I often wonder what opposing teams, their beat reporters and bloggers are saying about the Celtics after playing the Celtics. Here's a dose of 'enemy chatter' from Los Angeles.
Mo Williams completely took over the leadership down the stretch. Even on the buckets he didn’t make, he assisted or was involved. When the Kevin Garnett made a (rare) jumper and brought the Celtics within three (86-83), Mo took a really high screen from DeAndre and drew the foul on Rondo as he heaved up a three point attempt, then Mo made all three free throws. When Paul Pierce drew the foul and made both free throws, pulling the Celtics within 4 (89-85), Mo Williams drilled a Randy Foye assisted corner three to get the game back up to seven. Mo assisted on Ryan Gomes corner three to put the game up 10 (97-87) and he dumped a pass off to DeAndre off the drive for a monster jam. All of this on top of the Lawler’s Law three.
As if watching the Clippers beat the Celtics isn't bad enough, I had to witness the insufferbale Mo Williams lead the charge. To Mo's credit, I didn't see many theatrics. Maybe those antics left his repotoire when Lebron James left him standing at the altar in Cleveland.
Mo's effectiveness raises a larger issue – Rondo's man-to-man defense. Yes – I know I've harped on this part of his game for several years now. But there are times where Rondo's on the ball defense is atrocious.
Maybe I'm not smart enough to know that his positioning is part of the Celtics defensive scheme. I just know what I see… Rondo has the ability to be a lockdown one-on-one defender and he's not. He's still a free-wheeling gambler.