Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here…
highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as
satisfying as a good morning dump.
“Our entire bench said it,’’ Rondo
said. “I have the record for most steals and the most gambles in one
“One of the guys
said, ‘Now you can go back to being solid,’ ’’ said Celtics coach Doc
Rondo said with a
grin he wasn’t aware of the gambles.
“We were,’’ Garnett said. “I don’t know if we keep that stat,’’
“We were,’’ Garnett said.
“I don’t know if we keep that stat,’’
“We keep it,’’
Garnett said. “Don’t worry about it.’’
Props to Rondo for his dazzling performance (offense and defense) last night. But… lets address the gambling. How many steals do you think Rondo gets by gambling (and by gambling we mean letting his defender pass so he can poke the ball away from behind)? Not many is my guess. I would say most come on strips and passing lane interceptions.
I think Rondo could still be the league's steals leader is he played straight up defense, a style that would make the team defense even stronger. In other words, know when to hold em, and know when to fold em, kid.
On Page 2, Doc explains the benching of Glen Davis.
quarter after the former committed a triple fault – a turnover,
followed by a foul, followed by a technical foul. Davis didn’t play
“You don’t get a tech in that situation,” said Rivers. “When you’re
up 18 points and your team’s struggling, you’re not (Kevin) Garnett or
one of those guys. You don’t get the liberty, anyway, to talk to the
“And he wasn’t playing well, anyway, at that point. He was playing
like the score, and I just told him he’s not at that point in his life
where he can turn it on and off. We need him to be an every possession
player, and I didn’t think he was that tonight.”
I get Doc's point, but I thought the benching was excessive and embarrassing. Rivers could have made his point without staring down Davis on the court. Yes, Glen is still a young player, but he's no rookie (3rd season). Doc is running the risk of alienating a good young player. And if Doc is going to use that technique, how about getting tough (in public) with 'Sheed or TA when they deserve it?
The rest of the links:
ESPN Boston – Rondo's gambles pay off | Doc puts Baby in corner | Herald – Rondo steals show in record time | Atlantic clinch no cinch for Cs | Kendrick Perkins in pain | Globe – Young star leading by example | Boxing out gets new meaning | Celtics Hub – Half is enough | Celtics Blog – Rondo, Cs dethrone Kings | WEEI – Rondo's time has come | KG gives Rondo pat on back | Technically, Doc unhappy with Davis | CSNNE – Celtics beat Kings, take crown | ESPN – Thunder thrash Lakers | Spurs beat Cavs | Philly takes out Hawks