Rajon Rondo missed the first round of the playoffs against the Portland Trail Blazers due to an injury; he rejoined the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round against the Houston Rockets.
During the season, Rondo appeared in 43 games and averaged 7.1 points and 5.0 assists per game. But it’s in the playoffs when Rondo comes alive. This year, in 10 postseason games, Rondo is averaging 9.1 points, 7.2 assists, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.6 steals per game. Also, Rondo shot 50% from the field and 44.8% from beyond the arc.
Rajon Rondo lives up the name “Playoff Rondo”; it is in the playoffs where Rondo comes alive. He makes clutch passes, weather its no-look or just a necessary pass; he hits clutch three’s and comes down with crucial rebounds.
Rondo is one of the Lakers leaders, and his high basketball IQ is helpful for the Lakers. He also gives the Lakers another ball-handler so LeBron James can rest and play off the ball some. Rondo watches a lot of film and understands what the opposing team will try to do and how to attack them.
With James and Rondo on the team, you got two players with very high basketball IQ. Along with Jason Kidd on the coaching staff, a Hall of Fame point guard with basketball IQ. Rob Pelinka was on a radio show on Monday, was talking about how they Lakers film sessions are very vocal, with all the players chiming and talking about ways to go about things on the court.
As many years as Rondo and James have played, it is not much they have not seen. It is nothing the Miami Heat can do that will surprise them, and if it is, Rondo and James will go to film study and figure it out. The Lakers will need more Playoff Rondo to win the championship.