Re: Rondo was a minus 4 tonight.....
posted at 12/8/2012 12:36 AM EST
jru holliday is one of the best young pgs in the league and got outplayed by rondo. holliday shot 7-18 from the floor and had 15 points and 4 assists. he averages 18 and 9.
every single top flight pg in the nba gets by their defender multiple times a game. every single one. if you don't know that you don't know nba basketball. no one STOPS derek rose, rondo, steve nash, chris paul, deron williams, russell westbrook. for that matter no one STOPS ty lawson, kyle lowrey, rubio, jennings, irving, parker, or holliday. they penetrate, they get to the basket. each and every one of them, multiple times throughout the game, no matter who they are playing against. they do it aginst one another; they do it against inferior pgs. get it? teams do their best to devise schemes to stop players like this. it's like shut down corners in the nfl - they virtually don't exist anymore. you can't hand check anymore, the rules (like with nfl receivers) favor the guy with the ball so there is not one on one stopping of pgs. it doesn't exist.
rondo could probably do a little better job getting in front of his man to stop penetration some of the time, but we are not privy to scheme and cannot tell what is being asked of him. clearly, he has almost no protection behind him, particularly when garnett is out of the game, and that backline defense is a must for perimeter defenders. some of these issues are likely atrributable to lack of rotation. with that said, rondo is an excllent team defender.
tonight rajon rondo had 5 turnovers, including a couple that led to fast break baskets. it is clear he has gotten a little careless at times and maybe needs to do a little better job taking care of the ball (thinks he gets a little too creative occasionally) even considering how much he has it in his hands and how many pays he makes night in and night out (with a lot of passes and assists comes turnovers). in fact, lookiing closer at the leaders in turnovers, rondo is #9, but ahead of him are names like irving, harden, holliday, bryant, westbrook, vasquez.. what do these names have in common? they are either pgs or the main facilitators for their team. they have the ball a lot . they make plays. gee, some all stars on that list. who is right behind rondo? howard; durant; lilliard; conley; carmelo anthony. see the pattern?
now, you want to talk assist to turnover ratio? gets even better for rondo. not only he is 8th in the league in BEST assist to turnover ratio if one looks closely you see that he is the only person other than chris paul (who is 5th) who is playing full time/starters minutes. so, you then see that rondo is actually great with basketball.
the rest of rondo's stat line reads 8-14 from the floor, including a number of shots from the perimeter. 0-2 from the line. 13 rebounds. 14 assists. 3 steals. 3 blocked shots. he harrassed the ball all night, ran the team, found open people. rajon rondo was not the reason why the celtics lost. in fact, without him they would have been down 10-12 points.
jason terry shot 1-12 from the floor. paul pierce was 9-24 with four turnovers and number of fumbles and near turnovers. pierce has to realize he is aging and can't do soem of the things he used to do. he was never great when called upon to play point forward and he needs to cease and desist at this point in his career because he's a step slower. pierce and terry were a combined 1-15 from the three point line.
rondo, pierce, lee, and garnett all choked huge shots down the stretch.
bass had one shot.
sullinger had no shots.
the celts have no low post presence, with the exception of garnett, who gets most of his offense shooting turnaround and elbow jumpers.
bad, bad game, but one positive was jeff green, who looked a engaged and active as he has all season. first time i have seen him appear to be in the flow and a real prt of the action. even saw him react to some calls and plays by teammates. he needs to show up every night.
rondo is the celts best player, an current and future perennial all-star, a HUGE asset, a consensus top 10-15 player in the league, a consensus top 5 pg in the league's deepest position (I put him at #3 when rose is healthy), not a problem at all, and if you like basketball and are a celts fan how do you not thank god you get to watch him night in and night out? gutsy, dependable winner.