Re: RONDO...HIS MOMENT OF TRUTH
posted at 5/6/2011 8:55 PM EDT
In Response to Re: RONDO...HIS MOMENT OF TRUTH
[QUOTE]On Rondo... Does anyone doubt that this kid will get them the ball if they're open??? Well then, the problem lies elsewhere... maybe "the big 3?" These guys have become spot shooters. Only Pierce can make his own shot and he's even money to be stripped of the ball in the process. It's nobody's fault. They're very slow and it's age, not heart or desire. So, we're back to Rondo. He has to make it all happen and it's a little different every night. Does he wait for them, or just go? This results in the wild inconsistency. Personally, I'd like to see him just go and the rest of the guys follow. But Doc has those ideas about avoiding any "Olympics." You can do both, but the commitment has to made on the first. When Tommy's Celtics were nearing their end he picked up an athletic squirrel named Charley Scott and told him to run it up. If they don't follow, shoot it yourself. It worked and they won it all in 76 with Silas and Nelson, of whom "the Pistol" said, "Those guys couldn't outrun the Mills Brothers." This Miami team is the one we can beat. They walk it up. Go Atlanta! I don't want to see Chicago.
Posted by MrJohnnyMost[/QUOTE]
Well, JohnnyMost, I agree with a lot of your points, but there are one or two points I'd like to challenge in your post:
1. Miami is not a walk it up team. Miami lives and thrives off of steals and fast breaks. When we hit a shot and when we get back on D, they HAVE to walk it up, but in general - they LOVE to make a steal and run.
2. Yes, I do doubt that if one of the big 3 is open, Rondo may or may not get them the ball. That's the problem with Rondo. how many times have we seen him start throwing the hero passes rather than giving the ball to someone who's one pass away and open? How many times is that pass stolen? Sometimes he's great and sometimes he's into throwing terrible passes. How many times have we seen him hold the ball (especially at the end of a quarter) and not get the ball to Paul nor Ray, holding it so long that he has to take a terrible end of quarter desperation shot? Rondo does NOT always know when to drive and when to pass. When he does that well, he's great. When he doesn't, he's hurting the team.
3. This team was built with a TEAM concept. That means each player plays a role. They are BUILT with the idea that our point guard is not a Rose type scorer. he's supposed to get the ball to others int he right spot and call the right play. So, he's not a hero - he's only doing what the Coach asked him to do when he passes.
I agree that the problem with the Big 3 is not heart nor desire, but I do think its just a matter of a bad game and folks are too down on them for that. Ray had 25 points in Game 1 - shot GREAT in the games against NY Knicks, and is shooting something like 60%% from 3 point land in the playoffs. He has one bad game and all of a sudden, fans want to bench him and say he's too old. He had ONE BAD GAME FOLKS!!!!!! Remember Game one? Remember the knicks series?
KG had a bad game 1. So he and Ray did not have a good game together. Rondo and Pierce are the ones who haven't played great ball either game. We need to get 2 or 3 of the 4 playing well in one game and this whole thing turns around. So, I am with you that we can turn this around at home and win the next two games with only a few adjustments - one of them being Mr Rondo making smart passes with few turnovers and being aggressive.