We've seen great point-guard matchups in postseasons past, perhaps none better than when pals Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas hooked up as the chessmasters of their respective Lakers and Pistons teams a couple decades ago. John Stockton vs. Gary Payton, Steve Nash vs. Tony Parker and Chris Paul vs. Deron Williams all have been obvious draws. But is it grossly premature to add Rondo vs. Rose to the short list?
It sure doesn't feel like it, four games into their give-and-take, parry-and-thrust in the Celtics-Bulls first-round series. The thrills in watching them so far are rivaled only by the showdowns imagined over the next 10 or 12 years in the Eastern Conference. Both were remarkable Sunday in yet another thriller in a series that will be tough even for Lakers-Cavaliers to beat.
All Rondo has done to this point is average a triple-double through the four games, including his performance in the double-overtime loss (25 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, one turnover).