Rajon Rondo was his usual dominant self last night for the Boston Celtics in a loss to Lebron James and the Miami Heat, finishing three rebounds shy of a triple double. He also chipped in 20 points and 13 assists. He didn’t miss a beat from last post season and looks geared towards having a fantastic 2012-2013 season.
He looked in mid-season form last night, starting the first quarter with seven assists, before picking up more of the scoring load in the second half. He got a number of easy looks including a few open lay-ups that the Heat simply couldn’t contest.
He still continued to struggle from the free throw line and also missed his two three point attempts. It is only one game so I am not yet ready to hammer him about his lack of improvement with his outside shooting.
Rondo is elite in a number of different areas. Obviously his passing ability is at the top with the uncanny ability to look ahead and know exactly where his teammates will be to receive the open pass. He is probably the most unselfish player in the league and has to be one of the first people other players would list among who they would most want to play with.
The other areas where he excels are his speed and defensive abilities. He can get into the paint whenever he wants and it clearly showed last night. He is also a menace on the defensive end and can easily guard positions one through three if he has to. He is also the best rebounding point guard in the NBA.
As we have already touched upon this off season, if Rondo can continue to improve his outside shot, cementing himself as a top five player in the league will be a guarantee.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team homepage on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18