Saturday, February 22, 2014
Rondo needs to become 4th quarter scorer, in post Big Three era
Most NBA superstars are judged by how well they play in the 4th quarter. Lebron James is still ridiculed at times for lack of shot attempts, or if he defers to teammates. Rajon Rondo had 11 assists, six points and six rebounds against the Lakers. The four-time All-Star point guard, didn't show up in the 4th quarter when the Lakers ran the Celtics off the court.
Rondo played 6:51 minutes in the 4th quarter, with nothing to show for. He scored 0 points, with just 2 shot attempts. Rondo did have 4 assists, and 0 turnovers, but I felt like Rondo needed to take the game over with his scoring. Especially with the Celtics drifting away down the stretch, in need of someone to take over the game.
Rondo's next step in the post "Big 3" era is to become the Celtics go-to guy in the 4th quarter. Through 11 games played in the 4th quarter. Rondo averages 3.5 points in the 4th quarter, along with 3.9 field goal attempts. Rondo on average plays 8 minutes in the 4th quarter, and I don't know if any 4th quarters stick out for me from this season.
I personally want to see Rondo's point near 5-6 in the 4th, and maybe 6-8 shot attempts in the final frame. Just for fun, I ran Chris Paul's numbers in the 4th quarter. The funny is that both Rondo and Paul take 3.9 shot attempts. On the other hand Paul averages nearly 2 free throw attempts in the 4th, compared to Rondo's 0.4 from the foul line in the 4th. Paul, because of the free throws, averages 5.1 points in the 4th.
I want, and hope that Rondo becomes the franchise player. But he needs to take a bigger role in the 4th quarter. He's done it in the past in big playoff games and regular season games. But now in the post "Big 3" era, Rondo is the player that everyone looks at when the game is on the line. It's time to become that player Rondo.
Rajon Rondo 4th quarter stats
Chris Paul 4th quarter stats