Re: w/o Sahq, nothing is easy. W/o Rondo, it is all mess
posted at 12/19/2010 5:44 PM EST
In Response to w/o Sahq, nothing is easy. W/o Rondo, it is all mess
[QUOTE]Yes Cs got a win, the 13th in the streak. W/o Rondo, Shaq and KG did not have many alley-oops. Nate made bad pass turnovers and Paul made bad dribble turnovers. Bradley had to come in and missed both free-throws. Not a pretty one to watch. Thank God that Cs got a win.
Posted by lovetruth007[/QUOTE]
With Rondo they have won 85% of their games, without Rondo they have won 83% of their games and the one loss was by 1 point otherwise they would be undefeated without Rondo.
Cedric Maxwell said today leading up to the game "no offense to Rondo but with him Rondo tends to dominate the ball but without him the offense seems to be smoother and the ball movement is much better".... maybe that is because everyone on the floor is an option on the offense as opposed to just the other 4 guys.
With a healthy D West the Cs would be saying Rond(wh)o...... give Bradley a complete healthy preseason with Doc and they would be glad that Rondo's contract is expiring in a few years and that they are paying a max of $13 million per year in his contract.
If Jermaine O'Neal and West were healthy right now there would not be any discussion at all about how the Cs would be completely dominating teams.
I am sure it is not even possible for most to remember the last 20 years when most of the teams that raise a trophy and banner had average at best point guards - 5 Lakers with an average point guard, 6 Bulls teams with averate poing guards, 4 Spurs titles with Parker as part of a couple of them.... the rest of those champs had average at best points other than the Pistons teams that beat the Lakers (and obtw that Pistons team had 4 all-stars).
Given all of this - after the playoffs last year Doc was quoted saying that Rondo's inability to shoot really cost them in the playoffs. I will take it one step further - Rondo's inability to shoot ensured that the Lakers were able to double team Ray, Pierce, and KG on many occasions and sag their defense into the lane minimizing the impact of the Lakers paint impact.
Rondo shot 26% from the line in the finals....... let's give some reasonable attempt at reality - Rondo cost the Cs #18.... most of you would love to wax poetic about how Rondo is the engine, the quarterback, etc. He cost them a championship, period.
So w/o Rondo it is all a mess....... unless of course when Rondo is out they give up a lower shooting percentage to the opponent, the shoot the ball better, and they are 2 points away from being undefeated and of course their ball movement is much much much much better.....