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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Lakers Got Rondo'd in Game Six

While Finals MVP Paul Pierce, Defensive Player of the Year Kevin Garnett and All-Star three point marksman Ray Allen clearly played significant roles in leading the Celtics to the 2008 NBA Championship, young point guard Rajon Rondo also made a valuable contribution to their title run, particularly in the clinching game of the Finals. Rondo's 21 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and six steals in Boston's 131-92 game six victory showcased his ability to provide impact in many different phases of the game. At times, the Lakers took advantage of his suspect outside shot--particularly in games four and five and in the first quarter of game six--but Rondo answered back by using his speed and quickness to wreak havoc at both ends of the court.

Paul Dalessio of Fleishman-Hillard shared this new Reebok video clip about Rondo:

Rondo shot .407 from the field, .250 from three point range and .691 from the free throw line during the playoffs. In order to become a top notch point guard on a night in, night out basis, he will have to improve those numbers to at least .450, .300 and .770 while continuing to be a good passer and rebounder and an active defender. Rondo shot .492 from the field, .263 from three point range and .611 from the free throw line during the regular season.

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posted by David Friedman @ 7:14 PM



At Friday, June 20, 2008 8:20:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's easy to glorify Rondo when he's playing with future Hall of Famers Garnett, Pierce and Allen. Put Rondo in Memphis or Seattle or any other nonplayoff team and he'd be just a mediocre player. That's what Rondo in reality is: a mediocre played. I repeat: it's easy to be pg when you have three future Hall of Famers. Rondo is nothing special as a player

At Saturday, June 21, 2008 4:51:00 AM, Blogger David Friedman said...


I'm not trying to "glorify" Rondo. He played very well in game six and the video highlights that. I specifically pointed out exactly what Rondo must do in order to reach the next level. Keep in mind that he is a very young player. He has a chance to be special.

You are right that if he played on a less talented team we would not be talking about him--but that could be said even about his HoF caliber teammates, each of whom missed the playoffs last year with Bos., Minn. and Seattle.


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