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Monday, November 19th, 2012 at 9:10 am  |  28 responses

Rajon Rondo Continues to Chase Assist Record Even in Losses


There’s a relentless obsession to Rajon Rondo’s chase of double-figure assist games. The Boston Celtics’ point guard is solely focused on the mark, and so is head coach Doc Rivers, who put Rondo back in a blowout loss to the Detroit Pistons last night so that he could rack up more assists. Per the Boston Herald: “Rajon Rondo recorded his 34th consecutive game with double-figure assists last night, and if he goes on to pass John Stockton (37) and Magic Johnson (46) on the all-time streak list, Celtics coach Doc Rivers should get an assist. Rivers left Rondo on the floor late in the C’s 103-83 blowout loss to the Detroit Pistons, allowing him to get four fourth-quarter dishes — all to Jared Sullinger, with the 10th and last coming with just 51.3 seconds to go. ‘Yeah, why not?’ said Rivers, acknowledging that he kept Rondo, who had missed Thursday’s loss in Brooklyn with a twisted ankle, out there for a reason. ‘You guys keep talking about it, so I figured I’d give him a shot at it. It’s funny; the harder we tried, the worse we got at that. When I called a timeout (with 1:38 left), I said, ‘Guys, we’re going to lose the game, by the way. Let’s not play crazy, but if we can get him (one) more, let’s do it. And if not, that’s it.’ First time we’ve done that.’ Rondo appreciated the gesture. ‘It’s good to have a coach that has your back like that,’ he said. [...] ‘I don’t know,’ said Rondo. ‘I’ll look back on it one day and realize what I’m doing, but obviously I’m upset about the loss. The streak’s alive, but it is what it is. I don’t think much about it. Like I said, I’ll look back one day and realize what I’ve done. I didn’t really watch it when Stockton (had his run in 1989), and I don’t think I was born when Magic … no, I’m just playing. I was born, but I was 4 or 5 years old maybe. It’s been a long time since this type of streak has happened, so it’s a great honor and it’s a credit to my teammates.’ (Actually, Johnson’s run in 1984 did come two years before Rondo’s birth.) As for staying out just to go for the streak last night, he said, ‘You don’t know what happened when Stockton got his. You don’t know if he stayed in the game and they were up 30 or down 30.’”

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  • Rainman

    He’s reaching…

  • MUBWAR

    when that’s the only thing you can do on the floor, go for it. still can’t shoot or score more than 12 points after 7 seasons. playing the passing lanes doesn’t mean you’re a great defender either. im not hating Celtic fans, just telling y’all that rondo won’t take you to the next level

  • Kadavour

    everyone stat pads. nothing to see here.

  • actionslksn

    I’m a Rondo fan but who really cares about those streaks other than stat geeks? Your season avg will be great regardless.

  • spit hot fiyah

    he should pass of him self on the backboard if he has a break away, shout out to ricky davis

  • WEDOIT

    OH, pay no mind to that ring he has……and have watched him in the playoffs at all? His scoring number go up to like 16 a game,

  • T-Money

    weak. sounds weird but rondo is almost a selfish passer, in the sense that he’ll try to get an assist even when it isn’t the correct basketball play. i’ve seen him force passes back to a trailer on the break when the lane was open to him so many times. and what’s up with taking 7 shots with no free throws in a game where your team can’t throw it in the ocean? give me cp3 all day, he makes the right basketball play on each possession – scoring or dishing.

  • KipSmithers

    In an odd way, the team may bond because of this.

  • Redd

    Trying to get in the history books, but you’re still not the best PG in the L.

  • isiahone1

    This is one of the many reasons I hate rondo

  • Junior Taylor

    This is the exact same thing when players go after scoring or rebounding records. Everyone labels them selfish but since Rondo is after what looks and sounds like an unselfish record, no one dares criticize him for what is basically “chasing stats”

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    Only Boston homers and people stuck on the idea of being a “pure point guard” don’t recognize this truth. The best point guard were also scoring threats. Look at history.

  • Comment_System

    THAT’S the Rondo-hating slam I know and love.

  • Johnny

    This is an absolute joke, and everybody including Boston fans know it. If it were an opposing player trying this garbage, Boston fans would talk about how their team is about titles, and other teams are about stat chasing. If it were a Laker doing it, I don’t think we could stop the curse words when it came to the message boards. C’mon Rondo and Doc, don’t turn this into a circus, If you are down by 20 and he’s 4 assists short, big deal, start a new streak, he doesn’t deserve it. You forced it, and if he gets hurt trying this garbage, you asked for it.

  • Johnny

    Rondo is a “me” guy, and it’s not weird to say he’s a selfish passer. A true star would have said “no thanks” to staying in a blowout to pad stats. Some people like to make teammates better, some like to make stats better, and we know for sure which side Rondo falls on now.

  • Johnny

    If any Boston fan ever accuses an opposing player about being out for himself before the team, they are the definition of a hypocrite. As much as I despise Boston, I have always had respect for the Boston way. Not now, they went from workman-like to glam.

  • Ugh

    I don’t think anybody was guarding Magic’s jumpshot any more than they guard Rondo’s.

  • Ugh

    Nobody who is commenting on this article, or anywhere else on the internet is doing anything but criticising him as being selfish. Saying nobody dares to do so is rubbish, and is about you making yourself sound like a Rebellious and Daring Truthsayer, but actually you’re just going along with the rest of the crowd. Get your hand off it.

  • wiz

    huh! r u sure?

  • Bored

    he was still a scoring threat

  • Bored

    pretty sure Rondo wasnt the guy who took the celtics to the next level the year they won their ring.

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    Yeah but he posted up every player who ever guarded him. 22 points a game with 12 assists and 7 boards. He averaged 19 for his career. I did t say you had to be a great shooter but you need to be a threat.

  • Ugh

    Rondo’s shooting isn’t great, but I don’t think that’s what makes his behaviour selfish.

    Now you bring it up, it’s interesting to compare Magic in 88-89 and Rondo last year in the context of their teams.They’re both the third options – Magic taking 15(!) shots per game and hitting 50%, Rondo taking 10 but hitting 45%. I’m willing to excuse Rondo’s 45% – but his FT% is much more of a problem in making him a scoring threat. Magic was taking more than 7FT a game and hitting 91%, which is Kevin Martin-esque.

    The real problem of Rondo’s game in terms of selfishness, though, can be seen in his *teammate’s* stats. Both Rondo and Magic dominate the ball a lot and they get their assists, but the Celtics are awful at hitting their shots. Watching him play and looking at the stats it becomes clear that he moves the ball very precisely – but that his judgement of where and when a player should get it isn’t actually very good. Magic, on the other hand, is willing to throw a much riskier pass (4TOs per game!), but to get the ball where and when his teammates need it to make the shot – and it shows in the Laker’s FG%. Rondo is being selfish, but it’s not because he’s chasing a number – it’s because he’s not very interested in getting the ball to the players where they need it, just in getting it to them.

  • Telcontar

    he was 6’9″
    thats like lebron playing point(which he does), and of course he got 7 boards, he was 6’9″

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    Brook Lopez is seven feet tall and he didn’t get seven rebounds a game. Rasheed Wallace has had the same issue. I hate when people say “Oh Magic was tall, getting rebounds was easy for him.” No it wasn’t. He worked hard to get his points, rebounds and assists. Magic’s height was both a benefit and a weakness depending on the situation. He made it a benefit more often than not. The main point was that it’s quite possible to be a great assist man AND a threat as a scorer, and in fact all of the greatest point guards of all-time were scoring threats.

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    Rondo passes up shots to pass. That’s my only problem with his decision making. A point guard has to know how to balance passing and scoring. Leaning too far in either direction can be a problem. Rondo is a great player who just needs to be more aggressive and consistent as a scorer.

  • BostonBaller

    Hate is hate regardless of the player or team

  • BostonBaller

    I’ve never liked record chasing but I don’t kill players for doing so either. My only beef with some so called fans is that they say Rondo isn’t a good player and that he will not take The C’s to the next level. Been there done that. Oh yeah, he was surrounded by future HOFers. Magic was too, Zeke had some pretty good scorers with him also, Stock had Karl, CP3 can get 5 assists a night by just tossing it NEAR the rim –com on man…I could go on but why beat a dead fan. I’m a true hoops fan (not a homer) but I have to disagree with the strong negativity.

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