A night after getting completely outplayed by Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo takes his frustration out on DRose 2.0*. Make no mistake though, Rondo was more of a beneficiary of getting to play a terrible Wizards team than actually taking the game over.
A win is a win, which is great, but there are plenty of things not to like about tonight’s play. The defense absolutely awful, which was probably why the Garden was the quietest I have witnessed in recent memory.. The Wizards shot 53% in the first half and finished the game shooting 45%. It’s nice to see the defense tighten up in the second half but it’s disheartening to realize that the superior play in the second half was a direct result of the starters playing more and the bench playing less. The Celtics starters played close to playoff minutes. Paul Pierce and Rondo each played at least 40 minutes and Ray Allen played 37. While it was refreshing to see the starters out on the court, you still want the bench to play up to their ability and you still want the starters’ minutes conserved for the playoffs. It’s just not happening.
Like anytime you play a bad team, you cannot read too much into the outcome or the team’s overall play…but we’ll try tomorrow. For now, just go out and enjoy the thought that the Celtics are halfway to a winning streak.
*Okay so maybe John Wall will become a similar player to Rose but he’s hardly in the same stratosphere right not.