|Posted on October 26, 2012 at 11:25 AM|
I know I've been a broken record on the subject of Rondo and defense, but I want to point out that at least one person appears to agree with me: Brian Scalabrine. On Bill Simmons radio show, Scal commented that a key issue for Rondo and for the Celtics is that Rondo needs to pick up his man-to-man defense. He didn't say anything about Rondo being DPOY if he did that, but I'll say it; if Rondo raises the level of his defense on his man, without forswearing his penchant for gambling and wandering, but balancing that penchant better with more intensive defense on his man, and more of an effort to stretch the floor for the other team by pressuring the advance of the ball more, I think Rondo will be DPOY and we'll win a championship.
His rest pattern would probably have to change some. I think he'd have to get shorter rests more often. But with Terry, I think we can do that, because Terry is one of those guys whose special talent is being able to heat up quick off the bench.