In the first two GreenLab series we delved into the various options that the Celtics and Rajon Rondo run to defeat the "Under-Screen" and "Sagging" defenses. Those are the two most common methods that opponents utilize to negate Rondo's offensive strengths, hoping to force him into his biggest weakness: outside shooting.
Scoring is not Rondo's primary goal for this particular team. Has he been lucky to have been surrounded with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen? Of course. But to that end, you still have to prove that you can get the job done and he has, especially elevating his game (and numbers) in the playoffs. Unlike Chicago and Derrick Rose for example, Doc Rivers has designed quite a few impressive sets to use Rondo's strengths in synergy with the great players around him.
For today's experiement in the GreenLab, we will go over an interesting set in which Rondo and Pierce work a 2-man game from the free throw line.