|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.