Re: C's escape: Rondo facts
posted at 5/11/2012 9:04 AM EDT
In Response to Re: C's escape: Rondo facts
[QUOTE]Here's what the "Rondo hater finger pointers" seems to be missing...again. The distinction people are trying to point out is while PP may have a bad game, its not because he stopped trying to get his shot off, its not cause he stopped trying to be our #2 facilitator, its not cause hes stopped disappearing when we need someone to shoot the game winner... its because he wasnt executing properly or shooting the ball well that night. But, fail as he might, he was there trying to do what hes does best and help his team In Rondo's case, with all the great attributes he can bring to the team...he simply checks out and doesnt attempt executing his skill set as PG. This is what brings out peoples ire.. We dont want to hear how poorly PP was in the 4th... we know he was, but he was still trying to do what he does best for the team... as he usually does. Rondo simply DID NOT, as is waaaayyyy too often the case
Posted by Karllost[/QUOTE]
Karllost, I think you nailed it with respect to the issues many folks have with Rondo's performance and its not "hating". I love Rondo but he plays exactly how you describe. On any given night, Rondo is the most athletic, talented and highest IQ player on the court, bar none. Not Bass or Pierce or KG! Rondo is simply the "BEST" player on the court but there is something inside that isn't right. I think he does simply check out. Or he is just afraid to fail.
In my college hoop days, coach used to talk about two types of possessions that we had to win, critical possessions and end of game possessions, offensively and defensively. Rondo thrives to take that "end of the quarter/half
" or "end of the 24 shot clock
" jump shot but is scared to attempt a shot at the rim during a critical possession or end of game possession. I can't understand that.
When he was under the basket and did an "up and down travel" you had to ask yourself what was he thinking because he had a layup. And honestly, when Teague received the final inbounds with 2 seconds, Rondo actually bumped him before Teague heaved the 3/4 court shot. I asked myself, why is Rondo even that close to the guy? The ref Marc Davis (had he been the ref) would have called a foul on Rondo on that but Rondo should have never been near him to bump him.
Rondo is the best, young, uninjured
and capable Celtics player. The Celtics don't go as Bass goes. And honestly, the Celtics don't go as Pierce or KG goes. The Celtics go as Rondo goes. That is the plain truth. When he does check out and mentally NOT bring it, it causes us to have to grind out games like last night.
But folks are right, a whole lot of players played terrible last night but none of them are our best, young, uninjured and capable player who "as the Celtics go as HE goes
I just think our expectations, right or wrong, are so much higher for Rondo because unlike any other Celtics player, he is capable of doing anything he wants to on the court but, for some reason, he CHOOSES not to on too many occasions.