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Rivers on Rondo: He’s been our Varitek

Posted By Paul Flannery On April 24, 2010 @ 5:13 pm In General | No Comments

MIAMI — Lost in the dramatics of Paul Pierce’s game-winner, Ray Allen’s Game 2 explosion and even Tony Allen’s brilliant defense on Dwyane Wade [1] in Game 1 has been the stellar play of Rajon Rondo [2].

Through three games Rondo has averaged just 11.7 points, but that never tells the full story with him. He’s also getting 10 assists a nights and 6.3 rebounds, but again, numbers can’t define Rondo.

Rather, it’s been his ability to run the offense for over 40 minutes a night that has been the catalyst for the Celtics [3] offensive execution.

“He’€™s been terrific,” Doc Rivers [4] said. “When everyone was injured, literally, Rondo had to do a lot of scoring. But since Ray and Paul and Kevin [Garnett [5]] are back and in rhythm, he’€™s more of the facilitator. But he does the best job of a guy you could ask to do it. He’€™s been huge in this series.”

Take the closing minute of Game 3. On the possession before Pierce’s jumper, Rondo had two options at his disposal: Allen coming off a flare screen with Garnett, or Pierce on the opposite side. He chose Allen for a corner 3 and it was a great look, it just didn’t go in.

Heat coach Erik Spolestra had some media people shaking their heads after Game 3 when he said that the reason the Celtics were so tough to defend is because they have so many crunch-time options. In other words, didn’t he know the final play was going to Pierce? Well, no. He didn’t. See the previous possession.

It’s that decision-making that has lifted Rondo’s game into the upper stratosphere of elite point guards.

“He’€™s light years [ahead of where he was], but a lot of that is just age, maturity,” Rivers said. “The other part of it is system. He’€™s been in the same system his entire career. I thought Game 3 was the best play-calling game in his career. He was like [Jason] Varitek [6] as far as calling the right pitch. He was phenomenal. That’€™s where he’€™s improved. He know what I’€™m thinking. He’€™ll call a play and you can sit down and it’€™s terrific.”


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