There were a lot of reasons for the Celtics' failure to even compete in Game 6, but none were bigger than Rajon Rondo's inactivity. The Lakers did a great job neutralizing his strengths, to be sure, but Rondo himself was also very disengaged. Naturally, the Celtics, who rely so heavily on Rondo's contributions, followed suit.
This makes Rondo the key to Game 7 for the Celtics. He has to play significantly better for the Celtics to have any chance to pull off the upset. How does he do that? NBA Playbook has some answers:
Two adjustments for Rajon Rondo. Be more aggressive and cut off of Kobe's back when he leaves him. They might sound like small little things, but they are very important to the Celtics' success in game seven. I am not saying that this will win them the game, but it will keep things close and then who knows what happens?
In other words, Rondo must be active and make Kobe Bryant pay for not guarding him closely.