The Boston Celtics defeated the Chicago Bulls Monday night 101-95 behind a stellar performance from Rajon Rondo. Rondo dominated the Bulls, falling one rebound shy of a triple double, which is usually just another day at the office for the Celtics starting point guard.
The Bulls were obviously without Derrick Rose, but at this point, with how good Rondo is playing, I don’t think having him would have really hindered him too much. Rondo is arguably the best point guard in the game right now and he is threatening to pass John Stockton for second all-time in consecutive games played with at least 10 assists. Magic Johnson holds that record and Rondo would still have quite a handful of games to go to pass Johnson.
Rondo has been the Celtics constant this season and we at Rant Sports have written many times how essential Rondo is to the team this season. That is not to say that he hasn’t been important in past years, but he needs to carry more of the burden this year and he has absolutely done so thus far.
I think Rondo has an excellent shot to finish in the top five in MVP voting once the season comes to a close in late April. Lebron James and Kevin Durant figure to finish as the top two in voting, but after that, it really is anyone’s game. You have to figure Kobe Bryant will also find a way to finish in that group, assuming the Los Angeles Lakers figure out that they are still a pretty good basketball team.
Rondo has been great so far this season and will continue to carry the Celtics as the season carries on.
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