Rajon Rondo, Celtics: B-
Much like Jeremy Lin, Rajon Rondo didn't perform at a level that will shock or awe an individual.
What Rondo managed to do, however, was have a positive impact on a victory.
Twelve points, eight assists, five rebounds and two steals suggest such. His four turnovers are reflected in a plus-minus of positive-5.
Shooting 5-of-13, however, is always going to hurt.
Rondo struggled from mid-range and failed to display his usual burst off of the dribble. He defended Lin's penetration skills relatively well, though, which mattered most in the end.
By his standards, Rondo played a poor game. By average-point-guard standards, however, Rondo played well.
Jeremy Lin, Rockets: B
Jeremy Lin may not have blown anyone away, but his evening defined the term "solid."
Lin finished the game with 12 points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals. Perhaps most impressive of all, he didn't commit a single turnover.
Minus the latter, this is becoming a typical stat line from Lin. One that people would be crazy to reject.
So, how did it all happen?
From a scoring perspective, Lin was relatively quiet. When given the opportunity to score, however, he took advantage of the chance at hand.
Coming off of a screen, Lin drew Jared Sullinger off of a Boston rotation. This allowed the third-year point guard to catch Sullinger off balance with his dribble and rise up for a smooth jump shot.
Just one minute later, Lin spotted up and drained a 25-foot three-pointer.
It wasn't his best outing, but Lin was impressive. From packing a stat sheet to limiting Rajon Rondo to an average outing, Lin earned himself a solid mark.
A well-rounded evening.