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Pierce may be Boston's captain, but Rajon Rando is the key to their success.
Much like Turner and Iguodala, Rondo brings a little bit of everything. Beyond shooting, Rondo is very good at all parts of his game. He is one of the NBA's most talented point guards and is known best for his playmaking abilities, but Rondo's defense can be suffocating.
In a matchup against Boston's fiery guard, Jrue Holiday needs to be Philadelphia's series MVP.
Jrue was the Sixers' best offensive weapon in Round 1, averaging 18.2 PPG. But against Rondo, Holiday will have a much tougher time scoring. Though they are deep, Philly must get production from their 21-year-old guard.
In their three meetings in the regular season, Jrue scored just 11 PPG. Holiday has taken his game to another level this postseason, though. He is definitely capable of contributing on the offensive end like the Sixers need him to in this series.
They say defense and rebounding are what it takes to win in the playoffs, and those will be the most important keys for Jrue.
Rondo is an exceptional rebounder for his size (6'1'') and position. He is averaging 5.6 boards per contest in the playoffs. You can't expect the Sixers to get dominated on the glass like they did in Game 6 against the Bulls and win again. So it is vital that Holiday keep a body on Rondo when the ball goes up.
Lastly, Holiday's great defense will need to be at its best in this series.
Rondo is lightning quick and can get to the bucket like few others can. His craftiness and awareness make him one of the most dangerous offensive weapons in the game. Though he can score, Rondo's passing abilities are what make him so incredible. He led the league in assists by a full point over perennial assist leader Steve Nash (11.7 APG) this season.
Rondo brings it all, and Holiday can too. But it's asking too much of the 21-year-old to even make this matchup a wash.
That being said, Jrue is a budding star and he knows very well what he is going up against. If he can come close to making this a fairly even battle, Coach Collins will be thrilled, and so will I.