Re: OKC vs Celtics
posted at 1/24/2014 10:09 PM EST
In response to Fiercy's comment:
In response to Petey62's comment:
How does "passing up 3-point open s-h-o-t-s causes the offense to stall in Stevens' system"? I'm not a genius but going 5 for 27 on 3-pointers just might do more to stall the offense than passing them up. Don't you think?.
AB's absence and "Rondo is not a good fit in Brad Stevens' system" have NOTHING to do with tonight's poor showing.
If AB was available and Rondo WAS a good fit because he doesn't pass up 3-point s-h-o-t-s, we'd still get blown out. A whole lof of people did not pass up open 3-point s-h-o-t-s, which fits with Stevens' system. But Rondo does not fit therefore we lost.
But I still like your posts and their, unusual logic.
I'll give you an example.
When the Celts had Jordan Crawford at PG, the opposing PG would always stay at the 3-point line to prevent JC from taking a 3-pointer.
But when it's Rondo, the opposing PG will be closer to the FT line because he knows Rondo is not a threat from beyond the arc.
How the opposing team defends Rondo is the key.
Every team in the NBA right now knows Rondo is not a threat from beyond the arc.
So by playing off of Rondo, the opposing PG can roam and clog the driving lanes.
You can't do that if your PG can make 3-pointers.
Fierce, I think that argument is overused and outdated. Rondo is not a good perimeter s-h-o-o-t-i-n-g PG. Everybody knows that. No opposing PGs clog the lane more frequently now since Rondo has returned versus when Pressey comes into the game or when Crawford played the PG. Just doesn't happen as you say.
With Crawford at the PG, we did not have open lanes to the hoop because the opposing PG had to stay at the 3-point line to protect against Crawford. You cannot just SAY SOMETHING like that and believe that it's true just because you're saying it.
Bottom line, the Celtics HAVE NO CONSISTENT 3-POINT S-HOOTER. Sully's man plays off of him at the 3-point line. Fav's man plays off him as does Wallace's man at the 3-point line. Every Celtics player who spots up at the 3-point line has an open look because nobody believes we can s-h-o-o-t 3's.
It's not just Rondo, it's everybody.