Thursday, June 12, 2008

Rondo's injury highlights importance of the point guard position

Before the NBA Finals tipped off, most of the attention focused on Kobe, KG, Gasol, Ray Allen, Pierce, etc. Celtics PG Rajon Rondo didn't get much pub. For the most part, he remained out of the spotlight.

Now that he's hurt, he's become the story of the series. The truth is, because of his position and the point guard's role on the team, he should have been a bigger story from the beginning.

I'm a big believer that the point guard position has always been the key position. As I've said in previous posts, the PG controls the tempo and flow of the game and provides the team with its identity. Players such as Chris Paul, Steve Nash, Tony Parker fill this role today just as guys like Magic, Stockton, Isiah did in the past.

As one of Rondo's teammates says here: "When he's out of the game, we don't have any kind of offensive rhythm." That's what a good point guard provides -- rhythm.

For any team, this is a difficult time to be searching for a PG. It's clear that Boston hasn't decided who its true backup point guard is. That, along with the pressure of playing in a championship series where every mistake and turnover is magnified, makes it even more difficult.