Last spring Rajon Rondo was a triple double machine. I’m honestly kind of surprised it took him 19 games to get one this season. His 16 points, 13 rebounds, 14 assists, 3 steals, and 3 blocks last night has only been matched in each category twice in NBA history (since the league started keeping track of blocks and steals in 1973). Larry Bird did it in 1982, and Magic Johnson in 1983. That’s it; nobody else has put up those numbers in almost thirty years. It’s also the second occasion in the past 9 months that Rondo has posted a stat line which ranks among the all-time 3 best of it’s kind.
Yesterday was Rondo’s 10th regular season triple double of the last three seasons, more than the next two players on the list combined (Lebron 5, Andre Iguodala 4). Including the playoffs, Rondo now has 24 triple doubles in his career. His averages in those 24 games are pretty ridiculous: 17.4 PTS, 11.8 REB, and 15.1 AST. He’s also recorded at least 20 assists as part of a triple double