Rajon Rondo had a special game for the hometown crowd that flooded the TD Garden in Boston Sunday afternoon. Playing against the revived Jeremy Lin-led Knicks, the Celtics looked like the team of old, at least for a game. The Celtics have been trying to regain their form after a tough stretch to start the season, and the All-Star break seems to have done them well. A well-rested Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce wrecked havoc on the Knicks, with much credit belonging to the play-making of All-Star Point Guard Rajon Rondo. In a 115-111 Overtime Victory for Boston, Rondo managed a line of 18 Points, 17 Rebounds and 20 Assists; marking just the third time in NBA history a player was able to rack up 17+ Rebounds with 20+ Assists (Magic Johnson and Wilt “The Stilt” Chamberlain are the only others to have done so). Although critics will talk about how this game went to overtime (the other two achievers did so in regulation), this by no means discredits Rondo’s performance. The fact that such a game has occurred just three times in the storied history of the NBA speaks to how special the performance truly was and is. The way I see it, the fact that Rondo put up this type of showing in a big game and that in the scope of things every point and assist he earned were vital in his team winning, this game may be even more special because of how tight the score was.
Being able to watch this one live, the game Rondo put together ranks up there with any individual performance I can recall from recent memory. Rondo’s dominance on the scoreboard as well as his dominance of the tempo made watching his play enjoyable, even as a non-Boston fan, merely as a fan of the game and its merits. The game seemed to flow through him and everything he did worked, and he looked smooth. Whether it was a crafty drive to the basket or a well fed pass to a cutting teammate, Rondo could do no wrong and he showed that his talent is something to be marveled at. Until today I never saw Rajon Rondo as a superstar that could carry a team alone, but believe me, after today I’ll never be silly enough to think such a thought again.
Where Do You Rank Rondo’s Performance? What Happened To Jeremy Lin? Thoughts?