Re: Rondo nick names
posted at 8/10/2010 1:36 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Rondo nick names
[QUOTE]...... doesn't it seem strange that Rondo's scoring average in the Laker series was IDENTICAL to his regular season average? How do you explain that? I also find it odd that you seem to think that the only playoff series that Rondo has ever played was against LA. His stellar performances in the '09 playoffs as well as this year's, seem to contradict every point you have tried to make.
Posted by jerrycole[/QUOTE]
jerry, jerry, jerry.
i have consistently made the point of my arguement the evaporation point of rondo's aggressiveness in the lakers season- specifically games 3-6 when it was a wide open series. very wide open.
let us take a look, shall we?
Rondo for Games 3-6 vs. LAL
2.5 FTA/ Game
1/8 FT = 12.5%
24/52 FG = 46.1%
Compared to Rondo regular season:
3.27 AST / TO
3.5 FTA / Game
And if I was to outline the rest of Rondo's playoffs not including games 3-6 vs LAL when he got scared to shoot, the difference would be even more vast and alarming. He was a TOTALLY DIFFERENT PLAYER in the meat and potatoes stretch of the lakers series, Jerry. And not in a good way.
Further evidence as to the lack of aggressiveness during crucial games 3-6 is the fact that Rondo averaged 4.75 FTA's per game for the WHOLE playoffs and that includes these passive games 3-6 in the LA series
where he shot almost no freebies in a game.
And now that you mention the 09 playoffs, a similar pattern emerged in Rondo's play. After being prolific against the Bulls, and accurate (enought) but not great (64%) from the stripe and with jumpers, Rondo had a lapse in aggressiveness starting in Game 2 vs. Orlando. And that does not even consider the fact that while Rondo was getting near / or triple doubles vs. Chicago, he was not preventing Rose from getting much less.
So if you can manage to get beyond that shiny object of the abberational statistics with Rondo, that I too really wish were regular instead of abberations, you can see that if Rondo was ALWAYS the player that he shows flashes of being, he would be the top guard in the game.
However, a guard w/o a consistent jumper threat and w/o the ability to consistently nail free throws becomes schizophrenic by nature and who could blame him I suppose. I wouldn't want to go to the stripe if I knew I couldn't hit.
Back to 08-09- take a looky at the stats. Rondo had a brutal game 1 vs. ORL from the field but made up for it like all top shelf players should by getting his FTA's, and hitting them. But then, from Game 2-7, Rondo reverted to a non-aggressive personality where he averaged but 3 FTA's per game and managed 55.5% FT% from games 2-7 vs. Orlando. And, over that stretch of Games 2-7 vs. ORL, Rondo's FG% was 40.2%. So he struggled mightily to hit the shot and the free throw.
In the 08-9 playoffs, rondo's role was admittedly different with KG out. So you can't really look at the stats through the same level of scrutiny as this last year when the team was whole. Rondo did well vs. Chi but I sure would have liked to see him be able to outscore Rose, which he didn't. Or at least hold him lower than several points over his regular season average- that would have been a real statement.
The scoring between the two was 19.7ppg for Rose and 19.4ppg for Rondo. Rose shot 50% FG's and Rondo shot 45%. Rose shot 80% FT's and Rondo shot 64% FT's. Rondo rebounded and assisted more than Rose. Really my only hope was coming into that series was that Rondo would hold the rookie down in scoring and that didn't really happen.
In hindsight- imagine how badly Rondo would have smoked Rose in that matchup if his FT's were at 75% or better- it would have brought a whole different level of confidence to Rondo's game to drive and get fouled. Think how Tiny Archibald did his business. He was small but he was dominant and he distributed the ball as well- was an all around threat.
Going forward, I have no trepidations with Rondo taking over a bigger scoring role and I really don't think the big old 3 would care one bit if Rondo chucked in 18 or more a night because all of it would make their lives so much easier
. In fact, Rondo HAS to step up and carry some major regular season nut this year, more than last year by far.
The reasons why he has to do this are that everyone is a year older and Ray's minutes and therefore scoring have to come way down in order for us to compete in the post season. Ray's had ZILCH left the last 3 seasons and counting when it comes to the playoffs. So there's your pick up for Rondo's points and nobody will care one bit about it.
Rondo should go up 5 points a game this year. And I don't care if that comes right off of KG's total- in fact, it should. And there's some Ray scoring to pick up to, assuming we are going to do the right thing and finally limit Ray's minutes played to a reasonable level.
Then after a FULL season of being ABLE to be the man consistently
when it comes to commanding the open J rather than IT bossing Rondo around what a difference that would make. And of course also not being afraid of the FT, Rondo would be a totally different player come playoff time. He WOULD be able to push the button and be great WHEN THE CELTS NEED HIM TO BE
, not just when Rondo CAN be according to his given confidence level that night.