Is ‘Playoff Rondo’ a Real Thing?


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The 2011-’12 season would see Boston finish with a record of 39-27 as the league suffered from a lockout-shortened schedule, only playing 66 games in total. Rondo finished the December to April season with averages of 11.9 PPG, 11.7 APG and 4.8 RPG. The assist percentage would continue to climb, reaching his regular-season peak of 52.5%.

The following playoff run would see by far Rondo’s greatest post-season performance. Posting an average of 17.3 PPG, 11.9 APG, 6.7 RPG and 2.4 SPG, Rondo led the team in Box Plus/Minus and VORP as they lost in 7 games in the Conference Finals to the Heat. His already impressive assist percentage rose some more as he finished the 19 games with 54%. His best game would come against the Heat in Game 2 as he scored a career-high of 44 points to go along with 10 assists and 8 rebounds as the Celtics lost in overtime.

Yet another example of ‘Playoff Rondo’, the pass-first Point Guard definitely stepped his game up for the 2012 Playoffs. Scoring his career-high in points and assist averages, Rondo was the main player in taking the aging Celtics to the Eastern Finals.

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