Re: Rondo nick names
posted at 8/5/2010 2:59 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Rondo nick names
[QUOTE]acie, do some homework instead of spouting off. Rondo came within 2 rebounds of a triple double in game 7 against LA. Posted by jerrycole[/QUOTE]
listen you can wax bullcrap to me, but it won't stick to the wall. rondo began the disappearance act in game 5 vs. orlando and from then on he shot 13 for 35 from the charity stripe
. that's a lowly 37%
. so there's one real stat for you to shove into your pipe and smoke.
strictly within the laker series, "brick" shot 5 for 19 from the charity stripe- a whopping and disgusting 26%
. what do you call that?
the entire nature of his game changed from aggressive and disruptive (to the other team) to the vast majority of minutes played spent being passive and destructive to OUR team through lack of balls to shoot the open jumper or do much driving of the lane (since that might lead to fouls).
i watched all 7 games. i watch all regular season games. i dvr'd all the playoff games and burned them to disk. when rondo is good, he's great for the team. and when he's bad for the team, through brickery at the free throw line that translates into passivity on offense and not freely shooting the jumper here's what's happens:
1) the opposing defense rightly sees fit to contract into the lane and the celts are functionally 4 on 5 on offense and all business conducted in the paint and by cutters or high posters is made harder by rondo's passivity.
2) we get very little of the fast break and hurry up points that rondo should get given his quickness because he's afraid of going to that place where he's only 26% successful.
3) ray allen in particular suffers because rondo's man can afford to sag into the lane and give ray an extra hassle coming off of curls and screens. ray is too old to endure that crap and still be effective in the 100th game.
4) pierce's high post game is hampered because it's harder than it should be for him to get the ball.
5) the celtics would be much better off with nate robinson at point when rondo goes passive / brickmaster at the free throw line. nate can keep defenses honest with a consistent outisde shot and i really like the way nate is showing a progression toward maturity.
so let's hear you talk yourself out of the 26% free throws. a real stat. a real headache for the team and anyone watching it who knows squat about basketball.
i'm willing to bet a large
amount of money that no starting point guard in league history ever EVER put up a finals series where he CHOKED from the charity stripe to the dreamy efficiency level of 26%. maybe izzy abraham shot that bad in 1947 when everyone averaged 4 points a game, but not in the modern game. not even close.
and here's a little more for you- when rondo was disappeared the hardest, from games 3-6, when he shot 1-8 from the line (12.5%!!)
, he also averaged a miserable 6.25 dimes per game while managing 2.75 turnovers per game. not exactly knock 'em dead numbers for a guard with rondo's skill set.
this BASIC STATISTIC proves out my theory of passivity with rondo. he's out there to be a facilitator and he wasn't doing it.
so, it would appear that you get roped into the fool's gold of some flashy SPORADIC individual stats instead of how having a free throw shooting eyesore of a point guard effects his own play, aggressiveness levels and how it impacts the TEAM play and wearing down on the 2/3 position, people who we cannot afford to have extra wear and tear being put onto- they're too old for it.
i'm a big rondo fan as soon as he shoots 70% freebies for a season and uncorks the jumper as it presents itself not just for the playoffs but all the time. until he does that he is demonstrating to us all that he is unable to lead this team during nut cupping time because he's just a wild card. "turning it on" for the playoffs just doesn't work.
now that we have a viable back up point guard, why not slide rajon onto the bench when he passes up the open jumpers and put nate in there, because he'll take them and make life easy on the team? this is what should have happened starting in year 2 with rondo. we're now in year 5 and nobody in the franchise seems to care what the kid does and how he does it. head case is what they used to call this sort of junk. and it's what it still is.