I wrote another post that folks are still chewing on so I will be brief here, but I have to respectfully disagree with Danny Ainge, Doc, and others who are ready to anoint Rajon Rondo the best player or the leader. Last night he took the game off, and Paul seeing this tried to assert himself, but just was not going to get the minutes to turn the ship around.
This is the crux of Ray Allen's argument, and while we know Rondo is maturing, we risk nights like this in turning the reins completely over to him, when his mental toughness seems to peak when the bright lights are on. IS RONDO CONSISTENT ENOUGH TO BE GREAT?
There is a reason why Kevin Garnett had an larger-than life plus/minus rating. We are a shell of ourselves when running the pick-n-roll on offense, and defending it on defense.
I was sitting there watching the game and see Mr. Hoilday get to wherever he wanted on the court and torch us with passes the ignited the blowout.
If folks did not notice it, you could see Doc actually take the ball out of Rondo's hands and run the offense through Paul Pierce at the end of the second half and the beginning of the third period when we made a run.
We went out and got all these new toys that supposedly run with Rondo, but when push comes to shove, we missed KG presence and asked Paul to dig us out of a hole. Rondo was nowhere to be found.
He will show up the next two games because we are playing Deron Williams and in the new Barclays center, but we had better fix this, or it will become real obvious that despite Doc's protection, it will become crystal clear that Ray Allen points of view were legitimate.