Simply put Rondo was overall hurting this team. I've been saying so for 3+ yrs now. I always stated Rondo was a Great Player but not a Great Fit. I've been bashed for being a so-called Rondo basher for stating the all of a sudden obvious to many, I even been warned by a moderator in the past for bashing Rondo... Now its an epiphany for most if not all to agree to what I observed 3 seasons ago. thx for catching up
Well I agree with your assessment. Some of the blame goes to Doc who should have recognized the problem especially with zillions of plays run down to the end of the 24 second clock. Rondo's like a caged Tiger he needs to run laps before game to get rid of all that wasteful enthusiasm. As far as the moderator, we're all being watched. Sign, warm air on your neck.
Most nba teams take more shots at the end of the shot clock than the Celts. Why is that, if none of them are saddled with Rondo pounding the ball and running complicated plays?
Most teams don't have 8.7 steals per game either or cause teams to turn the ball over 15.8 times a game.
So you're claiming that 1 above average transition possession a game accounts for the difference? Would we suddenly go from better than average to worse than average if we accounted for it?
I'm not making any claims, just laying the facts.
I personally don't care about the whole when in the shot clock we're shooting discussion, to me is meaningless. Teams have 24 seconds to put up a good shot, don't care much when that shot is taken.
I care more about the amount of time that is put to good use actually looking for a good shot.
But Rondo is just a player of extremes for me, he plays really fast during a stretch, then he goes through an excessively slow stretch. And it's unnecessary. Consistency on how he plays is the big problem, not his ability to perform as he should.
As I've mentioned through the past 5 or so years, one of my main problems with Rondo is the role he's been given, and not being satisfied how he performs under that role (and considering the role, he deserves a lot of praise, and a lot of the blame). I really think he would perform much better for us, and the team would perform better with him, under different circumstances. And as I've said plenty of times, really liked how he played during last year's playoffs through much of it... but it's irrelevant to his contribution to us so far this year.
Still it's maddening when a guy with his speed, which is his biggest asset, doesn't put it to appropriate use. It's maddening seeing his poor defensive effort. I could generally live with one of the two not being there game to game, but not the two, which happens too often.