Here’s a rundown of every Boston possession from the five-minute mark until the game was out of reach in the last minute:
• 4:35: Boston has Paul Pierce set a screen for Rondo at the foul line with the goal of drawing a switch. It works, and Pierce isolates with Bryant on his back. The Lakers double-team Pierce, who kicks to Kevin Garnett for a long jumper. It misses.
• 4:20: Boston grabs the offensive rebound and resets. It runs a Pierce/Garnett pick-and-pop. The Lakers double Pierce, who again kicks to Garnett on the perimeter. Garnett passes on the J and tries to beat Pau Gasol off the dribble. He misses an awkward runner. Garnett working off the dribble from 20 feet out is not exactly on page 1 of Boston’s playbook.
• 4:02: Boston grabs another offensive board and gets the ball out of bounds after Bryant fouls Glen Davis. After the inbounds, Rondo holds the ball on the perimeter, waiting for Ray Allen to post up Derek Fisher on the right block. Allen gets Fisher on his back, takes the pass from Rondo, backs down Fisher and misses a tough but makeable leaner.
• 3:28: Another Pierce/KG pick-and-roll, this time on the right side, and Pierce loses the ball on his drive to the rim. Rondo does not touch the ball.
• 3:02: Out of a timeout, Rivers calls for Pierce to get the ball on the left wing and pass to Garnett inside after KG takes a screen along the baseline. The Lakers foul Garnett before he can shoot. Rondo’s job on the play? Stand still at the top of the arc with the ball and pass it to Pierce.
• 2:54: Boston runs a Pierce/Davis pick-and-roll on the left side as Rondo roves along the right side, totally uncovered. The C’s swing the ball around, and it eventually gets to Rondo, who nails an open 20-footer. Again: Rondo as finisher, not creator.
• 2:25: Boston has Allen set a screen for Pierce at the top of the arc as Rondo hangs out in the right corner. Pierce drives and dishes to Davis, who makes a layup.
• 1:35: Boston calls the same Pierce/Allen play. The Lakers contain it, forcing Boston to swing the ball around again. Rondo (with Kobe again ignoring him) flashes to the lane, takes a pass from Garnett and lays it in, plus the foul. Again, Rondo plays the role of finisher.
Read the whole article and weap, Rondo lovers. I am not a Rondo hater, but am dang tired of waiting for this kid to stop being a liability. The lakers gave us YET ANOTHER TASTE of the NBA FINALS from last year, during which RONDO FELL TO PIECES IN GAMES 3-7, and WE LOST in a most MISERABLE and EXCRUCIATING fashion.
The truth is, poor rebounding bigs and all, we should have won in 5 games if Rondo remained a functional NON-LIABILITY point guard as he was in Games 1 and 2 of the series.
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