Does Kevin Garnett really have this much effect on the Celtics? If so, it is quite amazing. I understand the whole “Stats don’t lie” and everything, which in some instances is true, but I don’t think it is so true in this circumstance. Ball movement on the offensive end starts at Rondo. As of late there has been times where there is none of it. What I personally, and maybe you as well, have seen a lot of is Rondo getting the ball back with anywhere from 6-8 seconds on the shot clock, and right then you know what is happening next. Dribble…Dribble…. Cross over…. Wiggle…. Pull up… For THREE even! My oh my have we seen a lot of last second, half fade away threes from Rondo lately.
Now I know what your thinking, “What else is he supposed to do? Give the ball to Perkins to try and make a move with 5 seconds?” No… How about use that time to drive to the basket which he is so good at. Or maybe even drive and kick, 8 seconds is plenty long enough to do that. Even when the team is doing good, there is decent ball movement, but nothing like what we saw earlier this season.
In and around that, I have never seen so many 24 second violations in my life. It is terrible. Nothing is getting started until about halfway through the shot clock, and once it does it is a lot of one on one. Lets face it, the Celtics are not a one on one team. They succeed through playing like a team. When the ball has about 1, maybe 2 good options down the floor instead of going through about 6 like we saw that one time in the home game against the Utah Jazz, it isn’t going to work as well. Not that I am a coach, but it is pretty evident in how poorly this offense goes when it turns into every player trying to take the team on their back.
Like I said, it starts with Rondo, and instead of dribbling simply for the sake of dribbling, I wish for him to dribble with the sake of creating like he is best at doing. He is still putting up the numbers, but they are not going up as pretty as they once did, and I dont think it is because we have simply come to expect him to put up 10+ assists per night. An excuse for him – Kevin Garnett sure makes everything look prettier when he is on the floor.
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