Looking back at Rondo's season checklist


Looking back at Rondo's season checklist

BOSTON -- During training camp, Rajon Rondo listed out his personal to-do's for the 2012-13 season. At the time he had no way of knowing it would be cut short in January.

I want to take care of my turnovers, he said following the Celtics first practice of the season. I want to get more looks at the basket. I want to be more aggressive to the rim. I want to get to the line, obviously, maybe seven, eight times a game, realistically.

Rondo's season officially ended on Sunday when an MRI revealed a torn right ACL that will require surgery. The point guard, who was voted as a starter in next month's NBA All-Star game, played in 38 games this season, averaging 13.7 points, 11.1 assists, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.8 steals. He recorded 20 double-doubles and five triple-doubles.

With his season ending on January 27, see how Rondo fared on his checklist:

Goal 1: Limit turnovers

2012-13: 3.9 TO
2011-12: 3.6 TO
2010-11: 3.4 TO

Tied for highest turnover average in the league with Jrue Holiday and James Harden.

Goal 2: Get more looks at the basket (field goal attempts)

2012-13: 12.2 FGA
2011-12: 10.8 FGA
2010-11: 9.9 FGA

Tied for second with Kevin Garnett for most field goals attempted on the Celtics this season. Paul Pierce is first with 15.0 FGA.

Goal 3: Get to the line 7-8 times a game

2012-13: 2.4 FTA
2011-12: 3.4 FTA
2010-11: 1.9 FTA

Rondo attempted 93 free throws, fourth on the Celtics behind Pierce (242), Garnett (146), and Jeff Green (112).

Rondo's season ended with him atop the leader board in assists per game. He also led the entire league in triple-doubles.

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Celtics-Kings preview: Watch out for Cousins’ supporting cast

Celtics-Kings preview: Watch out for Cousins’ supporting cast

BOSTON –  There is no mistaking DeMarcus Cousins is priority No. 1 when it comes to beating the Sacramento Kings.
But dealing with elite individual players hasn’t been a huge problem for the Celtics.
It’s their supporting cast that are usually the game’s biggest difference-makers and where the Celtics have faltered.
Limiting Sacramento’s role players will be key to the Celtics (10-8) getting back on a winning track after losing 121-114 at home to the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday.
Going into that game, all eyes were on Andre Drummond who has emerged as one of the league’s premier centers. And the former UConn product didn’t disappoint as he scored 25 points to go with 17 rebounds. 
But Drummond’s play didn’t decide the game’s outcome.
It was the dribble-drive penetration of Ish Smith (19 points, eight rebounds, eight assists), the red-hot shooting of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (25 points) and the inside-outside work of Jon Leuer (12 points, seven rebounds) that ultimately sealed the Celtics’ fate. 
The Kings (7-11) have a number of players that, in addition to Cousins, can be problematic for the Celtics if they are not careful.
Rudy Gay, whose name will continue to be thrown about as potentially being traded, has put up borderline All-Star numbers for most of his career.
This season, the 10-year veteran is averaging 19.6 points, 3.1 assists and 6.3 rebounds per game from the wing-forward position.
Darren Collison is averaging 12.9 points per game along with 4.9 assists from the point guard position. While he’s not known as a great shooter (he’s shooting 34.8 percent on 3s this season), his speed and ability to get into the paint is something the Celtics have to limit.
The bottom line is Boston’s defense has to do a better job at not only accounting for the King’s main star, but also the talent around him.
“There’s a reason why guys are in the NBA,” Boston’s Amir Johnson told CSNNE.com recently. “You know everybody in this league can play and if you’re not careful, they can play well against you and your team. We just have to do a better job defensively against everyone, really.”
And part of that starts with having the right attitude.
“We have to get a little more nastier on the defensive end and not let a team come in and get comfortable,” said Boston’s Jae Crowder. “It’s not been an ongoing thing. It happened [against Detroit] and it happened in the Denver game; a couple games. For the most part we’ve been trying to impose our will first.”