might lose some games, but at least I'd know that they'd be trying to make something happen.

Rondo spent this summer working on his shot, or so we hear. And it looked earlier in the season like he did. When they sag off him, he has to take the shot and make them pay for it. And then he has to attack it in other ways. But the one thing he CANNOT do is let them take him out of the offense.
Reply paul
11:52 PM on February 9, 2012 
celts says...
actually now that i think of it our biggest problem of the night was the defsnive boards we had this game won if we rebound.



But Celts, this team is never going to be a strong rebounding team. Yes, we shouldn't have been pummeled inside quite the way we were, for sure. But we are weak inside. The problem comes when we fail to take advantage of our strength, which just so happens to revolve around our occasionally brilliant point guard.
Reply Franklin
11:52 PM on February 9, 2012 
Rondo needs to own up to this one. He was alright, but in the end it was crap.
Reply paul
11:56 PM on February 9, 2012 
Franklin says...
Rondo needs to own up to this one. He was alright, but in the end it was crap.


That's how I feel. I love Rondo, and I hate to feel this way, but he is our offensive leader, and for him to allow the Lakers to take him out of the game is just plain UNACCEPTABLE. Yeah, I feel exactly that way, Franklin. I want him to own up to this. I want to hear him say it.

"I LOST THIS GAME. I should have found a way to keep attacking. I have seen the Rondo Sag soooo many times before. There is no way I can excuse allowing it to take me out of the game."

Own up to it, Rajon. This was a real stinker you pulled tonight.
Reply celts
12:05 AM on February 10, 2012 
paul says...
What we need is for Rondo to either lead this team or take a seat. Why do we need a guy out there who disappears when the game is on the line? It's not acceptable. I'd rather see Moore and Bradley on the floor. We might lose some games, but at least I'd know that they'd be trying to make something happen.

Rondo spent this summer working on his shot, or so we hear. And it looked earlier in the season like he did. When they sag off him, he has to take the shot and make them pay for it. And then he has to attack it in other ways. But the one thing he CANNOT do is let them take him out of the offense.

i would not want bradley in at the end of a game he stands in the corner on offense the whole poession and i think rondo has to come to expect to just give the ball to paul near the end which is his fault i agree, but he should take the blame cuz hes our best player and they are the goat and the hero but i dont believe its all his fault.
Reply paul
12:07 AM on February 10, 2012 
Of course, seriously, there were a lot of things to blame tonight. Our game plan was execrable, wasn't it?
It was pretty much 'let's get pummeled all night in the paint by the Lakers, while virtually never attacking the paint ourselves, and just dribbling and passing the ball on the perimeter all night long, until the shot clock forces us to throw up a J"

Well, that's not entirely fair. Doc did want the Cs to run with the ball. What a joke that is. Whenever Doc tells the team to run, he knows very well that the only one who ever runs is Rondo. So Doc's big idea was to unleash our one-man fast break on the Lakers. And, incredibly, it almost worked.

So yeah, our Bigs were soft inside, in terms of blocking out, and our game plan was awful, because Doc was too busy watching his son play college hoops (it's great to be a family man, but we did have a big game to play, Doc), and Paul Pierce got eaten up by MWP; there is lots of blame to go around.
Reply paul
12:14 AM on February 10, 2012 
celts says...
i would not want bradley in at the end of a game he stands in the corner on offense the whole poession and i think rondo has to come to expect to just give the ball to paul near the end which is his fault i agree, but he should take the blame cuz hes our best player and they are the goat and the hero but i dont believe its all his fault.


No. He was our best player tonight, in fact. But if he's not going to step up when things get hard, and do the basic things like refuse to let the other team take him out of the game with a defense he's seen over and over and over again, then I think he needs to sit. Bradley gives the team an energy boost, and Moore gives the team an offensive weapon. I'd rather see them have a chance to develop as players, even if we lose some games. Rondo has had plenty of chances to figure it out, and he seems no closer now than he ever was.

It's going to take a totally new tack on his part to wash the sight of what happened tonight out of my mind. Watching him stand there. He needs to learn that when you pass up that shot that you've practiced all summer to be able to hit, you are giving up a lot more than a possible basket. You are giving up a measure of your will to win. That is what really matters.