The Boston Celtics defeated the Orlando Magic Sunday, but the real story was Rajon Rondo‘s impact on the game. Since Rondo returned in mid-January, the team had been 0-6 with him on the floor and have produced several paltry performances, but today was a step in the right direction. In Sunday’s game against the Magic, Rondo recorded his first double-double since he returned from injury and will now look to build off his impressive performance.
Rondo scored 19 points and recorded 10 assists in the 96-89 win over the Magic in just 27 minutes. This marks only the second time the elusive guard has scored in double digits since his return. Jared Sullinger was also a big contributor in the win with 21 points and 12 rebounds. The team shot 50 percent from the floor and rebounded nicely in the win that buoyed the spirits of the city, but can the Celtics be serious championship contenders in the years to come?
Rondo finally looks like the spry guard the city of Boston became accustomed to over his career and will look to have continued success the rest of the season. Rondo can be the guy that leads the team to a championship in the future if the front office gives him that chance, but the rumored trades circulating around will only upset the temperamental guard. The nucleus of a championship contender is already in place in Boston, so the front office should not be so keen on disbanding the current roster.
If the Celtics keep the core of the current roster intact and build around it, the team will be at the top of the heap once again in the near future, with Rondo leading the way.
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