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RedsArmyAdmin May 20, 2008 Uncategorized 4 Comments on The Key Matchup

The Celtics and Pistons are remarkably evenly matched teams.  Only at 1 position is there a stark contrast in the style of play:  point guard.

Not to over simplify things… but the chances are very good that whomever wins this battle… will be on the winning team.  I find it almost impossible to believe that Chauncey Billups would vastly outplay Rondo in a Pistons loss. 

So what will the difference be?  In one word:  Tempo.

Chauncey Billups isn't a fast break point guard.  He's a bull.  He's most effective in a half-court set, posting Rondo up, and working the offense to get people open jumpers.  Besides… I still think his hamstring is an issue.  Even if it feels better… it's only been about a week.  Quick cuts can't be good for it. 

So its up to Rajon Rondo to push the issue.  Force the tempo.  Make your teammates run.  Billups is a tremendous player… but Rondo is too fast.  He's too fast for anyone on the Pistons.  Rondo has no choice here.  Push the ball… get to the middle of the lane… and make things happen.  If you stand around try to run sets against the Pistons… we can forget the finals.  If Rondo get himself into the lane… then we'll see a repeat of this video… and another round in the playoffs.


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  • Hey Bostonians… I am rooting hard for the Celtics but all indications are that they will lose. They cannot continue to win every homegame and play poorly on the road. My heart roots for the Celts but my head says Detroit.

  • lakerhater

    Your right, Rondo needs to play his butt off to keep Billups from killing the C’s and he ain’t gonna get much help from Cassell. I think your making too much out of Billups Hammy. Rip Hamilton looks like the kind guy who would be happy to help Billups “rub it out” if it hurt. I’m just sayin’………

  • Jim

    Chauncey injured his hammy on May 7th…today is May 20th so it’s been 13 days, not really a week. Plus, he’s fully particpated in 3 practices with no setbacks. The hamstring shouldn’t be an issue…if theres something to look out for it’ll be his game conditioning, which takes a different toll on you then scrimmaging in practices.

  • Tim (FD)

    I think we’ve had this discussion before… but I think people read way too much into individual matchups in basketball.