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Rajon Rondo is making some history early on

Posted on: October 30, 2010 12:06 am
Edited on: October 30, 2010 12:07 am
Posted by Royce Young

Friday night against the New York Knicks, Rajon Rondo scored 10 points. He also grabbed 10 rebounds. And wouldn't you know it, he put up double-digit assists too, notching a triple-double. But this wasn't any triple-double. This was a history-making triple-double.

In Boston's 105-101 over the Knicks, Rondo dished out 24 assists tying the record for most assists ever in a triple-double. (He tied Isiah Thomas whose came in a double-overtime game.) Oh, and on top of that, he also tied the record for most assists after three games in history with 50. Fifty. FIFTY assists. Through three games, Rondo is averaging 16.6 assists per game. That's like good or something.

In Friday's game, here's how his assists lined up: 12 led to baskets at the rim, two to shots 10 feet or closer, one 10-15, five from 16-23 (hello Kevin Garnett pick-and-pop) and four to 3-pointers. Rondo distributed the ball far and wide like a quarterback finding multiple receivers on a big day.

Garnett told reporters after the game, "Sometimes he’ll see something that you don’t see and he’ll make you see it." I think that's a fairly tremendous way of describing a playmaker like Rondo. Similar to a great quarterback throwing a wide receiver open (two football references in one post!). I love that expression.

Rondo is off to a fairly fantastic start with 17 assists in game one, nine in game two and then 24 in the third game. Some are making the case that Rondo might be the best point guard in the league and while that's of course debatable, he's at least worth talking about. Obviously it's fortuitous for Rondo that he happens to be able to dish primarily to Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Garnett, three future Hall of Famers, but Rondo is key in getting them their open looks.

We're just three games in, but Rondo is already putting a historical stamp on this season. He won't keep the pace for the entire 82, but for now, looking at 16.6 apg is pretty fun.

Since: Nov 2, 2010
Posted on: November 2, 2010 3:20 pm

Rajon Rondo is making some history early on

Watching Rondo over the past few years one thing is for certain, while he is not the best jump shooter in the league, he has greatly improved each year in the league.  While he may never be hitting jump shots like a deron williams or cp3, he is not hesitating like he once was, making the defenders defend him that much closer giving himself even more room to work in the low post

Since: Oct 27, 2010
Posted on: October 30, 2010 11:33 am

Rajon Rondo is making some history early on

Rondo is really developing into a premier distributor, but he still has one massive flaw - he's a poor shooter. I'd really like to see him put some effort into developing his mid range jump shot. He was really exposed by the lakers last year during the finals where Kobe just dared him to shoot the 15 footer and played completely off him. Unless he can start making teams pay they will start playing off of him forcing him to beat them with his shot.

Since: Feb 17, 2007
Posted on: October 30, 2010 2:03 am

Rajon Rondo is making some history early on

Turnovers.  It's mostly turnovers, and a little bit about lapses in intensity on defense.  
The Celtics already had 6 turnovers halfway through the first quarter!   Rondo was the guilty party on many of them, making risky passes which aren't like him, as he's usually a low-turnover guy.  The whole team was trying to force the extra pass, with Garnett and Rondo being the biggest problem in that regard. 
They cleaned it up fast, though.  Rondo was spectacular for the last 3+ quarters.  Garnett started taking his open shots without hesitation. 
The Celtics cut down on turnovers to a much lower rate from the last half of the 1st quarter onward. 

I'm not too worried, because the turnovers are coming from being overly unselfish.  As time passes, guys will start getting their hands up, ready for passes anytime, and the passers will make better decisions.  

Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: October 30, 2010 1:17 am

Congrats Rondo....... But......

First off I have to take my hat off to Rondo, 24 assists in a game is something that has only happened about 25 times. The thing that has me worried though is that even though Rondo played specatacular (and two other players got double-doubles) is that the Celtics only won by 4 points. What's the culprit of these wacky results the last few games? foul shot disparity?

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