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Too Much Talking and Not Enough Listening?

Jay May 10, 2011 Uncategorized 9 Comments

By now just about every Celtics fan (as well as NBA fan) has viewed, reviewed, and reviewed again the final botched play of Game 4 just under 20 seconds left.  It was a massive failure due to miscommunication.  Or was it?  Following the game several Celtic players as well as head coach Doc Rivers all gave their assessment on what went wrong.  For the most part, they all seemed to be on the same page when at least explaining what should have happened.  Except for Rajon Rondo.

Rondo's take included the following: "It's a surprise but it happens, you know? Lotta talking in the huddle, but there wasn't enough listening, I believe."

I'm a huge Rondo fan and what he did in Game 3 was legendary.  The mere fact that he was even out there playing in Game 4 was incredible in of itself.  But in this instance, I disagree with him.  In fact, if you watch the huddle before the final play, it seems like he is the only one doing extra talking other than Doc.  Watch the clip below and judge for yourselves.


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  • http://profile.typepad.com/karibisha Karibisha

    Thanks for the cilp. After watching it agree with you. Rondo trying to do too much, playing the assistant coach? Maybe he was the distraction for the players with Doc in the huddle? Either way the loss still hurts.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/karibisha Karibisha

    Just one last side note… I think the last big hurrah for the Big 3 is the Hall of Fame.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/alexcosta Alex Costa

    I think the Big Three will definitely feel unsatisfied, even when they reach the Hall of Fame. The fact that they only won one championship together will haunt them in a while because they did have the ability to win more than 2 at least. Unfortunately, injuries and age got in the way…
    Miami will definitely be enjoying their Big Three, due to the fact that they are in their prime. We can make fun of them all we want, but they are most likely going to be the 2008 Boston Celtics team for about 4-5 years until age catches up to them as well, but at least they will win championships during that time.
    Argh, so depressing last night, still depressed now.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/mannoperry Perry Manno

    No doubt they’ll have regrets if the torch is truly being passed at this moment in the EC, and as far as Celtic folklore goes one ain’t never enough. But would they have even sniffed a finals appearance without each other? Probably not due to their respective ages. Unlike Miami that’s the risk you take assembling a core over 30. Not putting them out to pasture just yet, but when you consider where the franchise was before the trades and the level of dominant play since, it was all worth it.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/chrismcmorrow Chris McMorrow

    Sure, Rondo was talking too much, but the play broke down because of KG and Ray’s miscommunication, watching that clip, it doesn’t look like they we’re too distracted or talking too much. Which of course makes their lack of execution even more inexcusable.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/paulmkane2001 Paulmkane2001

    I love it. You guys just never stop. How many times has Doc called Rondo a coach on the floor? So now you are ripping him for being a coach on the floor. Makes me sick.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/paulmkane2001 Paulmkane2001

    The Big Three have been outplayed badly by the Miami Big Three. But it’s all Rondo’s fault.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f2d28d7970c BigMck

    I see nothing wrong with what Rondo, or any Celtics player, was doing in that huddle. They all seem engaged.
    But I still have no idea what the hell KG and Ray were doing during the play.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/mrtripledouble10 MrTripleDouble10

    Completely agree with Chuck on this. The point of this post wasn’t to bash Rondo at all, just to point out that there wasn’t too much talking at all. Chuck said it perfectly.