Re: why doesn't he shoot the ball?
posted at 2/11/2011 7:09 PM EST
In Response to why doesn't he shoot the ball?
[QUOTE]It's almost like a wasted season for Rondo. He should have shot way more already. He will never shoot well if he passes up every open shot he gets. He passed up layups for kick out jumpers again also last night. He needs to shoot. Unless there is a dunk ahead of him he needs to shoot every time they sag. He doesn't even need to make the shots he just needs to shoot them. It would have been nice if he was heading into the second half of the season with a little more balance to his basically excellent offensive senses. You can't just not shoot from your position. Phil Jackson is gonna exploit that forever. Cmon Rondo, what are you waiting for? You don't need to be Ray-Ray, you just need to correct what is now a glaring deficiency. You're gonna lose a lot of respect from every defense in the league if you don't get yourself a reliable mid-range game. Our offense is excellent but it can't survive zero mid range scoring threat from the point guard slot.
Posted by shines01[/QUOTE]
Only about 60% of the league scores more points than the Cs. I have read for years that as long as Rondo and Perk play their roles it does not matter if they score or not.
Guess what.... it matters. Especially if there is any discussion about the point guard being the best in the league (though I am not even sure if he is even what I would call an elite point guard).
Having scored more than 90 in only like one of the last 5 games, it is apparent to me that you cannot survive with a point guard who cannot throw the ball in the ocean while standing waist deep.
Ponder this - their last handful of losses are against Rose, Brooks, Wall, Nash, etc. In two of those losses Wall and Nash made last second 3s to win the game...... close your eyes and take a deep breath and then imagine Rondo ever ever ever ever hitting a game winning shot - let alone a 3....... CLANG......
Rondo does not shoot the ball because he can't, he can't he can't. A while back Mookie Blaylock could not shoot the ball, he was very quick, he was a very good passer, he was an all-star a couple of times but he was not an elite point guard..... enter Mr. Rondo. He is the most one dimensional players in the league - any correlation between the drop off in assists and KGs and Shaq's injuries. Any particular reason why the Magic's game plan was to ignore Rondo and ensure that nobody else will beat them and Rondo exploding for 26 points.... exploding, exploding.... or just a decent night for Westbrook, Rose, Paul, Williams, etc. Westbrook is the only player in the league averaging 23 points, 9 assists, and 5 boards but somehow Rondo is the best in the league? What an absolute joke.......... he doesn't shoot the ball because he can't.
So let's all take a deep breath and accept that he is a nice player who benefits greatly from who he plays with and is really not an elite point guard.
When a team's game plan is to ignore player A, player A cannot be considered an elite player.