… probably because Rondo didn't really make the pass that led to the basket.
Freakin league clearly hates the Celtics.
I would like to know HOW they found out it was THIS play that gave the false assist count…
I knew the exact play they were talking about cause I was at the game and you heard them announce the basket was a Rondo assist. I remember being pretty confused and just figured they said his name instead of Ray’s by an accident.
To be honest though it was an unassisted basket IMO. Shaq is in the post takes a couple dribbles and lays it in. To me an assist is when the scorer takes no dribbles or maybe one in stride for a lay up/dunk
Love Rajon but the home scorers give him some favorable ones. I remember another one last night where he passed it to Quis who held it in the post for a while (might’ve taken a dribble too, can’t remember), and then scored…not an assist.
The pass set Shaq up for the basket, and what he did was basically fiddle around. It WAS an assist. But yes, for Ray, not Rondo. However, if a case can ever be made for a hockey assist in basketball, it could be made there, since really, it was the two passes that set Shaq up, two passes that virtually amounted to one pass, which I think is what confused the statistician.
According to Wikipedia …
“In basketball, an assist is attributed to a player who passes the ball to a teammate in a way that leads to a score by field goal, meaning that he or she was “assisting” in the basket. There is some judgment involved in deciding whether a passer should be credited with an assist. An assist can be scored for the passer even if the player who receives the pass makes a basket after dribbling the ball. However, the original definition of an assist did not include such situations, so the comparison of assist statistics across eras is a complex matter.”
Now I don’t know, maybe the NBA rules on assists contradict this, but really, isn’t it obvious that if the pass sets up the basket, it doesn’t negate the assist if the scorer makes some kind of move, especially if that move involves fiddling around more likely to cost the basket than help it, such as Shaq seems to have done.
Remember, an assist is not the same as a goal. You don’t have to actually put the ball in the basket. All you have to do is help get it in there. I don’t know where people get the idea that a pass has to practically put the ball in the basket for it to be an assist. Rondo and Allen clearly put Shaq in excellent position to score. If that’s not an assist, I don’t know what is.
Granted, since it’s not hockey, only Allen should get the assist, but really, they both deserved it. Excellent passes led to a score.
And does anyone really think that other point guards don’t get favorable assist calls? Really, people! Come on!
me too. What, do they have assist police?
Doesn’t the NBA have better things to do than this? Don’t fans and writers have something better to do than to obsess over it? Rondo is accomplishing something very special this year and it almost seems like folks can’t believe or don’t want to believe it, like they are looking for some reason to say that it’s all fakery. What is going on with that? The guy is an extraordinary passer and quarterback, on a team that appreciates his unique talents and has the right personnel to make the most of them. Why shouldn’t he be leading the league in assists? The team is leading the league with an extraordinary and sustained shooting percentage. Doesn’t it seem likely that Rondo’s passing has something to do with that?
So it seems the NBA has stat police. Or is it only for Rondo?
It was Ray’s assist. What’s the problem?
Damn – i got Ray in fantasy……fuckin robbed…