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Your Morning Dump… Where Rondo’s option #1 until everyone else gets going

RedsArmyAdmin January 12, 2012 Uncategorized 5 Comments

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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.

Could Rondo really be that far ahead of his teammates in the readiness stage.

“What do you think?” said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. “I mean, honestly, what do you see? Yeah, he is. Ray’s right there. Ray is playing terrific too. And Kevin defensively is pretty good. Offensively we still have to get him going more. But Rondo is just playing terrific. And we’ve got to allow him to be terrific. We shouldn’t get in his way, and that’s what we’re doing.

“This is his team right now, until everyone else gets going.”

Herald:  Celtics just can't wait

Rajon Rondo has to think score first right now.  He's the best scoring option, especially when Ray doesn't have it. 

I don't know how long it will take, or if it will ever happen, but the Celtics offense of the past is nowhere to be found.  Without Rajon Rondo killing himself on drives, the C's would have had nothing last night.  

I keep telling myself I'm going to wait until the end of the month to start getting really worried… but if the Celtics don't get it together soon, they could be 4-8 in a blink (Chicago, Indiana and Oklahoma City are the next 3 opponents).  That's not an appetizing thought. 

Related links:  CSNNE:  Blakely: This is Rondo's team now  |  ESPN Boston: The amazing, aggressive Rondo  |  WEEI:  This is Rondo's team, now he needs help  |  Globe:  Video: Rondo on the Celtics offense

On Page 2:  Mickael Pietrus "was one of our best players"

"That’s Mickael Pietrus," he said. "I’m going to fight for my teammates, I’m going to fight for my coaches, and I’m going to fight for the Celtics." 

On a night Boston's Big Three struggled to provide a spark, coach Doc Rivers raved about the new guy's gutsy effort. 

“[Pietrus] was phenomenal," said Rivers. "I thought we was one of our best players in the game. He clearly gave our team energy, played hard, turned the ball[-handler] — he’s exactly what we need. And it’s just going to get better. Even if it didn’t, I’d take it. Really. He was terrific, he really was. His energy, his joy — he brought joy to the game. You know, you can just see it. He was so happy to play, and really the only reason he came out was because he was dying. He was getting tired and I had to take him out.” 

ESPN Boston:  Pietrus brought joy to the game 

Pietrus provided a spark off the bench that got the Celtics back into the game.  You could look at his intensity as a huge reason the Celtics even had a chance in this one.  

Which really re-enforces the fact that this team is a total work in progress.  With Pietrus here now and, hopefully, only getting better, it will change how Doc apportions minutes.  Pietrus might have finished the game if he wasn't gassed.  

The Celtics have lost games 5 games, but they had a chance to beat the Knicks, Miami, Indiana and Dallas.  If the C's executed better, hit a few shots they'd normally make… maybe were in better shape or had Paul Pierce at 100%… and we're looking at maybe a 6-3 or even 7-2 team. 

Of course, that didn't happen.  But it could happen once this team more closely resembles its finished product.  I just hope that happens soon.

Related links: Herald: Pietrus finally hits the floor 

The rest of the links:

CSNNE: Zero second chance points an issue for the Celtics  |  West returns to the Garden in a big way  |  Celtics fall to Mavs, drop below .500  |  Talking points  |  ESPN Boston:  KG: "We will get better"  | WEEI:  Celtics get Nowitzki'd  |  What did Delonte mean to the Celtics?  "toughness"  |  Celtics search for an identity |  Herald:  No excuse for this one  |  West recalls "great things" with Green  |  Time for Big 3 to play big  |  Globe: Mavericks finish off Celtics  |  West wanted a return  |  Nowitzki shifted gears  |  MWDN: Doomed by Dirk's late shot

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

    Forgive me KWAPT and Reds Army for drawing this analogy, but here it goes.
    It took Kobe 31 shots (including a brick in regulation), but last night he managed a second 40 point game, willing his team to 8-4 after the 0-2 start. In Tuesday’s win, which saw him drop 48 on PHX, he snickered ‘not bad for the 7th best player in the league’, referring to True Hoop’s ranking system. Kobe is taking notes; he’s intent on cheating father time. He’s using the ‘heavy mileage’ tag as a motivational weapon. He’s playing with a chip on his shoulder. So what about our 3 future HOF’s setting the same kind of tone?
    It’s one thing to go hard at practice, but you can’t follow up a no-show rebounding performance Friday night and be outscored 17-0 on second chance points the following game (after 4 days rest) by an older team playing a back to back. The urgency is simply not there yet, and if they actually believe they’re better than 4-5, and can turn this around on reputation alone, it might be time to give Sheed a call. We’ve been down this road before. In the Sheed era some of the most pathetic efforts were explained away by the dog days of the regular season. Granted Sheed turned into a prophet, but Miami and Chicago may be the best 1-2 punch in the league and we don’t have the luxury to navigate an 82 game schedule to use as an excuse.
    True, LA still has Gasol and Bynum, but what about the aging Spurs? Despite losing Ginobil they’re 7-4 and have managed to build a younger ensemble around Duncan. Danny passed over D. Jordan for Giddens, could have stuck with Brooks or drafted Cole instead of JJ and in between there was Avery Bradley. The money spent on Sheed, JO, and to a lesser extent Shaq never would comport with RR’s skill set.
    Although they have a top five transition offense, they play at a slow pace. They followed up a 66 FGA performance with 75 last night (Dallas put up 20 more shots). They ranked in the top ten in offensive efficiency, but have fallen to #15.
    It should have never come down to KG overplaying Dirk. They started the game shooting 1 for 10, and outscored 21-12 after Carlise cleverly threw himself out. They should have been ready to send a message from the get and put the league on notice never to count them out. It’s not that they don’t want to compete … they’ve just lost the eye of the tiger since pushing both NY and Miami to the brink.
    Still, with Pietrus added to the mix we have a solid, proven 7-man rotation on paper. Doc will figure out the rest and should mandate ‘rebound or sit’. It’s still early, but our future HOF’s need to take a page from Kobe’s book and play like proud warriors every night.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/eric73 mrchumpy

    Rondo played absolute shit defense in that game. He got lost on absolutely EVERY pick and roll, resulting in gaping holes in the interior and necessitating the bigs to leave their men to cover.
    Kid just looked lazy the whole game.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/the_bantam the_bantam

    I am glad Rondo is on this team. It’s frustrating for folks to put him under a microscope while our HOF’s can’t play to their potential.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/sondler Jerry Sondler

    KG is now a 13 pt.-7 reb. player….gone are days he was good for 23-13.
    Add to that Boston`s total lack of a physical presence in the paint.
    Bottom Line : NBA Lottery, here we come!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/jmeedu James Eisenman

    This team is totally frustrating. Rondo was fine offensively, for once,and had some steals but, overall, he is still a horrible defender. He gets picked on every pick and the bigs have to make up for his arrogance and laziness. KG made a huge mistake. Not for guarding Dirk too closely but for overplaying his left hand. Dirk is ambidextrous. Duh. Cede the right hand when the game is on the line and he will take it. Their offense is putrid. Little movement most of the time. Poor shooting. This is unbearable to watch.