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If the Celtics Have to Depend on Rondo to Win Game 7, They're in Trouble

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 15:  Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics shoots over Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the third quarter of Game Six of the 2010 NBA Finals at Staples Center on June 15, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  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 Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Darrell HorwitzSenior Writer IIJune 16, 2010

According to the announcers during the trouncing of the Boston Celtics in Game Six of the NBA Finals, the team's going to need Rajon Rondo to come up with a big scoring game in the finale for the Celts to have a chance.

If they're right, the Celtics are in big trouble.

Rondo's scoring and shooting stats have gone down in the last two series, when playing teams that are better defensively.

Going through trees like Gasol, Bynum, and Odom doesn't make it any easier on Rondo's patented drives to the hoop.

But that's a far simpler chore for a guy who looked like he couldn't hit the side of a barn on his outside shots in Tuesday's game.

One three-point shot missed the rim badly and caromed off the backboard, while an unguarded 12-footer touched nothing but air.

For the second time in the last three games, he went 5-15 from the field, finishing both games with just ten points.

Not only that, but he's just 4-17 from the charity stripe in the series after shooting only 57 percent against Orlando from the line.

If he does that tomorrow night, Celtics fans will be crying in their beer, because not only will they lose the series, but their mini-reign of the last three years will have come to an end.

The only finals they will see next year will be on the plasma at the estate.

Is this the same Rondo that people were proclaiming the best point guard in the league after a couple of earlier playoff games?

Are the last two series showing that Rondo really is a product of his environment? Because I'm starting to think he's vastly overrated after having a chance to watch him more closely.

I'm not even sure if I would put him in the upper echelon of point guards in the league anymore after this series. He's had a couple of good games, but two out of six is not a percentage to brag about.

In today's society, everything has to be the best. While nobody's saying he's the best point guard of all-time, I think they're too quick to christen him possibly the best in the game today, because his numbers certainly don't warrant it.

Last night the Lakers were leaving him open and guarding the shooters and daring him to put in an outside jump shot.

If this was truth or dare, the truth was that the Lakers were right that he can't hurt them shooting from outside.

Despite what many of his fans think, being able to shoot is a far more valuable commodity for a point guard than rebounding.

If the Celtics are going to win, the big three of Pierce, Allen, and Garnett are going to have to carry the load.  

But for you Celtics fans out there, there still is hope.

The team that has won the rebound battle has won every game of this series.

Pray for a double-digit rebound game from Rondo, because if you're hoping for him to have a breakout scoring game like the announcers said, your prayers will not be answered.

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