|Posted by shawn cassidy on November 8, 2012 at 6:30 AM|
Doc Rivers said the 25-foot step-back 3-pointer that Rajon Rondo jacked up at the end of the fourth quarter wasn't the ideal look Boston wanted with a chance to beat the Wiz in regulation on Wednesday evening. Did I hate the game winning attempt by Rajon? Not really, it was a clean chance to win. Pierce has jacked many of those in his days, so I didn't mind Rondo being aggressive. Rondo was a clutch player in the 4th, and Over time period. He was feeling confident so I loved Rondo taking the chance.
"The one that I called was the [isolation with 26 seconds], I wanted a 2-for-1," said Rivers. "I told him -- that was a bad execution too because he got forced to the sideline and that way he couldn’t go as quick as we wanted him to go. But I think it was 34 seconds, or whatever, so we felt like ‘Let’s go 2-for-1 here’ and it was a quick ISO for him. And I told him to shoot it quick, the first one.
"The second one, it was bad execution again, honestly. It was a pin-down for Paul, [or] it was supposed to be. Paul, we wanted at the elbow and he was there, I thought Rondo could’ve thrown it to him, then JET [Terry] was coming off the weak side. I thought Rondo made up his mind to go for it. I’m fine with that, but I didn’t like the execution.”
Rondo had an MVP performance Wednesday night against the Wiz. He had 18 points, and 14 assists. He had three steals that seemed to come when they were needed most. Rondo was 7-of-11 from the field, and he was making his jumper like he was born to do it. Rondo took big strides in his leadership role, and Doc hopefully will acknowledge that.