Doc Rivers Wants Rajon Rondo to Take More Shots

by December 22, 2011

In many ways, the Boston Celtics will only go as far as Rajon Rondo can taken them in 2012, and according to head coach Doc Rivers, that means the point guard has to shoot the ball more. From WEEI: “While Jermaine O’Neal was off getting his in-game massage, Doc Rivers was making the following observation about Rajon Rondo: the Celtics need him to shoot and score if they are going anywhere this season. Rondo certainly didn’t disappoint in his preseason finale, making the first two jumpers he attempted on his way to 6-of-10 shooting and a team-high 17 points as the Celtics beat the Raptors, 81-73, Wednesday night. Rondo started off strong from the floor, something Rivers is looking for this season. ‘Yeah, yeah, we want him to just shoot it; I don’t care how many times he shoots,’ Rivers said. ‘What I did like more than his jump shot was that he got to the foul line, I think six times in the first half. That’s – we need that.’ Speaking of scoring, something the Celtics are going to need lots of if Paul Pierce is sidelined with a heel problem, Kevin Garnett posted up several times in the first quarter as well as spotting up high in the Celtics offense and passing to an open teammate down in the paint.”