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Rajon Rondo says Heat “have to hit the deck, too”

May 29, 2012, 11:47 AM EDT

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If you are going to beat the Heat, you have to turn them into jump shooters. If Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are getting dunks and layups you are in trouble. Even Ronny Turiaf makes his dunks. You have to push them out away from the hoop.

Boston didn’t do that in Game 1, Miami got in the lane and did what they wanted. The Heat had 42 points in the paint. Wade showed off his floater, LeBron worked from the post, the pair drove all the way to the rim off the bounce, cutters were diving down the lane all game.

Doc Rivers said after the game that LeBron and Wade got to play in “extreme comfort” and that has to change. Rajon Rondo has an idea how. Via the Sun Sentinel.

“Nothing dirty,” Rondo said… “but they have to hit the deck, too.”

He was not the only guy talking about bringing a little of the Pacers series back to the Heat.

It’s a good theory, but….

First, Wade and particularly LeBron take the contact and still score as well as any players in the league. You don’t want to give them a lot of and-1 opportunities. Then there is the fact you’re risking foul trouble for key guys.

I think we’ll see a closer game, I think we’ll see more Greg Stiemsma, I think we’ll see the Celtics hold and grab and do everything they can to disrupt the Heat on offense. The Celtics will even got to some zone, which they surprisingly rolled out in the fourth quarter. They will again try to grind the game down to a halt.

But I’m still not sold that will be enough.

  1. rodge1 - May 29, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Rondo should hang all over D-Wade again like last year. Maybe another broken elbow will remind him that Miami will fight back.

    • gmen4life33 - May 29, 2012 at 12:09 PM

      or Game 1 will remind Rondo that the refs arent going to give BOS a chance this series. MIA is better and would prob win anyway, but Stern isnt going to take any chances and let the ratings of having LBJ in the finals slip away so it doesnt matter what BOS does.

      “What, Doc Rivers said thats a bad call, TECHNICAL!” “Ray Allen looked at me? TECHNICAL”

      • b7p19 - May 29, 2012 at 12:19 PM

        Oh my. Do you really believe that: 1) Basketball is fixed, and 2) Boston would have a chance in this series even if Bill Simmons, and the two guys from “Celtic Pride” were the referees? Cause the Heat are just that much better, i’m sorry to tell you.

        The SIXERS of all teams took Boston to the brink last round.

      • gmen4life33 - May 29, 2012 at 12:59 PM

        Read my post, I said MIA is the better team and would win anyway. BUT, that doesnt mean BOS doesnt DESERVE a fair shot.

        And do you ACTUALLY BELIEVE the refs treat Wade/LBJ and the HEAT the same as other teams? Common, only MIA fans do.

        Once again, they are the most talented team and are playing great, but they are also getting (uneeded) assitance by refs.

      • southbeachtalent - May 29, 2012 at 1:01 PM

        Why watch??

        You like torturing yourself?

        Wait a minute, you aren’t a scorned Knicks/Pacers/ (and of course)Cavs fan are you?

        You did have that incredible Linsanity run, that was great for a week…

      • gmen4life33 - May 29, 2012 at 1:18 PM

        what does Lin have to do with anything I just said. I watch because I love basketball. All MIA fans just answer me one questio: Do you honestly feel like your team, in particular LBJ and Wade, get treated the same as everyone else?

        And dont answer it doesnt matter, we would win regardless, thats not the point.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - May 29, 2012 at 1:39 PM

        Of course the Heat don’t get treated like everybody else. The Heat lost in 6 games in the NBA Finals last year, and their season was considered a total disaster. Heck, if the Heat lose the back end of a back to back in Milwaukee in February, it’s a referendum on their entire franchise. Every single thing the Heat does, good or bad, is treated differently than everybody else. None of us will argue that.

        And does everybody forget the make-up calls the Celts got after the bad techs? A tech hurts the team, no question; but those phantom calls on Miller took him out of the game entirely because he got in early foul trouble. You don’t think that hurt the Heat too?

      • gmen4life33 - May 29, 2012 at 1:45 PM

        I was saying how they are treated by refs, not media

      • thestudiokida - May 29, 2012 at 1:54 PM

        Miami was called for 21 fouls to Boston’s 19 and Miami shot 23 free throws to Boston’s 21. The officiating was fair other than a couple touchy technical calls. And probably that wasn’t biased either… Danny Crawford just got sick of hearing the Celtics talk.

        If you think basketball is fixed then please stop watching and commenting on posts.

      • condor75 - May 29, 2012 at 1:59 PM

        Im calling BS on this one, did Stern keep Boston from rebounding, or did he make them shoot like crap in the second half, did he make LeBron and Wade un-guardable? this is pathetic, why wouldn’t the NBA want to see the team with the most championships on the planet play for another? You get beaten like they did last night, it is simple, you need to play a lot better

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - May 29, 2012 at 2:02 PM

        Over course of time, refs treat Heat just as bad. But can you imagine if the Celtics convincingly beat the Heat last night, and the Heat and/or Heat fans blamed the refs? How would that play out?

        LeBron: Yeah, it probably didn’t matter, but that technical in the 2d quarter was the worst I’ve ever seen.


        Vogel talks about the refs, it $15K. Spoelstra talks about the refs, it’s $25K. Hansborogh was upgraded to a Flagrant 2. UD was suspended. Every close call on the Heat is totally overlooked by the announcers like it never happened. Every close call on their opponents are slowed down to practically freeze-frame in order to get people riled up about the Heat. It’s a total joke.

      • gmen4life33 - May 29, 2012 at 2:10 PM

        Hansborogh didnt get suspended because he went for ball FIRST, Haslem didnt even go for the ball (thus suspension). This is why there is no point in arguing with Heat fans, you see what you want. Unbias fans see the turth. I hate the Celtics and Heat.

        And look at the foul discrepency up to midway of the third, very pro MIA. Smart fans know refs give calls when the game is out of hand to even it up.

        And for the last time, dont bring up rebounding and missed shots. EVERYONE KNOWS MIA WAS BETTER LAST NIGHT.

        We are tlaking about if BOS was treated fairly and if they will get a fair shot this series, not if they are better than MIA (they are not).

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - May 29, 2012 at 2:21 PM

        There are no unbiased fans. Do you think there were no make-up calls last night that got Mike Miller in foul trouble and out of the game? Are you 100% sure there was enough evidence to overrule Anthony’s put back as the 24 second clock expired? There are countless “And-1″s against Lebron and Wade that aren’t called? Nobody sees/cares about this.

        As far as Haslem/Hansborough; okay, I’ll give you that one. Only because it was necessary, and only because after that the Pacers showed their true colors.

        But after Rondo says what he said here, and after the Celts try to rough up Wade or Lebron, or anybody else on the Heat tomorrow night. Clearly that will be a premeditated act right? I mean, it’s documented that they want to do it. So when/if Stiemsma carries out the Code Red, there’ll be no whining from anyone north of Boca when justice is served, right?

      • gmen4life33 - May 29, 2012 at 2:28 PM

        There are unbias fans, I dont care who wins this series. Actually, I prefer MIA to win because them aganst SAS/OKC would be epic. But far too many times I watch MIA play and think the refs give them unfair respect/calls. Some Bulls fans made a great comparision to Steve Javie always giving MJ a call when he needed, and eveyone knew it was coming.

        I will agree some of it could be mental (when you expect something to happen you notice it more easily) but some of it is true. I though the MIA/IND series was officiated very fair, not the best but fair both sides. I enjoyed watching it because I felt the best team won every game. But the MIA NYK game 1 (from quarter 2-3) was way too obvious and parts of last night had that too.

      • mgs2406 - May 29, 2012 at 2:50 PM

        I am a big time Celtics fan and was actually at the triple A watching the game yesterday. Blaming the refs on the loss is ridiculous. The Heat was just a much better, energetic and rested team. The Celtics in turn were very tired, Ray Allen didn’t show up to play (missed 4 free-throws???) and the defensive system wasn’t working at all.
        I still believe the C’s have a shot but a few things would have to happen:
        1- Bass, Pietrus, Dooling have to contribute their shares in the offense
        2- Rondo and Pierce need to be more aggressive
        3- Steal game 2 tomorrow and obviously winning the next 2 games at home

        Not easy but if they manage to do it, we’ll see D-Wade arguing again with coach Spoelstra and Lebron obviously, choking as usual.

      • jbrashguitarist - May 29, 2012 at 3:26 PM

        Am I the only one that gets sick of seeing in EVERY SPORT at EVERY PLAYOFFS some fan is convinced that a team gets favored treatment or that the league has some massive conspiracy? Use your brains. LeBron James and Dwayne Wade are two of the best players on the planet – PERHAPS – just MAYBE – that has something to do with their winning and they don’t need the Illuminati or some crap like that. Just maybe. This from a Celtics fan.

      • b7p19 - May 29, 2012 at 3:59 PM

        Are you also unbiased about the “MIA NYK game 1”?

      • redboydolla555 - May 29, 2012 at 4:44 PM

        I think there should be a special committee looking into the job of refereeing(NBA). Sometimes it’s kind of odd for referees to choose their favorite team by which it shows on the court. That could be favoratism(gambling) to me. Something needs to be done. I mean 46 to 46 at the half, then start of second half Celtics get 5 or 6 straight calls against them. Something funny in the system that needs to be looked into.

    • acdc363 - May 29, 2012 at 1:18 PM

      No matter how passionate I am about my favorite teams I would never wish an injury on an opposing player.

    • BrownsTown (the 1st one, not the new guy using my name) - May 29, 2012 at 2:25 PM

      True, I’ve always felt the best way to create some space against a defender not getting whistled for fouls is to pull him down and bend his elbow backwards.

      The ends clearly justifies the means in this case.

    • truprof - May 29, 2012 at 5:41 PM

      A broken elbow courtesy of DWade, who starts falling to the floor before a defender even makes contact? That DWade? That chump hits the deck more often than a janitor’s mop!

      • duane888 - May 29, 2012 at 6:38 PM

        He leads the league in creating contact and getting “and 1′s” under the basket. That’s pretty damn impressive for someone who’s a guard and not a center built like Shaq. His style allows him to absorb all those hits and be able to bounce back up play after play. If you watched the game instead of complaining like a little girl you would see this !!

    • infectorman - May 29, 2012 at 8:36 PM

      Don’t remember ever seeing Bird or Jordan smile like its their birthday on the court like Lamebron above

      That picture can be described in one single word:


  2. jimeejohnson - May 29, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Ask the Pacers how the Heat respond to physical play. They’ll have plenty of time to tell you.

  3. noirad - May 29, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Rondo might want to ask Lance Stephenson and Tyler Hansborough about hitting LeBron and Wade.

    • BrownsTown (the 1st one, not the new guy using my name) - May 29, 2012 at 2:28 PM

      Oh, more cheap shots in retaliation for hard playoff fouls?

      Charles Oakley or Rick Mahorn, you are not.

      • southbeachtalent - May 29, 2012 at 4:52 PM

        So when the Heat foul they’re cheap shots, when the rest of the league fouls they’re hard playoff fouls?

        Yea, very consistent.

        Cry me a river brownsclown…

      • zeedoubleyou - May 29, 2012 at 5:00 PM

        When I want unbiased opinions about the Heat, the first guy I look to has to be from Cleveland…

        Pittman (indefensible) and Haslem (if it were somehow possible, his respect in the MIA locker room probably doubled after he hammered Hansbrough) were suspended for their fouls, so why are you bringing this up?

        Indiana went after our best guys, and our enforcer, Haslem, had their back. It’s not like he went after Indiana’s pseudo-stars in Granger, West, and the mostly-invisible 7’2″ Hibbert.

  4. noirad - May 29, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Rondo might want to ask Lance Stephenson and Tyler Hansborough about that.

  5. packhawk04 - May 29, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Rondo should know more than anyone about what the heat become if you play good clean physical basketball against them. Thugs.

    • blueintown - May 29, 2012 at 12:25 PM

      Is that the same Rando who threw Kirk Hinrich into the scorers table? The same Rando who throws the ball at the officials when he’s not chest-bumping them? The same Rando who tried to trip Battier into the stands last night?

      • southbeachtalent - May 29, 2012 at 12:57 PM


        Rondo, how about you hit a jump shot. That might help as well.

      • electstat - May 29, 2012 at 2:26 PM

        I’m still trying to find where he said anything about Rondo not being a thug.

      • blueintown - May 29, 2012 at 2:48 PM

        You don’t find it the least bit hypocritical to bemoan thuggery in the same thought as mentioning Rondo in the camp of “good clean physical basketball”? Context. Try it out.

      • zeedoubleyou - May 29, 2012 at 5:03 PM


        See the word “clean” in his post? There you go.

      • jjordannba - May 29, 2012 at 8:48 PM

        Well if any of yall are Heat fans please don’t speak about dirty play because you know DAMN WELL!

      • electstat - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:39 PM

        “clean” does not run parallel to “thugs”

      • blueintown - Jun 6, 2012 at 5:01 PM

        That’s the point.

  6. nard100 - May 29, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Good luck with that Rajon. To quote bjork from the song “Army of Me”:

    You’re on your own now
    We won’t save you
    Your rescue squad
    Is too eshausted

    Your team is too old and too tired!

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - May 29, 2012 at 2:07 PM


  7. ishudbgm - May 29, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Rondo acts like a kid to me….he lost game 1 so now he wants to get physical and aggressive. Rondo is the one playing on the Senior Citizens tour not LBJ and Wade. One swipe from Haslem to Garnett and this series is over before it even heads back to Boston…does he really think Dooling or Peitrus is willing to get physical with LBJ. Rondo should know the Heat are more than happy to get physical, the Pacers tried it and right now they are home planning for next season. Keep it classy Rondo.

  8. drewzducks - May 29, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Smart move Rajon. As a Celts fan he needs to stay focused for 48 mins rather than him ending up being swatted away like a fly by Lebron.

  9. mydadyourmom - May 29, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Hahaah lots o Heat fans exist for a team that can’t even sellout home PLAYOFF games!! Go buy a ticket bandwagoners!!

    • soflasfinest - May 29, 2012 at 3:10 PM

      I was actually at the game last night and it was indeed a sellout. You on the other hand were prob sitting on you mothers couch waiting for her to heat up your hot pocket waiting for the game to start. Ouch

      • mydadyourmom - May 29, 2012 at 6:20 PM

        ooooh, a real zinger.

  10. slippyal2 - May 29, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    This won’t discourage Lebron or Wade, they are use to it. Celtics are a thin team, foul trouble will be a problem if they take a hard stance of no layups allowed.

  11. bozosforall - May 29, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Gotta love watching all these crybabies whine.

  12. truthhurtstoo - May 29, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    A lot of good that “thug style” did for the Pacers…. Miami is simply a better team. Sorry Celts, it’s done.

  13. redboydolla555 - May 29, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    The referees need to be called out in games. I mean they get fined for telling the Truth. Referees need not cheat, gamble, or show favoritism in the game of basketball or no other sport. They need to do their job and no more. Maybe the commission tells them what to do. I don’t know, but somethings going on with the referees.

  14. turnmymicup - May 29, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Plain and simple MIA just outplayed Boston from tip off. The key to this series is defense. Rebounding, getting in the passing lanes, and challenging shots. The Heat took care of all these things during game 1. KG was balling no doubt but his team couldn’t help. Rondo talking about getting physical? LeBron had 13 rebounds (32 points) he’s already down there in the paint causing havoc. Game 2 should be interesting to see how Boston retaliates.

  15. truprof - May 29, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Heat already hit the deck more than most teams. Take DWade for example; how a well conditioned, strong and coordinated athlete can get knocked down so easy and so often is beyond belief! The guy hits the floor more often than a janitor’s mop!

    • duane888 - May 29, 2012 at 6:28 PM

      It was the same way in college, his game hasn’t changed. He creates contact and gets alot of “and 1’s” under the basket. That has allowed him to style his game in absorbing all those hits and being able to bounce back play after play. So in short, i tip my hat to guards like him and D Rose who can go into the paint all game long with no hear of getting hurt.

      Now if he played for whatever stupid team you support & putting up 30 or more per night, i doubt you’d be complaining.

      Witness greatness and stop complaining like a little biatch guy !!

      • truprof - May 30, 2012 at 11:18 AM

        That a man of Wade’s size and strength hits the floor so easy and often is a testament to his . . . . acting ability. Miami is Hollywood East and DWade is the Martin Lawrence of the NBA. Of course, that might be an insult to Mr. Lawrence!

  16. lakerluver - May 29, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    It’s the battle for 3rd place!!! The Championship is being played out West.

    • soflasfinest - May 29, 2012 at 6:36 PM

      Hey u shut the hell up! The lakers are out of the playoffs due to Kobe ishoottoomuch bryant. You say the same crap on every story, we get it. Let’s just wait and see

    • southbeachtalent - May 29, 2012 at 8:49 PM

      Actually it would be battle for second genius.

      Thats what they said about the East last year….

      Anyone remember that??

  17. newyorkfootballjets - May 29, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Rando = most over rated pg ever

    • southbeachtalent - May 29, 2012 at 8:51 PM

      I wouldn’t say that, but he is in immature punk sore loser. That would be a more accurate description.

  18. jh4prez - May 29, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    The heat will not be stopped by injury or rough play.they’re in their prime,too big,too strong and too fast.the truth is when bosh gets back noone in the league is better than them when Bron and Wade are playing like this.

  19. soopreme - May 29, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Every time Garnett sets a screen, he’s moving and not only is he moving, he also gives the player he set the pick on a shove.
    Almost every time he is pushing and shoving somebody and gets away with it.
    Can’t believe the refs let KG get away with that crap.

    • southbeachtalent - May 30, 2012 at 12:54 PM

      KG literally pushes and shoves on screens and RARELY gets called. Its incredible.

      Rondo is the most immature, undisciplined player on the court most of the time.

      Pierce is the only player ever to be in a wheelchair and later play in the same game! (WOW)

      Only guy with any kind of class on that team is Allen. The rest are a bunch of punks.

  20. africanballer - May 30, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    They have to hit the deck, too? and he’s the one to take LBJ or wade to the deck?

  21. borderline1988 - May 30, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    This was a really, really stupid thing for Rondo to say.

    As much as Celtics fans believe that the Heat get preferential treatment from the refs, saying that ‘they need to hit the deck’ will make it much worse.

    You see, now the refs will be looking for hard contact against the Heat players and will be that much quicker to blow their whistles, issue technicals or call flagrants against the Celtics when contact is initiated. If that was the Celtics’ gameplan, they should have never announced it to the world (and specifically the refs. No doubt David Stern heard the comments and will be warning the refs to protect the best and most marketable players in the NBA).

    Doc Rivers keeps calling Rondo a ‘high basketball IQ’ player, almost as if to convince himself that that’s the truth. Honestly, for all of Rondo’s punkish moves and idiotic, unnecessary things he does to hurt his ballclub (consistently over his entire career and especially in the playoffs), it’s hard to believe he’s really so ‘high IQ’.

  22. klownboy - May 30, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    The Celtics will put up a big fight, but this series will not go past five games…

  23. dirtybird2020 - May 30, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Cant wait to rub it in heat fans faces how lebron let them down again hahaha, i get to say i told you so again, they stand no chance in the finals, and im loving it! Heat blow another season what a joke!

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