Video Breakdown of the Knicks Exposing Rajon Rondo
However, an in-depth look at his numbers shows that despite his improved offensive performance this season, his weaknesses still remain. As Henry Abbott stated this morning, that weakness is his outside shot. Rondo is an abysmal 23 for 85 on shots away from the rim. Because of this deficiency, the Knicks decided to leave Rondo completely open in favor of packing the paint and covering the Celtics good outside shooters. Here's a great video breakdown of the strategy in action:
Looks like the Knicks gave the Celtics a dose of their own medicine (minus the clutching, the grabbing and all of the other chippy tactics they like to employ). Basically they packed the paint, doubled the Celtics' best players and challenged the Celtics worse outside shooter to hit an outside shot. This is the strategy the Celtics successfully employed against the Lakers in the 2008 NBA Finals. I'm just surprised more teams haven't been trying to do this to the Celtics and their obvious Rondo weak link. As Ray Allen put it, this is the blueprint for beating the men in green.