Re: Celtics are better with Nate at the point
posted at 11/27/2010 5:44 AM EST
In Response to Re: Celtics are better with Nate at the point
[QUOTE]Personally, I like the idea of Nate playing late in a close game over Rondo. Face it, our offense has bogged down late in some games due to the fact Rondo cant shoot and D's sag. Posted by Karllost[/QUOTE]
not to be draconian about it, but SOMETHING has to give this year in order for us to really be finals contenders. last year it was sheer improvement in rondo's game, despite the still missing final ingredients of basic jumper & FT reliability.
this year, we are well into it, and rondo has once again become putrid at the free throw line and now people are dazzled by his high assist numbers, that i think are more akin to other people having to do more work to get the points scored than really snazzy point guard play.
so, my key point being, if rondo does not IMPROVE this year, and he has not- his individual defense is lazy/sloppy at times, and he still can't shoot- THEN HOW DO WE GET BETTER TO MITIGATE AGE ON OUR STARS????
the answer to that is going with nate in fourth quarters. not necessarily every game. but EVERY time i see that horrid slow down, the ray and the paul bringing the ball up to insulate our lilliputian point guard star from having to shoot freebies and earn his keep, then PULL THE PLUG on that project and put nate in and let him prove you wrong.
so far nate has largely risen to the occasion and the DECREASED WORK LOAD on KG, PP, RA make them getting their points so less laborious it is worth having a floor spreader out there rather than a superior passer who over-passes it in a half court game and won't shoot. nobody will be doubling off of nate because he's automatic on wide open shots. end of story.
THAT is how this team improves this year to make up for father time. that and better quality bigs assuming shak or jerlame is healthy enough to play.