No one is going to pretend Rajon Rondo had a good game against the Knicks. It’s why he only played 26 minutes.
But Ray Allen struggled and he played 37 minutes. How Rajon is used is the basis for Rich Levine’s mock news conference with Doc Rivers.
RICH LEVINE: Doc, at what point, in your mind, will Rondo have earned the right to have a bad stretch without being banished to the bench? I mean, no matter how great a player is, he’s going to have a tough spell or two, and when that happens the coach must weigh his options. He’s got to say to himself, “OK, this guy is clearly in a little funk, but considering his body of work, shouldn’t I just give him a second to break out?” Is Rondo really not there for you yet? The kid’s being talked about as a potential All-Star, why do you insist on treating him like Tony Allen?
RIVERS: Excuse me, do I know you? How did you get in here?
It’s a fair point. Good players struggle. Sometimes you gotta let them play through it. On the other side, though, is the possibility that Doc thought being down double digits required more of a scoring threat like Eddie House.
Personally, I would like to see Rondo get some minutes to play through rough patches.