|Posted by paul on November 14, 2012 at 6:30 AM|
one ability that makes Rondo truly rare is what he accomplishes at both ends of the floor. It’s a tough way for a player to prosper, according to Cousy.
“Point guards are not associated with stopper defense or rebounding,” said Cousy. “The point guard mentality is to come up with the best offense. Arnold (Red Auerbach) always had me defend the weaker of the two guards because he didn’t want me worrying about that. He wanted me running the ball down their throats.
Archibald even applied a new twist on an old basketball phrase.
“He’s what I call a combo guard, but not because of scoring,” said Archibald. “He’s a combo guard because he also defends. He’s unique. He’s on (a) pedestal, as far as I’m concerned. … He plays 90 feet - both ways.”
As exciting as Rondo's streak of games with ten or more assists is, I think his new streak of two games putting defensive clamps on the opposing point guard is even more exciting, however unheralded. I can't wait to see if he keeps both going tonight!
One might wonder how the Bulls could ever allow Garnett an alley-oop late in the game. Obviously, they must have known the Celtics love the Rondo-to-Garnett lob. Obviously, they must have scouted it. Obviously, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau had prepared his players to stop that set. But on the play that might have been the game's biggest, which resulted in a Garnett dunk to give Boston a 97-93 lead with 0:41 left, Rivers used a wrinkle to the set.
Garnett set a down screen for Pierce, which was disguised as a pindown. Except instead of curling for a jumper, Pierce went straight to Rondo's man to set a pick. Garnett followed Pierce, so Rondo dribbled around both of them as staggered ball screens. The defense was so thoroughly confused by the fake pindown and the resulting staggered screens that it allowed Garnett to slip to the hoop for the jam, despite knowing the Celtics love that play.