Since when did it become impossible to guard Rajon Rondo? I’ve watched the kid play a lot over the past two seasons, he’s not the second coming of Jason Kidd, but for some reason he’s looked like it this postseason.
Last night Rondo went off for 15 points, 11 rebounds and 18 assists in the Celtics’ 112-94 blowout win over the Orlando Magic. It was his fifth career triple-double but his third in the last eight games. Until last night, only Larry Bird had ever had three playoff triple-doubles in one season for the Celtics.
How the hell does Rajon Rondo have three triple-doubles in the playoffs? He’s a 6’1 point guard who can’t shoot. How is a guy like that hard to defend? I repeat: He. Can’t. Shoot. Can’t do it. Would lose a game of horse to my 67-year-old, arthritic, female neighbor. And I’m being serious.
I realize he’s incredibly athletic, a great defender and has developed excellent court vision. That doesn’t explain how opposing players are allowing him to dominate games.
In the most basic sense of the game, there are three things you need to be able to do in order to be a successful basketball player (unless you’re 6’10 or taller): You must be able to handle the ball, you must be able to defend to some degree and you must be able to hit a jump shot.
Already Rondo is missing one-third of what it takes to be a successful basketball player.
Here’s some advice for guys who defend him: SAG OFF AND LET HIM SHOOT! Whatever you do, don’t give him lanes to the basket and don’t face-guard him. And if he gets by you, foul the shit out of him. Chances are he’ll miss one-third of his free throws.
How the hell this kid is averaging 18.3 points, 9.6 rebounds and 11.9 assists in the playoffs I’ll never understand. He’s shooting just 42 percent from the field and 28.5 percent from 3-point range in the postseason, by the way. Those numbers are atrocious for any guard, let alone a guy who has absolutely dominated the playoffs.
All due respect to the Magic but If you get dominated by a guy like Rajon Rondo, you deserve to lose. He’s a decent player but come on.
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