The Stat Line of the Night — 5/9/10 — Rajon Rondo
One of the best playoff performances in Boston playoff history occurred last night. It wasn’t from Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, or Kevin Garnett, though. It was from Rajon Rondo, the young point guard who isn’t included in the “Big Three” discussion even though he had an all-star caliber season. Rondo single-handedly led his team to a 97-87 victory over LeBron’s Cavs last night with an enormous triple-double.
Rondo dominated every aspect of the game. He scored 29 points on 9-21 shooting and even got to the line 16 times, converting on 11 of them. His 13 assists helped set up his teammates for easy buckets, sure, but his rebounding was the most impressive. On a team with some good rebounding big men, the point guard was able to snag 18 rebounds and help lead his team to a 47-33 rebounding advantage. He also had a couple of steals as well. This was Rondo’s 4th playoff triple-double after collecting 3 in the Celtics-Bulls first round series last year.
The win was a huge one for the Celtics, who are fighting for their lives to advance past Cleveland to the Eastern Conference Finals. The series is now tied at 2 games apiece as it moves back to Cleveland for Game 5. Rondo has played very well, but the Celtics will need their other stars to step up as well if they have any hope of defeating LeBron. As for last night, Rondo earns the “Stat Line of the Night”.