After every game, we’ll take stock of how each individual performance affects the player’s overall value.
Let’s not sugar coat this sucker. It was pretty bad all the way around. So I’m not going to waste my time running through every single player.
But there were are a couple of bright spots:
KG shot 6 of 9. I don’t know why he didn’t get more shots, since he was hitting them.
Jared Sullinger shot 7 of 12, which is nice. 16 point and 5 rebounds really is the equivalent of a parent finding the quarter their child swallowed in his poop the next morning.
Rajon Rondo shot 5 of 7. And that’s why some people are pissed about the assist streak, because they see him over-passing.
Here’s the thing with Rondo:
1: He’s a point guard. He’s supposed to pass the ball. But I get it, yes, there are definitely times where Rondo has chances to score on his own and he passes the ball. This is not a new thing. Don’t start blaming “the streak” for him passing up his own chances to score. It’s been my biggest criticism of him over the years.
2: He’s a point guard on a team full of scorers. Run down the roster.. Garnett, Pierce, Terry, Bass, Lee, Green… all of them are scorers first. All of them need to get into a rhythm. All of them need shots. And when one or more is struggling, whose job is it to get them easy shots to get them going? He’s not Chris Paul or Deron Williams where he’s scoring option number 1.
Obviously the streak is important to him. It’s the same way the 3-point record was important to RayAllen, passing Larry Bird was important to Paul Pierce (remember how he couldn’t buy a shot that night because it weighed so heavily on his mind?), and any other record most players are coming up on are important to them. If it was you, and you had a chance to break some kind of record at whatever you do, it would be important to you too. Doc Rivers knows it, and he let the kid keep the streak alive. Rajon gets and appreciates what Doc did. So in the muck of yesterday’s mess, building up some more goodwill with one of your stars isn’t such a bad thing.