Ray did great on the offensive end but he was not a solid defender. His defense killed us last year, I realize he was hurt.
I tempered last night game with the fact it was the Magic. They are horrible, Moore could not even break into the rotation here folks.
When I recall the playoffs of the last years, I concur we would have got nowhere without Rondo. He had some superhuman games that won us series.
The issue with the Rondo style of play is that Rajon gets his assists but it is usually at the expense of ball movement. He dominates the ball and does not give it up until very late in the shot clock so that the recepient of his pass seldom has a chance to make another pass. This creates stagnation on offense, and helps the defense because when a defendant knows the defense knows that your only option is a shot two things happen your man goes all in to challenge your shot because he knows you are not passing, and the rest of the defense crashes the board because they dont have to even think about defending the entry pass - in short the defense is given an easy job and the offense looks ****ty.
Assists are made buckets. The team that makes the most buckets and scores the most wins. This ball movement crap is obviously from someone who never played anything but elementary basketball. ( just waiting for the I played div II lie to come). If your scoring it's good, period. There is only a 24 second shot clock. I could point out all the shot clock violations during the Rondo era, and make you a bigger fool. But they happened all the time for us so much for the quick scoring options.
I don't think this is on Rondo. I think the other guys relied on him too much. They let him set him up because he is so good at it. So it was they who got lazy, they don't have a choice now.
Good as Rondo is , and he is the best player on this team. We have not truly seen what he can do folks. If he had five guys who could run, then I think he would be even better.