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44 points, eight rebounds, 10 assists, three steals, 67 percent shooting, 53 minutes. That was Rondo’s historic stat line in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. That’s right, Rondo played the entirety of Game 2, plus overtime.
I feel like Rondo goes under-appreciated sometimes. When the Boston “Big Three” first came together, Rondo was just in his third season.
No one remembers, but a lot of the talk was about whether or not Rondo could lead and gain the respect of the future Hall of Famers. He did that, and then some, orchestrating the Celtics to their first title in over 20 years.
Rondo has slowly become the Celtics' best player, all while averaging just 11 points per game for his career.
Despite his low scoring average, Rondo still has the ability to take over games, whether it's his ability to create for his teammates, securing a clutch rebound (he’s only listed at 6’1") or snagging a big-time steal.
He is tied for fourth all-time in playoff triple-doubles with nine, just one behind fellow Celtic, Larry Legend. It is blasphemy that he has only made one All-NBA team (2012).
While his biggest criticism has always been his unreliable jump shot, maybe his scoring outburst in Game 2 will lead to Rondo developing greater confidence in his shot.