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Doc Rivers: Boston is Rajon Rondo’s team now

Jan 12, 2012, 10:37 AM EDT

Celtics' Garnett talks with Rondo during a time out against Knicks in the second half during their NBA basketball game in New York Reuters

Rajon Rondo is playing better than Kevin Garnett, better than Paul Pierce, better than Ray Allen this season.

This is no longer 2008 where the Celtics were the “Big 3” with the young Rondo as the apprentice. Coach Doc Rivers doesn’t see it that way, he told A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com.

“This is his team right now,” said coach Doc Rivers….

“Rajon is amazing, period,” said Kevin Garnett. “You talk about big things are coming; big things are here. Rajon is keeping us alive every night. We just have to make sure we follow his lead, and follow his effort, and we’re going to turn this thing around.”

It had looked like this for a while now, but to hear Rivers say it cements things.

Yes, this is the same Rondo the Celtics were talking about trading for Chris Paul a month ago. That didn’t happen and now, without Rondo, they would be lost. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett have both been solid but not near what they once were, and while Ray Allen is having a good season his open looks come because Rondo is drawing defenses, setting the table and getting him the ball.

The Celtics are just 4-5, but that really speaks to the help Rondo is getting — the big three need to be better and Boston needs to find a little more depth. But even when o r if that happens, this is Rondo’s team.

“Rondo’s just playing terrific,” Rivers said. “And we’ve got to allow him to be terrific. We shouldn’t get in his way.”

  1. cakemixa - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    It’s now HIS team, one month after trying hard to trade him?

  2. vader3234 - Jan 12, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Celtic fan here, sad to see the demise of ones team. Rondo may be playing better but he cant carry the team to playoffs. probably just posturing to still get a trade done.

    • idywild - Jan 12, 2012 at 6:05 PM

      no one man can carry a team. Lebron couldn’t and he is arguably the best player on the planet. tell your team’s other teammates to get involved if they want to contend.

  3. boondocksaint224 - Jan 12, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Boston is Rondo’s team now?

    Maybe that’s why they’re 4-5.

    • idywild - Jan 12, 2012 at 3:15 PM

      no the big three underperforming are why they are 4-5. KG is done it seems, so is Pierce, and Ray can’t be consistent. oh and they have a poor bench. should never have let delonte walk.

  4. lebronsinsecurity - Jan 12, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    So easily everyone forgets last year.. The first quarter-half of last season Rondo was doing the same thing, lighting it up.. The second half he became very very average. Before we crown Rondo as the Celtics leader, lets see how he progresses through the entire season.

    • idywild - Jan 12, 2012 at 3:12 PM

      he got injured in the end of last year, that is why he tapered off, if he stays healthy and well conditioned everything will remain the same. but the rest of the big three need to step their games up for the celtics to contend. the big three underperforming is why the celtics have a poor record currently.

  5. keyshawn22 - Jan 12, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    It doesn’t matter whose team it is… the celtics need some bench players besides bass that can play or they won’t be winning a title this year… Rondo is an elite point guard he just needs to improving his jumper

  6. raidmagic - Jan 12, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Until they trade him of course…

  7. havlicekstoletheball - Jan 12, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Yeah, the Celtics are Rondo’s team now. And that is the problem. He is limited by his inability to shoot, the defense backs way off him, the offense stagnates, and a team with four above-average offensive players is averaging less than 92 points a game, and is shooting 46%.

    To top it off, you can’t give him the ball at the end of close games because he is an absolutely abysmal free throw shooter. Which proves he never works on that particular skill. Rondo is spectacularly average. And sometimes, when the spectacular is in check against a quick defender, Rondo is well below average.

    • idywild - Jan 12, 2012 at 3:09 PM

      no the problem is Rondo is the only one doing great, the rest of everyone else isn’t. no team wins with just one player doing great, everyone has to step it up. you obviously haven’t watched any celtics games this year as your scouting report is old.

      • havlicekstoletheball - Jan 12, 2012 at 3:32 PM

        I have watched almost all of them, and see them giving him the 17 footer they know he can’t make. They drop into the passing lanes same as always and the offense stops.

        I also see him shooting free throws like a blind man. 56% this year so far. Down from 57% last year. Are you kidding me? From a point guard?

        And as a point guard, he is supposed to make sure the other players get the ball in the best position for them to score. So they can do “great”. He doesn’t do that consistently, and burns shot clock dribbling around.

        Rondo needs to improve his skills. Shooting jump shots and free throws. They were weak points in his game when he was a rookie, and they still are. No excuse for that.

      • idywild - Jan 12, 2012 at 6:09 PM

        um he actually hit 8 of 12 of his FT in the mavs game so its up to about 58%, he started the first games with a higher FT % (around 65&%) it however went down, which is not good, but it is certainly something he is working on. he is averaging 15 points currently on 52% shooting. so again what are you talking about again? you haven’t watched much games admit it.

      • idywild - Jan 12, 2012 at 6:13 PM

        and 10 assists a game, so he is definitely getting his teammates involved. but some of them (big three) will over pass or over dribble on great looks he gets them thus killing the offense. again they need to step it up. especially Pierce, no excuses.

  8. jackybadass - Jan 12, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    the one thing i agree with the president is this guy cant shoot. put him at the line for a few laughs!

  9. 00maltliquor - Jan 12, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    The Celtics have been Rondo’s team for the last two years.

  10. havlicekstoletheball - Jan 12, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    @idlywild

    So an NBA guard makes 66% of his free throws in a game and it RAISES his FT%? And you find that GOOD? That’s terrible!!!

    You are right. Rondo is now shooting 58% from the free throw line. That is dreadful.

    How many of those 52% of the shots he makes are 17 foot jump shots? If he could even make one of three, and make a guy have to step out on him, his effectiveness would double. If he became even a decent (75%) free throw shooter, his effectiveness would double again.

    Watch how many times the defender drops five or six feet off Rondo and he doesn’t shoot. Or shoots and misses. He is an NBA guard. He has to make them a lot more often than he does.

    • idywild - Jan 12, 2012 at 6:47 PM

      you said he wasn’t working on it? he is. that’s the point dude. he works on his game. period. he aint the one killing his team. the big three are! even Jason Terry saw this last night and said it looks like Rondo is the only one giving the team energy. An opponent said that! he is averaging 15 points on 52% shooting and doling out 10 assists at that. he is the only bright spot on that team. what you say has nothing to do with nothing.

      • havlicekstoletheball - Jan 13, 2012 at 11:53 AM

        Aside from your use of the double negative, the proof that Rondo is working on his shooting and his free throws would be an improvement in both. That hasn’t happened. In fact, his free throw percentage is worse now than earlier in his career.

        Before you tell me about his FG %, that number doesn’t equal a reliable outside shot. Artis Gilmore led the league in FG% a bunch of times and he was a dreadful shooter outside of ten feet.

        Yeah, he gives them energy. But he can be so much more. This is the NBA, where weaknesses are always exploited. And they are going to need him more and more, as Garnett is really fading, as is Pierce.

  11. idywild - Jan 12, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    oh and I didn’t say it was good (his FT shooting). please re read my post. thank you very much. and also read what this article is stating.

  12. garyrocktown - Jan 14, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    havlicekstoletheball & idywild – come on man you are both Boston fans, quit dissin’ the Boston players. The Celtics are one of my favorite teams they are just getting old, sad but true but I still root for the old guys and young Rondo despite the downturn. Enjoy them while they are still a good team, I do and I live in Cali.

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