Monday , May , 17 , 2010 J.N.

The Importance of Being Rondo

He does not live a double life. Instead, the real Rajon Rondo is showing the basketball world that he is definitely a pure point guard force to be reckoned with.

Not many people were believers in Rondo’s game during the 2009 NBA Playoffs. I argued that he might be top 5 point guard after the playoffs ended. I received a lot of criticism for that notion. The most common thing that people were using against me and Rondo is that he plays with three Hall of Famers. He was a beast in last season’s playoffs. He averaged 13.7 points, 9.8 assists, 4.4 rebounds, and a league leading 2.3 steals per game during this year’s regular season. In this year’s playoffs so far, he is averaging 17.2 points, 10.8 assists, 6.1 rebounds, and 2 steals per game.

Rondo has been silencing critics with each playoff game.

At one time somewhere, Rondo was not even in many people’s radar even after last season’s playoffs. That was odd considering that he was averaging a near triple double without Kevin Garnett. So called “experts” were placing Russell Westbrook and Stephen Curry over him. He was dismissed left and right barely making anyone’s top 10. The guy has been standing at the door listening in on point guard conversations. He was also discussed in trade talks when he was competing against Derrick Rose in the first round last year. Today, he kicked down the door earning the label as “untouchable” for the Boston Celtic franchise.

He has been a super player. Rondo is definitely one of those players who pick up their games tremendously during the playoffs. His defining game occurred on May 9, 2010. It was game 4 versus Lebron’s Cleveland Cavaliers. Rondo dominated the game ending the day with 29 points, 18 rebounds, 13 assists and 2 steals. This is where amazing happens. Those are absurd numbers for stat whores. How can a 6-1 point guard grab 18 rebounds in a playoff game?

The true Rajon Rondo has to show up every game from here on out to win another championship. The Big Three is on their last legs while he has to bring up the rest of the support. Boston wouldn’t be anywhere without the little guy. The team has been clicking on all cylinders and shades of the 2008 Boston Celtic championship defense is back. Everything is great with him leading the way eliminating Dwayne Wade’s Miami Heat, LeBron James’ Cavaliers, and winning game one on the road against Dwight Howard’s Orlando Magic.

The thing that the Boston organization and the fan base have to prepare for is to give the keys of the franchise to Rajon Rondo. Paul Pierce will have some trouble with this, but player number 9 has earned it. He is the Celtics’ best player right now. It should be Rondo’s Boston Celtics in the future. Not only that, but he is also the best point guard in the East and arguably top 4 point guard in the entire NBA. No more circumstances from knowledgeable experts about him benefitting from the Big Three. They’re deteriorating while Rondo elevated his game to new heights. He is the real deal and It’s time to give him his due.

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