Is ‘Playoff Rondo’ a Real Thing?


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A young Rondo played a major role on the championship-winning team of the ’07-’08 Boston Celtics. Outside of the big three of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, Rondo was a huge part of earning the Celts their first Championship for 22 years.

In the ’07-’08 season a 21-year-old Rondo averaged 10.6 PPG, 5.1 APG and 4.2 RPG as Boston marched their way to the 1 seed, going 66-16. It is also notable that prior to the post-season Rondo had an assist percentage of 28.2%, this means for every 100 teammate field goals scored while Rondo was on the floor he assisted 28.2 of them.

In the 26 games Rondo played in the ’07-’08 Playoffs he averaged 10.2 PPG, 6.6 APG and 4.1 RPG. His usage would pick up slightly as he averaged 36.3% in assist percentage, an increase of 8.1% on the regular season. His best game of the 2008 Playoffs would come against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of their 7 game dual in the Conference Semifinals. The game would see Rondo score 20 points as he handed out 13 assists.

Not much in terms of improvement from the regular season to the Playoffs here, the only increase can be seen in a slight pick up in assists, this can be put down to improved play or just as easily be put down to concentrated sample size.

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