RingColluder wrote: og15 wrote:
As a Clippers fan, there's nothing annoying whatsoever about a player who does well in the playoffs lol
There's a difference between 1) playing well in the regular season, and then maintaining that high level of play in the playoffs, and 2) seemingly coasting through the regular season, being a net negative or overall negative player for your team and having them hope you show up big in the post-season.
Rondo in Boston just played more minutes in the playoffs, so his raw numbers were better, that's no big deal, that happens. He was trash in Dallas. Not a long enough sample size with Chicago. On the other hand, in his last two playoffs with New Orleans and LAL, it has at least seemed like he has done the latter (coast then get serious), not the former, and that is the problem. Maybe they are coincidental, in which case, it might suck for the Clippers, but I don't think so.
I think it's a focus and preparation related thing. Rondo is a smart player and generally is in a supporting role, which means the defense is not focused on him. In a series where you are game planning for one specific opponent, he knows how to take advantage of those opportunities as a complimentary player well enough (even if he won't always be super consistent in some areas).
I doubt Rondo plays more than 10-15 games for us in the RS and it will all just be finding his role on the team. To expect anything from him is setting yourself up to bash him. Our max guy PG is the ultimate stat padding RS player who chokes in the playoffs. Rondo is the opposite, I'll take even 40% odds at this point compared to... not doing anything every day of the week.
Again, look at the success he had w the Lakers LAST YEAR. What is the issue? Our other option was a washed up demoralized Lou Williams. Rondo is the perfect fit for the team, the only issue is injuries. Ty Lue has known him from the beginning of his career, I doubt Rondo will mail it in especially coming in late on a contender.
TBH I'd trust him even over Lonzo Ball in the playoffs based on his track record and it does seem we're playing in a 1-2 year window for a ring.
When you look at our other options, I'm really surprised to see the board so negative on him.
I’m going to respond here because the other thread is being derailed.
I’m not negative on him, you should read what I’m saying in context. Like I said, it might suck for the Clippers, “but I don’t think so”. And like I said, he knows how to take advantage of opportunities as a complimentary player in the playoffs when it’s just one matchup and he seems to be more focused and prepared. None of this is negative.
If you think it is negative to suggest that a player coasting through the regular season is a problem, I can’t really add much else. I don’t actually think he’s coasting, I simply think the more focused matchup of the playoffs can help him out and allows him to be more effective. In the regular season, things are constantly changing.
Also, yes, fans can get annoyed when a player doesn’t perform in the regular season, it’s not going to be as relevant this season because it is mostly over, but seeding and regular season wins do still matter, so it’s not simply okay for a player to be bad in the regular season. Rondo was decent for the Lakers in the regular season last year. Inefficient in his scoring, but he doesn’t shoot THAT much that it’s a problem. This is going to be more of a concern next season.
Also Rondo needs as many reps as possible to understand his teammates, how they like to get the ball, where their spots are, etc. A lot of top PG’s new to teams, you’ll see them have a lag time in impact where they are feeling out their teammates, learning guys spots, etc. Clippers can’t afford to play him just 10 games if they want the best of him in the post-season. If so, he’ll still be feeling out teammates in the playoffs, and that’s a problem. He actually should play as many games as possible and as many minutes as reasonable.