A lot of hubbub is being made about Rajon Rondo's most recent double-double. Rondo notched his 10th assist with just a few ticks left on the clock of the Boston Celtics' big loss to the lowly Detroit Pistons, giving him his 34th game in a row with at least 10 assists.
What's so wrong with that?
Well, Rondo was sitting at just six dimes after the third quarter, yet Doc Rivers put him back into the game with just over five minutes left with the Celtics down by 16 points.
At that point I suppose there's a glimmer of hope for a comeback, but once it got down to three minutes left with the Pistons up by 19 and a timeout called, it seemed like the right time to take Rondo out.
At that point it became obvious that the Celtics were gunning for double-digit assists for Rondo, especially after Doc called a timeout with under two minutes left to run a play to get Rondo his tenth assist (he turned the ball over).
Whether you think that was a strange fourth quarter or not, Rondo's streak has been impressive, regardless of the fact that the streak seems arbitrary and unimportant. This isn't baseball after all.
Still, it's obvious that Rondo and the Celtics see some importance in the streak, so let's take a look at just how good it is compared to some of the other best assist streaks in league history.