Let Nate and Delonte play / Let Rondo Heal
posted at 11/22/2010 11:17 PM EST
I want to second the motion to let Nate and Delonte play a couple games out front and let Rondo heal completely-- strained hamstrings are nagging injuries that don't just go away by icing them, and they can linger and flair up again.
(I also know that Rondo, being such a student of the game, is learning new things even as he sits in a suit on the Celtics bench. He's probably watching tape of the game in his hotel room tonight, and we blew them out.)
Plus it's cool having Nate at the helm for a few games-- it's funny because we seem to have two sides of the coin with our two main point guards: Rondo is a passing wizard and fast break threat, and Nate is a scoring machine and fast break threat. Both are super athletic. Both can penetrate and dish.
The difference is that nobody can sag off Nate at the point because he'll hit shots, so it's kind of interesting putting defenses back on guard like this. They can't sag in the lane, or do double coverages on the Big 3, so it frees up Kevin, Ray, and Paul in a completely different way than when Roadrunner Rondo's out there.
That said, we do need Rondo's intelligent brinksmanship at the point.
But let's have Nate take the con at the moment and get Delonte more minutes. D West is a great all-around player but he needs playing time right now to get back to peak form and familiarize himself with the current play schemes and roster. He showed signs of his potential tonight (especially defending) but he also looked a little lost at the point. More PT for D West with the starters I think is a great thing at this stage of the season for the Celtics 12-man roster-- especially if either Rondo or Nate fall to injury closer to or during the playoffs.
I also think we'll win with Nate and Delonte. And we'll win by having Rondo back at 100% warp speed.
That's my advice to Doc and Danny right now.