Rondo has entered playoff mode ? pic.twitter.com/jQhzgt2NMU
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 18, 2018
The New Orleans Pelicans shouldn’t be up 2-0 to the No. 3 seed Portland Trailblazers but they are. The New Orleans Pelicans shouldn’t be in the postseason after losing Boogie Cousins to a torn achilles but they are. The New Orleans Pelicans shouldn’t have the best point guard in the NBA, Rajon Rondo but they do.
This team was built around the Twin Towers of DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis dominating opposing teams with size and on paper, they combination of these two big men should work. Boogie can stretch the floor and hit 3-pointers while AD has the handle to put the ball on the floor and take lesser defenders to the basket.
How do you defend two 7-foot tall monsters who can do whatever they want on a basketball court?
Wellll, Portland doesn’t have to solve that problem thanks to Cousins’s unfortunate season-ending injury. Nope, the Blazers have a new problem to solve: Playoff Rondo.
Fun Fact: Rajon Rondo hasn’t lost a playoff game since 2018.
Last season, Rondo led the No. 8 seed, Chicago Bulls, to a wild 2-0 lead against the No. 1 seed Boston Celtics before breaking his thumb and not returning to the series. The playoffs began and all of a sudden Rondo transformed into a different player and he was able to elevate veterans Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade, who appeared to be sleepwalking through the regular season.
Rondo’s ability to control the flow of the game and essentially coach while on the floor is unmatched. He knows exactly where everyone on the court is supposed to be and gets the ball to everyone in the perfect spot, including Anthony Davis, who has yet to play with a great point guard.
Here are more Playoff Rondo Facts, these are his career regular season stats:
10.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 8.5 apg, 1.7 spg, 46.3 FG percent, 60.4 FT percent, 30.9 3PT percent
Anddd here are his career postseason numbers in 98 career playoff games:
14.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 9.2 apg, 1.9 spg, 44.5 FG percent, 64.8 FT percent, 27.4 3PT percent
Also, the emergence of Playoff Rondo elevates Jrue Holliday to the next level. Holliday isn’t a point guard. I don’t understand why he’s been running offenses for so many years but he’s a shooting guard that could be a superstar playing off the ball as we saw in Game 2 as Holliday dropped 32 on Portland’s dome.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 18, 2018
Playoff. Fucking. Rondo.