We've caught some crap recently for various statements. One being the coaching matchup is overrated… yet we're still waiting for Phil Jackson to start out-coaching Doc. Another is that Rajon Rondo needs to be in the Chris Paul/Derron Williams conversation when you're talking about great young NBA point guards.
I'm willing to admit that Rajon doesn't have the same affect on games as those two… but he can dominate in different ways. Last night, he dominated (even though a couple of his assists were generous) and it showed on the scoreboard. He found guys open on the perimeter. He found guys open at the rim. He knifed his way through the Lakers "defense" with ease… passing up his own shots to run through the offense and keep everyone else involved.
While I think the Celtics need him to take more of the shots he passed up last night (especially the layups), the unselfish nature of his game is a beautiful thing to watch. I know there was a recent piece out there that called Rajon Rondo a "combo" guard… but the fact of the matter is that Rajon is what every NBA team dreams about having: a pass-first point guard whose greatest joy on the court is getting all of his teammates involved in a big win.
Rondo-love on this site is nothing new. But his dominance in a game that featured Paul Pierce's knee and Leon Powe's explosion… Rondo-love is very much deserved.
Video of Lakers fans beating the hell out of a Celtics fan… who had the huevos to wear his Paul Pierce jersey into the Staples Center for a special viewing of Game 2.
A Boston-hater finds some solace in a possible Celtics championship: Phil Jackson losing. And someone skeptical of Pierce and his knee injury opens up to the possibility that he's really hurt. Nice to see a lot of people calming down and backing off the ridiculous claims.
And I love Leon as much as anyone… but Mark Jackson deserved to get killed by The JVG for comparing Leon to Dr. J.
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