Last evening, the Boston Celtics gave the Cavaliers an old-fashioned butt whooping in Cleveland. And this did not appear to be a fluke. Had the Celtics have played better (or smarter) in the closing minutes of Game 1, they could have easily headed back to Boston up 2 0. Now should the Cavs be alarmed? No they should not. They had the best record in the League for a reason.
But a very interesting transformation has occurred in Boston. Welcome to stardom Rajon Rondo. This guy just keeps getting better and better. For the past few years, people have talked about the Big 3 in Boston (Garnett, Pierce, and Allen). Well the best player on this team is none of those three. The former UK point guard, Rajon Rondo, has truly emerged to the big time. His play is more important in determining a win or loss for the Celtics than anyone else. As he goes, the team goes.
Well last night, he only had 13 points, but dished out an astounding 19 assists! Rondo accounted for more points than both Lebron James and Mo Williams combined. The man is just electric out there. If you overlook his inability to hit consistently from the perimeter, Rondo truly has it all. He has speed, skills, guts, and determination. Not to mention his basketball IQ has skyrocketed the past couple of years.
I would argue to say, that minus Deron Williams, he is the best all around point guard in the game. And you want to know the most scary thing about Rondo? He is only 24! He may have not even entered his prime yet. Rondo this year nearly averaged a double/double through the regular season with 14 points a game and a little less than 10 assists. He really is the catalyst for the Celtics.
Also it is nice to see the point guard taking center stage again. Because basketball at its most basic level starts with the point guard. The point guard brings the ball down the floor and distributes. He is the general that leads the offensive attack. Well Rondo is doing just that.
So can he lead the Celtics past the Lebron James and the might Cavaliers? And is he one of the top 2 point guards in the League?
Stay tuned for the next edition of Sportskraze.