March 28, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) drives against Utah Jazz point guard Devin Harris (5) during the third quarter at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE
When Rajon Rondo scores a lot or puts up a triple double performance, it gives fans a thrill and set the bar high for him. When he disappears or plays passively it frustrates us to no end. The biggest complaint we have with Rondo is his consistency.
Well, over the last few weeks, Rondo has been quietly racking up assists with (dare I say it?) consistency.
The Celtics are 13-5 since the All-Star break entering Friday night’s game with the Timberwolves, and Rondo’s rededication to ball security has been one of the reasons. Since the break, Rondo is averaging 12.4 assists and 3.6 turnovers compared with 9.5 and 3.7 in the first 22 games.But Rondo is hardly content. He realizes that some of his decisions may have cost the Celtics wins.
"I think I was doing too much; instead of making the simple pass, I am making the home run pass,'' he said. "That's just how I play. I'll try to do a better job of it. If I do turn it over, I just don't want it to lead to an easy break or fast-break points.''
But it might be wise to interject here that the Celtics [team stats] point guard is on a rather historic run. Rondo has had double-figure assists in his last 11 games, a streak not seen since Deron Williams had a similar streak in February and March 2009 (Steve Nash did it in January and February 2007). Next up is Nash’s 14-game stretch in March and April 2005. (Note: The Elias Sports Bureau wouldn’t tell the Celts the NBA all-time mark, saying only that Rondo is “nowhere close to the record.”) Rondo’s run of 11 breaks his own franchise record of nine from last season. Prior to that, no one in Celtics history had ever gone more than seven games with double-digit dishes. And he could have another target if Ray Allen, who was on the team flight here, is cleared to go after three games out with a sore right ankle.
When the matchup and situation calls for it, Rondo can attack the basket and put up big numbers across the board. But he's also smart enough to know when he needs to feed his big dogs to keep them involved in the offense. Triple doubles are nice and all, but the only stat that really matters is wins. What he's doing now seems to be working, so I hope he keeps it up.