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Celtics Morning Joe: Rondo a show when the Celtics needed him most

Posted by shawn cassidy on January 17, 2013 at 6:00 AM



Rondo was coming off one of his best games of the season. A triple-double performance against the Bobcats. I thought Rondo would have a good follow up performance against the Hornets. But it wasn't so. Rondo put up 7 points, 11 assists, 3 steals, and 3 rebounds. Not a horrible stat line, but 7 points when the Celtics needed something Wednesday night wasn't going to cut it. They needed Rondo to attack more. That's the biggest problem for Rondo. When should he become selfish? I say in games like Wednesday night. Basically we get Pierce shooting hero ball, and he makes just 5-of-16 from the field, and that's why the Celtics lose, not because of Pierce.


But because Rondo doesn't take the game over. He only attempted 8 shots, and that's the key sign of a non aggressive Rondo. Rajon was pretty solid on defense, but frankly we needed more again, and we didn't get it. Was Rajon intimated by the bigs inside?  I don't know, but we need more than what we got, and it's the same as always.



Other news from Celtics nation on this morning Joe post


Celtics lose to Hornets- Mark Murphy Boston Herald


Maybe home was getting a little too familiar. On the fourth night of a five-game homestand, with a chance to extend a season-high six-game winning streak, the Celtics instead succumbed to yet another invader from the West.

Their 90-78 loss to New Orleans closed colder than yesterday’s storm, as evidenced by a 5-for-16 shooting performance by Paul Pierce.

The Celtics were shooting 7-for-22 in the fourth quarter when the game finally clicked into a particularly worthless garbage time — this against a 12-26 team playing without Eric Gordon, the New Orleans star who for health purposes doesn’t  play on the second night of back-to-backs.



No energy for most of the game, and they seemed unprepared to play. Nothing new with this team, but the true test is how they jump back against a rough Bulls team Friday.

 





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4 Comments

Reply paul
8:12 AM on January 17, 2013 
Well said, Shawn. Rondo says that he gives the team what it needs. Really? Then why do we become a J-Jackin' machine so often? Who is responsible for that, Rondo? Is it possible that the guy running the offense is responsible? We needed Rondo to break down the defense last night. He chose to, almost literally, pass the buck, or so it seemed.

It's hard for a Rondo fan to know what to say anymore. If you are a turnstyle on D, and a ballstopper on O, in what sense are you giving the team what it needs?

Rondo doesn't like it when he's criticized, but some of that criticism is legitimate.
Reply Greg
12:18 PM on January 17, 2013 
That should have been Rondos game to win. He didn't show up in the 4th when the Celtics needed him too. The Celtics have a chance to grab a good seed,it means a lot if they do. Get the F! With it Rajon
Reply John
12:22 PM on January 17, 2013 
Rondo I thought wanted to beat on Doc's sons team. What the hell happened with that!!
Reply paul
7:45 PM on January 17, 2013 
I just hope it was the Rivers vs. Rivers factor