why dopeople refuse to go with the evidence. It is amazing how folks will argue with what is patently clear - the team has played better over the last 6 games without Rajon Rondo. I fact, the team has played better without a potent weapon that Rondo had (Sully).
Now argue all you want, but there is a problem when the worst shooter on the team dominates the ball. Afterall BB is about scoring the basketball, right?
If you dont believe me, watch how ineffective Kobe was on defense last night. If Rondo had played Kobe would have convinced hsi team that he would take Rondo, then he would have sagged off Rondo daring him to shoot the ball. Rondo would have pounded a hole on the parquet floor waiting for someone, anyone, to get open. This will not happen until the end of the clock and a desperation shot would be heaved we make it we cheer we miss (which is most of the time) the frustrated players fall back on defense unhappy and not giving full effort because who wants to play defense when they do not get rewarded with touches on the other end fo the court? All in all we have a bunch of players who are not having fun and it did show.
Now the ball is moving, everyone gets a touch, even Barbs is playing.
I put the blame on Doc Rivers... he should have seen all this and noticed thathe was not playing to the strength of his players.