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.

Celtics hope to rebound after being outplayed by Bulls on the boards

Celtics hope to rebound after being outplayed by Bulls on the boards

Following Thursday’s 105-99 loss to the Chicago Bulls, the Boston Celtics will be on the prowl to rebound – literally – from its first defeat of the season.

Because for all that did not go right in Thursday night’s loss, the way Boston was beaten on the boards stands out emphatically.

“They got 24 more shots than us. We only turned it over (12) times,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens told reporters after the loss. “So that’s the obvious place they’re getting their possessions, on the glass. That’s going to be the number one thing, that has been the number one thing. It’s something we’ve talked about. We have to get better at it.”


Boston was out-rebounded 55-36 on the boards which heavily factored into Chicago’s 18-5 advantage in second-chance points.

In the Celtics' 122-117 win over Brooklyn on Wednesday, Boston won the overall rebounding battle 47-44, but had just 12 offensive rebounds compared to Brooklyn's 15 offensive boards. Despite the close margin, the Nets won the battle on the offensive glass running away, outscoring the Celtics 23-13 in second-chance points.

Stevens decided to start Tyler Zeller ahead of Amir Johnson to begin the third quarter, hoping Zeller would be a better matchup on the glass than Johnson who did not grab a single rebound in the 11 minutes of court time he got in the first half.

While Zeller did do a few good things on the glass and scoring in half-court sets, it wasn’t enough to swing the momentum Chicago was steadily gaining due to its ability to control the boards.

“I wasn’t real surprised but at the same time I knew it could happen,” Zeller told reporters, referring to Stevens’ decision to have him start the second half. “They did a good job of coming out and setting the tone. They beat us up on the boards, especially the first half. It’s something we have to get better at and continue to grow at.”

And it’s not a one-player or one-position issue, either.

Usually we think of bigs when it comes to rebounding. But Boston’s guards need to step up their rebounding game as well.

The struggles thus far have to be put in the context of this being just two games, the latter being the season opener for the Bulls who were jacked up more than usual due to it being the first game for Chicago native Dwyane Wade and ex-Celtic Rajon Rondo.

“We have to focus on boxing out,” said Boston’s Jaylen Brown. “Guards have to do a better job. Guys like me, Al (Horford), Amir (Johnson), Tyler (Zeller) ... We have to do a good job of coming in the weak side and grabbing those; just focus on it, pay more attention to detail.”