It’s becoming more apparent that Rajon Rondo is frustrated with his team on the offensive end. I don’t get the feeling that he’s upset with specific players, but rather a lack of urgency, a drought of easy buckets, a muddled flow and an abundance of forced jumpers.
The Celtic’s are in jumpshot hell. It seems as if the more jumpers they miss the more they try to take to rid themselves of the plethora of bricks as of late. The Celtics more often than not waste crucial seconds standing around on offense while Rajon Rondo flails different directions, tries to make a move to get his teammates to move, and when they don’t, eventually they end up with a bail out jumpshot. Sometimes it looks as if they have never played together, and are completely unaware of each other’s natural tendencies on offense.
It seems as if the Celtics are in their collective heads for the first 14 seconds of the shot clock winding down and it’s not until there’s 6-8 seconds left when someone actually tries to do something. more often then not, it’s a bail out jump shot. (number 20 isn’t walking through that door, sorry C’s fans)
For me, it’s hard to criticize Rondo’s defensive lapses as of late, I can only imagine his brain is consumed with his own nightmares of the Celtic’s anemic offense. I can’t imagine that any player wearing green right now has more to think about and more pressure on themselves then number 9. but can that be a good thing? We will have to wait to find out. Rondo is the kind of player that lives for this sort of pressure.
The Celtic’s all-star point guard has appeared banged up as of late, throwing himself to the rim to try and get to the line or force up a circus lay up. Sometimes he spins them home but if that’s what the other 4 guys in green standing around are going to rely on then we have even bigger problems then we had originally thought.
I expect and have faith that the enigmatic number 9 will be in his finest form tonight. The C’s are starving for a win and Rondo is the head of the snake that has to bite. It’s now or never for the Celtics. Big turnaround pushes nearly midway through seasons aren’t easy to come by, but we’ve certainly seen them do it before.
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