2010 NBA Playoffs: What Will The Cavaliers Do to Stop Rajon Rondo?

Maxwell PeltzContributor IMay 6, 2010

CLEVELAND - MAY 01:  Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics tries to get to the basket past the arms of LeBron James #23 and Shaquille O'Neal #33 the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 1, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won the game 101-93. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Rajon Rondo has been nothing but spectacular since the beginning of this series.  

Heck, he has been playing spectacular ball since the beginning of the season, and no one has realized this until now.  

Rondo has shown against the Cavaliers that their is absolutely nothing they can do to stop him.  

If they defend him from scoring, he is able to make a pass. When they defend every player on the court, he is able to slice the defense and put in a lay-up. 

The Cavaliers have tried covering him with four different players.  

To Begin the series they began with Mo Williams on Rondo. Rondo Played a great game in the first half and scored 16 points, along with dishing out eight assists.

Then in the second half of that game, the Cavaliers tried Anthony Parker out on him, this proved to slow him down. Rondo then only had eight points and four assists. 

The Cavaliers in Game Two tried Jamario Moon on him. With his lengthy arms and great speed, they thought he could cover Rondo.  

Boy, were they wrong.  

Later in the game the Cavaliers tried Delonte West on him. West was aggressive but unable to stop his passing abilities. 

This leaves the Cavaliers with very little options. They don't want to try Mo Williams again, but if they put Williams on Ray Allen, then Williams will struggle getting a hand in the face of the strong shooting Allen.

Delonte West is a strong possibility due to his aggressiveness but the Cavs have simply no answer for Rondo.

There is nobody on this roster who can cover Rondo, except for LeBron James. But putting James on Rondo would leave Pierce to dominate the game.

Pierce was, at first, viewed as the most dominant player on the Celtics coming into this series.  

But James has shut him down, leaving Rondo to take over.

If the Cavaliers were to put James on Rondo, that makes Pierce open to score at will.

Maybe Mike Brown should try this for half of a quarter and see how it goes, but if they do this for more than a quarter, the Cavaliers will get beat on very quickly, and LeBron will get tired from chasing the very agile Rondo around.

The bottom line is this:

Mike Brown must find his best defender who is a guard, whether it's West, Williams, Parker, or Moon.

He needs to find a way to defend Rondo. Rondo has been scoring 50 PPG; 15.5 of those off of buckets, and the rest off of assists.  

Start the game with Williams on him, he is quick and can cover him for maybe eight minutes of a quarter.  

Then comes the last minutes of the first quarter, put Parker on him.  

Too begin the second quarter, bring West in to cover him until Williams is put back in later on.

Have Williams on him to finish out the first half. In the beginning of the second half, put Williams on him again, and halfway through, put Parker or Moon on him. Then beginning of the fourth quarter, put West on him.  

Then with two minutes left in the fourth quarter, let LeBron defend him, so he can do nothing to make the game closer, or extend a lead.

That's just my thought, but who knows.  

It's Mike Brown's call.