the celtics used to win a lot without rondo during regular season. when asked about this kevin garnett was unconcerned. he believed during regular season people naturally slack. thus more pressure is put on rondo the ball handler. however without him, the team all had to do some cooking of there own.Suspect many players subconsciously expect him just to win it for us and maybe only give 99%. When he is not there, you get 100% from everyone.
The noise of “BAAAAAALLLLLL!!!!” every tackle in the last quarter was incredible. Must have been awesome at the gameOn average, I've been really low on the club this season... some really really poor performances that seemed effort based on the surface but I'm sure others would say that's an unfair accusation.
I guess my disappointment is loaded with expectations of this group given we've shown how well we can play at times, and for the most part being uncompetitive against the very best sides under Longmuir.
But watching last night's game from the couch, was the most fun I've had watching us in years. I would have hardly cared if we lost, because the structures held and the players put in consistently.
I'd love to get the perspective of people at the game last night, because the energy and general sense of 'fun' from the audience is palpable through the TV. I wouldn't discount the retro kit playing a part in the general energy as well. We had an identity at one point and seeing the crowd filled with purple, red & green was striking. This was supported by JLO after the game saying how much the players love the jump and the pundits on First Crack gushing over it.
Because we are soooo much less predictable without him.