Our second post here was called "Hey, Rondo: Shoot!" and it referenced Rondo's hot spot diagrams from last year's playoffs, when he shot 50 percent on long two-point jumpers. The Celtics will be a much, much better team in the short- and long-terms if Rondo takes 15- to 20-foot jumpers regularly and makes a decent percentage of them. It's just unhealthy to have a guy passing up open looks. It makes things harder for everyone.
Also: Red's Army has the video of the Paul Pierce halftime piece ABC ran today. We don't learn all that much new, but it's worth remembering that Paul Pierce, NBA Finals MVP, almost died in September 2000. I know a few Celtics fans who will never forgive PP for the gang sign controversy and the wildly inappropriate Pacers incident in 2005, and I can respect that. But life is about mistakes and redemption, and there's no denying that Pierce has become a different kind of player late in his career--unselfish, hard-working and serious about defense. Maybe it's only because the C's brought in KG and Ray Allen, and Pierce couldn't pout and be lazy without looking bad in comparison. I don't really know what kind of person Paul Pierce is, but I can't remember a late-career transition that made me happier.