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Rajon Rondo continued his double-digit assist streak on Sunday
If you are like me and play way too much NBA 2k, you will quickly learn what color commentator Clark Kellogg’s favorite thing to describe Celtics point-guard Rajon Rondois. At least once a game, the announcers will discuss Rajon Rondo and some of his signature stat-lines that he has had throughout his career. Clark Kellogg will get all excited and then refer to Rajon Rondo as a “stat sheet stuffer SUPREME!” like he is some kind of meal that you can find for eighty-nine cents on a late night Taco Bell menu.
Stat-sheet stuffing carries with it a negative connotation sometimes, often times associated with chasing stats that are undeserved to increase player value. It’s one of the inherent issues with basketball, something that was highlighted almost four years ago by writer Michael Lewis. The main point of his article was this: basketball is the one sport where statistics are the most selfish and players have the most incentive to be selfish in those pursuit in statistics. The analogy is that in a sport like baseball that there is no selfish way to score a run, but a point-guard on a clean fast-break could pass up an easy shot in order to dish it to a teammate for a harder basket and a chance at an assist. This is the basic case of stat-sheet stuffing, creating questionable box-score numbers in order to increase the player’s value.
The current question is whether or not Rajon Rondo is currently participating in this as he chases a record for most consecutive games with double-digit assists. Last night against the Detroit Pistons, Rondo entered the fourth quarter with only six assists. In addition, the Boston Celtics were getting blown out by the Pistons and were outside the realm of a comeback. Instead of resting Rajon Rondo and getting ready for another day to fight, the Celtics pushed for 10 Rondo assists. It almost didn’t work, but Jared Sulllinger hit a jumper in the final minute to secure it. This morning we are wondering whether there is any point to the stat-sheet stuffing that occurred last night with numerous analysts chastising the Celtics actions last night.
The issue with attacking it now is that it has been going on for years with Rondo and the Celtics. There have been numerous times over the years with Rondo where he would get an easy steal, dribble to the basket and wait for a teammate to come by to feed him for the easy dunk. Not only is he passing up an easy basket for a slightly less guaranteed one, but it is a simple case of stuffing the stat sheet. It really is the only selfish and selfless play at the same time, and basketball is unique for it. On one hand, he’s letting a teammate get into the action of the game and getting on the stat sheet, yet he also could just score his self. Basketball is the only sport where this happens, where trying to help the team can be gunning for themselves.
On last night, I would have let the streak end. There are more important things for the Celtics to accomplish then for Rondo to get a streak. Playing their key guys in a blow-out risked something such as injury when they could have just played the other day. Streaks like this mean nothing at the end of the day. They are cool, but winning is the most important thing.
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Rondo picked up his 10th assist with 51 seconds left. Should he have been playing?
The only exciting part about the Celtics meltdown in Motown earlier tonight, was whether or not Rajon Rondo would reach 10 assists for the 34th consecutive regular season game. Rondo had just seven assists to his credit with under five minutes to go before picking up the final three as the Celtics...
After Rajon Rondo stayed on the floor in the final minutes of a blowout loss to the Detroit Pistons, many fans around the league have accused him of stat-padding. This is not the first time we've seen Rondo manufacture stats, such as passing up easy 2 on 0 layups or trying to score in the very last second when a game is over.
I understand the criticism, but at the same time...
Rajon Rondo does things on the court many dream of. He will never win a 3-point contest or run a kids basketball camp on how to shoot correctly, but the man is fun to watch. His recent achievements are historic.
Rondo has his eye on breaking Magic Johnson’s NBA record for consecutive regular-season games with double-digit assists. Johnson respectively had 46 games in row followed...
Rajon Rondo has already extended his double-digit assist streak to 33 games in the first half as the Celtics lead the Raptors 47-42. Rondo had seven assists in the first quarter after making the game-time decision to return as the starting point guard. Rondo, who sprained his right ankle Wednesday night against the Jazz, showed [...]
Celtics 107-89 Raptors What a difference a Rondo makes. After a one game absence with a sprained right ankle, Rajon Rondo returned as the Boston Celtics cruised to victory against the Toronto Raptors. With many of the Celtics’ games so far this season being rather tough battles, Boston were due an easy victory. When they [...]
Asked over and over about what his streak of consecutive games with double-digit assists meant to him, Rajon Rondo came back with the same answer every time.
“It means my teammates are making shots,” he said repeatedly after the Celtics’ win over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday, when he extended his streak to 33 games. And that was that, pretty much.
Rondo’s streak reached...
Before I get into this, allow me to clarify that this post is not being made to criticize Rajon Rondo. My intent is to question the suspect manner in which NBA scorekeepers count assists. In the following video, which has been provided by the NBA’s official Youtube channel, you will see each and every one of the 20 assists Rondo was credited for in Saturday afternoon’s matinee...
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During the waning moment’s of yesterday’s lopsided loss to the Detroit Pistons, Doc Rivers told his team it was obviously going to lose. And then he encouraged his players to help Rajon Rondo in keeping his double-digit assists streak alive. (CSNNE)“Why not? You guys keep talking about it, so I figured give him a shot at it.”“When I called a time-out,” Rivers recalled...
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After every game, we’ll take stock of how each individual performance affects the player’s overall value.
Let’s not sugar coat this sucker. It was pretty bad all the way around. So I’m not going to waste my time running through every single player.
But there were are a couple of bright spots:
KG shot 6 of 9. I don’t know why he didn’t get more shots,...
Boston Celtics (6-4) @ Detroit Pistons (1-9) 7:30 PM EST on CSN/WEEI Celtics Probable Starters PG – Rajon Rondo (13.4 APG + 13.3 PPG) SG – Jason Terry (11.6 PPG + 42.9 3FG%) SF – Paul Pierce (19.9 PPG + 6.2 RPG) PF – Brandon Bass (9.5 PPG) C – Kevin Garnett (15.1 PPG + 7.7 RPG) [...]
The San Antonio Spurs (8-2) will visit the TD Garden tonight as they will face off against the Boston Celtics (6-5) in Boston.
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Jason Terry scored 20 points and Rajon Rondo tied his season high with 20 assists as Boston beat Toronto 107-89 on Saturday.
Paul Pierce added 19 points and six rebounds and Kevin Garnett scored 15 for Boston, which took a 17-point lead in first quarter, then held off several runs by the Raptors before pulling away midway through the second half.
Rookie Jared Sullinger had his...