Whatta Night For Rondo!
Posted by Mike on December 4, 2008
His name might not yet be in the same sentence with Chris Paul, but Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, is quickly making a name for himself throughout the NBA. In last night’s game versus the Indiana Pacers, Rondo had 16 points, 13 rebounds, and 17 assists. Numbers that nobody thought he could put up when he was coming out of Kentucky. Now, Rondois making a strong bid to make his first All-Star team. The big question last season, was if Rondo could handle playing with three bona fide All-Stars, he had some difficulty at times, after all it was only his second season, but taking home that title last season proved to the rest of the NBA, Rajon Rondo is no joke. The Celtics have gone from the Big Three, to what looks like now to the Four Horsemen. More from Boston.com:
Rondo (16 points, 13 rebounds, 17 assists) continued an impressive roll that has coincided with the Celtics’ 10-game winning streak. In the first 11 games of the season, Rondo had 78 points and 73 assists; in the next nine games, he has totaled 125 points and 81 assists.
“He’s getting everybody easy shots, making the game look simple, and making it simple for everybody,” Garnett said. “When we’re good defensively, it’s because Rondo sets the tone by picking the ball up very early.”
The last Celtic to record a triple-double was Ryan Gomes (10 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists) in a 110-108 overtime win over Charlotte Nov. 8, 2006. Pierce (31 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists) was the last Celtic with a triple-double in a game that did not to go to OT, a 104-101 win over Philadelphia March 8, 2006.
Asked if Rondo might be expected to total a quadruple-double, Rivers joked, “Yeah, with turnovers, maybe. It’s possible. I mean, there’s very few guys that have that ability. There’s only been about four or five of them. He has the opportunity, someday. Hopefully soon. He has speed and quickness. There is a complete difference – there are a lot of guys who aren’t fast runners but have great first steps. Rondo’s one of the exceptions; he has both. Rondo’s a playmaking guard, and for our team, it’s the perfect fit because we have so many scorers.”