Originally written on Celtics Green ...a boston celtics blog.  |  Last updated 10/6/12

LEXINGTON, KY - JANUARY 22: Rajon Rondo #4 of Kentucky shoots the ball around the reach of Glen Davis #34 of LSU during the game on January 22, 2005 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 89-58. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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Rajon Rondo told me he was more confident in his 3-point shot and had been working hard on it. Form on 3 he just hit looked best it ever had
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) October 5, 2012
How many times over the last few years have we said that if Rondo just had a jumper he would be scary. Well, I think we may just have a scary Rondo on our hands this season. I've said many times over the course of the last few years that I felt that a lot of Rondo's problems were confidence and when he didn't think about his shot, he usually made them but when he stopped to think, he'd miss them, which explained the poor free throw shooting as well.

After Rondo took that three pointer to end the first quarter, Marc Spears sent the above tweet. Having covered the Celtics as the beat writer for a couple of years, he is very familiar with Rondo's shot. The difference in his shot could very well just be that now he has confidence in it. He was just 3 of 9 from the floor yesterday, but most of his misses were on layups and tough scoop shots under the basket. He shot the ball with confidence and his jumpers looked very good. Perhaps the best indication that his confidence in his shot has improved is the fact that he went 6-6 from the free throw line. 

Rondo's confidence has been showing in every area as we have seen him assume a leadership role on the team. He organized a week of practices in LA before Camp began. He has been very vocal and has been thoughtfully answering questions in interviews rather than the one word quips that we heard from him in previous years. He knows he's the leader on this team and he is stepping up to the task.

Rondo could very well have a shot at the MVP award if he truly has gained confidence in his shot. He will be a nightmare for the other teams who have been used to backing off of him and daring him to shoot. He also will not hesitate to drive to the basket because he will no longer be worried about missing the free throws when the inevitable foul comes. A confident Rondo is a scary Rondo because a confident Rondo is going to hit his jumpers and the other teams in the league should be very afraid.

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