|Posted by paul on January 25, 2013 at 10:25 AM|
I wasn't unhappy after last night's game. Yes, it was a game we should have won, and fumbling it away at the end hurt, but this is a team that has forgotten how to win. We have to relearn that. But we took a big step last night. It had to be tough to rise to the occasion after four losses, now five. But they did. They played hard, and played like a team all night long. In the end, we were beaten by Melo. Carmelo Anthony is a great player, pretty much on a similar level to Lebron and Durant.
The thing is, we have a great player too. Rondo stepped up last night and gave us everything. He played tough D all night long. When we had a tough time rebounding, he rebounded. When we couldn't hit Js, he attacked the basket. When Anthony started going off, Rondo double-teamed, which helped get us back in the game. The Rondo we saw last night was the MVP candidate we hoped for, a player who can lead this team to a championship.
Incredibly, fans and media still found ways to blame Rondo. Even one of CSNNE's commentators who is usually pretty reasonable, Welsh, made the claim we've seen so many times that Rondo's triple doubles don't matter because he made mistakes. I'm soo soo tired of that. I get it when they give Rondo a hard time for playing passively on offense and not playing tough D. But when they put a magnifying glass to every mistake he makes, they are just being hateful and crazy.
Sure, Rondo did make some mistakes last night. One of the ones they keep harping on is the silly attempted reverse alley-oop to Bass. Rondo loves to pass, and I'm sure he particularly wanted to get Bass going. Whatever. To watch commentators go off on that one play is just so much more about their craziness than his. Rondo is a good kind of crazy when it comes to overpassing. A lot of folks seem to want to rip Rondo for Smith's open jumper. Sure, Smith was probably Rondo's man there, but RONDO WAS DOUBLING MELO, which was the right play. Folks are blinded by their hate sometimes. Rondo was great last night. That Rondo can lead us to a championships.
My favorite play was the one where he drove the lane from the baseline and hit a flying skyhook in the lane. Loved that one. Jabbar couldn't have done it that well Rajon!
IF Rondo and the team keep playing like they did last night, we'll start winning games. It's that simple. And if that happens, AND Doc can give some thought to opening the offense to a more up-tempo, spontaneous, creative approach that plays off Rondo's dynamic way of breaking down defenses, we could win a championship, even though we lack power up front. When Rondo plays like the guy we saw last night, we have a LOT of power in the engine room. Damn the Haters, full speed ahead!!
It's all so funny, in a way, because it is so predictable. Watch the Haters hate at Celtics Blog:
... all the while claiming that they are not haters!! Folks, if last night's game persuaded you to join the Trade Rondo crowd, YOU ARE A HATER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Rondo we saw last night is a Rondo that can and will lead a team to a championship. We just need to see that Rondo more consistently. And we need Doc to change his ways some. Ray Allen is not about to walk through that door, Doc.