It's easy to explain how Rondo's "glaring weakness" makes it easy to defend the Celts. The explanations just don't generally match up with what happens on the court.Wait, you mean Rondo's defender doesn't play "free safety"? Or Rondo beats teams all the time when they give him open jumpers.
Sorry, can't agree with you there.
No, I mean the way that we're generally among the better teams in the league in terms of things like fg%, efg% and ts% because what Rondo contributes to the offense more than offsets his shooting. You might not think this matters but Rondo beating teams by getting his teammates open shots counts.
So I guess the false claims that Rondo is a great shooter have finally been given up, otherwise there'd be nothing to "offset".
The "false claims that Rondo is a great shooter" probably occurred in your head, not on the blog. Allow me to clarify, I was talking about how defenders give Rondo space to shoot because his shooting, while not as bad as many claim, is a weaker part of his game than penetration or passing.
However, since you brought it up, Rondo's long jump shooting (16-23 feet) was above average this year, which is clearly an encouraging sign.
Of course his creating open shots for teammates counts. Even with that taken into consideration, some will prefer Kyrie. This thread is about comparing Rondo to Kyrie Irving, not to Kevin Ollie. No one is stating that Rondo has no impact on the game or calling him an overall liability. Some people just prefer the package of skills of a different top-level point guard.
Yes, that pretty much sums up what we're discussing.
There have definitely been posts on this forum that Rondo is a great shooter (this is the forum part of the CelticsBlog website, not the blog part, by the way, someone with over 16,000 forum posts should be able to tell the difference).
Rondo's long jump shooting is above average because he is often left open. Plus, the sample size there is pretty small anyway.
You choose to ignore the fact that his long jump shooting is "above average" this year, but his free throw shooting is well below average. Care to guess why? Probably because everyone is left open on free throws, not just Rondo.