Let me start by saying that Rondo is a great player. Is he very frustrating and it bugs me that he can't make jumpers, but he is a great player. In most scenarios it is better to have on the floor than the alternative. But against the Heat, the advantage at point guard everyone is talking about really diminishes.
Rondo's weakness is shooting outside jumpers and he overcomes that with his athletic ability. That is what helps him either get to the tin or find open players. The problem with the Heat is that the athletic ability of Wade and James far and away trumps Rondo and his game. He still had a good game but he shot 8-20. Last year he shot 20-45, with 0 being 3-pointers. Delonte West, on the other hand, shot 19-36 with six 3-pointers. Delonte isn't a better player than Rondo, but against the Heat he may be a better fit in our system because he doesn't rely 100% on his athleticism. I was hoping Bradley could address this issue but looks like we don't have that luxury.
In almost any series Rondo offers us a huge advantage, but the Heat can play 5-4 defensively because they are athletic enough to collapse on him and shut him down. We need Rondo to start hitting his jumpers and getting some respect or this series is over. He helped get us here, he can help us in the finals, but unless he gets into a groove shooting we aren't going to have a Rondo advantage that everyone keeps pointing to. He did it in Game 7 against the Sixers so there is hope, but I just don't know how long he can stay in the zone from 15 ft.