But his assist to TO ratio was worse.
Probably at least partially reflective of the poor shooting of his teammates. Consider that Rondo has been on the floor a ton of minutes with Bass, Pierce & Terry (plus a still-getting-back-into-it Avery Bradley) during their prolonged shooting slumps.
This has almost certainly left many a potential assist as just that. Potential.
The number of assists didn't go down. The number of TOs went up.
That's not missed shots.
Missed shots would imply that more passes were needed to get the same number of assists.
Also consider that we usually start the season with a pretty set lineup and rotations and add in players in mid-season. His turnovers IMO tend to go up a little after the trades/buyout signings. This year we've been trying to integrate a lot of new people and we haven't had steady rotations all year.
To me, it looks like he was pressing on offense.
I agree. It looks, to you, like he was pressing on offense.
He was having a down year defensively.
Well, as I pointed out elsewhere, not when he was on the floor with the starters (99 DRtg). His DRtg was only really high in some lineups mixing in new guys.
So you think we were seeing Rondo at his best this year?
I guess I just have a higher opinion on what he is capable and should be doing.
"at his best" is a subjective assessment. All we can have is opinions there.
The problem when trying to assess Rondo 'objectively' is that Rondo's style of play is so tightly intertwined with the rest of the team. His style of defense relies heavily on the help rotations of the bigs behind him. His offense depends on his teammates making shots.
With some diligence, you can pull out some tidbits that indicate that, yeah, Rondo was actually performing at a pretty high level all season. But, given the overall performance of the team in the first half, it is understandable that many fans may not share that view.