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Rondo and the Celtics eaten alive by the Raptors 86-74

Posted by shawn cassidy on February 10, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Doc was on the court barking at his team multiple times, but it was on def ears. Winning last night was important, because the Celtics can play like their feet  are stuck in the snow in a second game of a back-to-back. Rivers lost his cool in the first half, and you just don't see that from MR. Cool. The important thing was Doc remained in the game without being kicked out by the refs. He didn't blame the refs. He did exactly what he should of, and that was hold his team accountable. Rondo was late to the party, and it was far too late for the C's to recover. The Celtics couldn't get over the ten point hump after trailing by 16 points in the first quarter. At the half the Celtics had the Raptors lead  down to seven, but the game wouldn't really get closer than that.

I don't know what to make of this game right now. Was it simply the second game of a back-to-back? Did it have something to do with the emotinal loss last night? Was it Rondo giving up? It's starting to look like Rondo is taking a cue from  Lebron James in his last playoff series with Cleveland. He's not engaged on the floor with this team. Ronodo had 7 assists, and 5 turnovers.That's in 40 minutes. Doc should have went with Bradley maybe? He sparked the first half run for the CELTICS. Garnett looked solid tonght with 17 points for the Celtics off of 6/9 shooting. The Celtics find themselves in a hole once again, and it could get much deeper in the coming weeks if they don't figure things out. 

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Reply Franklin
9:56 PM on February 10, 2012 
The Celtics feet were cut off more like it. Just when you think the Celtics had turned this thing around, they lay a fart like this.
Reply Perry S
10:08 PM on February 10, 2012 
Rondo is checking out. Doc should of went with Bradley,and Rondo once Rondo woke up.
Reply paul
10:16 PM on February 10, 2012 
I agree Perry. Rondo has checked out.
Reply celts
10:33 PM on February 10, 2012 
talk about an exhausted basketball team everyone looked stuck in mud.
Reply paul
11:30 PM on February 10, 2012 
It's been hard to gather my thoughts after this horrible game. But I think the thing that helps me is that video of Rivers yelling at the team in the first quarter. It goes back to the beginning of the game, where we went five or six or ten shots into the game without Rondo taking a shot. Already when I saw that I knew we were in trouble. Why must our best offensive player constantly be marginalized from our offense? Can it really be that it's all Rondo's fault? Come on, we all know that Rivers is an absolute sticker for xs and os, that he's obsessive about execution. Rondo is a gambler and a guy who likes to make it up. He's totally hogtied in our offense. Does anyone really think that Rondo can't score 38 points and Jeremy Lin can?

I was struck by the play tonight where Doc yelled at the team in the first quarter. If you watch that video, look at how Rondo clearly has plenty of room to drive at the basket, either past Calderone, or pulling up for the J. But he doesn't really consider it and dribbles across the arc. It just seems obvious that Rondo does not have the green light to attack the basket or to free lance in any way.

This situation is sheer madness, and the sooner Rondo moves on with his life, and the Celtics move on , the better. As we saw in the fourth quarter, when Rondo is aggressive, good things happen. Translate the fourth quarter to the first quarter, and we win this game easily.
Reply Franklin
1:19 AM on February 11, 2012 
If Lin can score 38 without a doubt Rondo can. Lin has complete freedom! Rondo should also.
Reply paul
7:21 AM on February 11, 2012 
Franklin says...
If Lin can score 38 without a doubt Rondo can. Lin has complete freedom! Rondo should also.

Rondo usually looks like he's on some kind of invisible leash. It must be maddening for him. How much of it is his fault, and how much of it is Doc breathing down his neck to stay with the playbook? I think Rondo has sacrificed a lot of his game to stay with the program here, and it's turned into a no win situation for him. Every time I see a Rondo-on-everyone fast break it strikes me how crazy it is that anyone finds that to be normal. Really? Is it really normal to have a team that pretty much won't get out and run on the fast break, that relies on their point guard to provide a transition game, AND to provide action in the paint, AND YET WON'T GIVE HIM FREE REIN?
Reply Cisco
8:32 AM on February 11, 2012 
This Celtics organization, with Ainge and Doc, would never let Rondo be the general on the flour and play his own basketball and lead this team. Rondo has played to much (already) as a role player for the Big 3 and, mostly, his role was to run plays for them and find them for their jumpers and 3 pointers.
He clearly developed his play and his personality as a player as well and I just cannot believe that his brilliant moments of basketball, his great plays attacking the rim, shooting and fast-break layups are only an issue of mood and energy. I am sure he only does that when he is allowed to... when Paul and Ray and KG don't play, don't score and whatever problems they might have.
Yes, you guys are right: if Jeremy Lin can score 38, Rajon can do that, too... but this is not Mike D'Antoni's team.... this is Doc's team and Paul Pierce's team. So we will never see Rondo score like that, simply because this is not Boston specific. Not yet, anyway. And really can't imagine this team do the switch and play for Rondo... Can you really imagine Doc, Paul and Ray and KG and everybody else give the team to Rondo and work for him and trust him to lead? No, because he has already spent to much time being a role player and the support guy working for the Big 3.
If Rondo would have played in Minnesota now, I bet Danny would consider bringing him to Boston, to build around. But having him year, they can't do that.
Plus, they are giving Rondo a hard time with this continuous trade talk... than they complain about too many turnovers and poor shooting (however, he still had the best FG percentage against the Lakers!) and whatever...
Reply paul
9:24 AM on February 11, 2012 
Brilliantly said, Cisco.