Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Celtics Morning Joe: Brad Stevens says Rondo is still not 100%



Rondo is expected to be great, but he's not there yet even if he looks like the Rondo of old at times. Sometimes, it's easy to forget that Rajon Rondo's still recovering from ACL surgery.During the month of February, he averaged 15.3 points, 9.9 assists and 5.1 rebounds with 48.5 percent shooting. Rondo looked like a different player with the jumper starting to fall easier than before.

But since February, Rondo has been off a bit. He's still tallying up assists, but his shots won't fall and his ability to attack the basket has been questioned. Rondo has backed out of any second nights of a back-to-back. Rondo's talked about his list of body aches, and because the Celtics are playing for a lottery pick at this point. Rondo is able to use the remainder of the season as a training camp, and as apart of his rehab. So far, I'm pleased with Rondo, and despite his jumper being off as of late. I think it has more to do with his legs, than it does with his new form. Rondo has two games this week that he'll get up for, and I think will get another glimpse of Rondo against the Heat and Nets.

6 comments:

  1. He's nowhere near 100%. No explosion.

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  2. The guy is being blocked almost every single time he takes the ball inside. He'll get there. He may never dunk again, or often, but he'll get the floater, and other moves to go.

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  3. I don't see Rondo becoming himself this season. Could be wrong, but next year could be the biggest of his career. It will set the tone for the rest of his days in Boston.

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  4. I think elevation will come. And part of it is that the refs are letting people mug Rondo. But too, I think he needs some more finishing moves near the basket. Those last minute midair fakes that help smaller guys get shots off in traffic.

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  5. The refs haven't been calling the fouls, and perhaps Rondo has been stunted in the short term because they've held back the whistles.

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  6. Obviously he isn't 100%. He has none of the explosion, speed, or jump that he had before. But I think in some ways he's better because it has forced him to evolve his game in other ways to compensate. He's also come back a better shooter. I think he'll be even better once he gets some of his old agility back.

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