|Posted by shawn cassidy on September 23, 2013 at 5:15 AM|
Words and music. You can have one without the other, but sometimes having them both together makes for better music. The setting sun sinks in the sea while the water gently brushes my feet on the shore. These are the moments in which I get clarity. I also think of regrets, or miss opportunities, and great times in my life. On this trip It felt like a random shock though my brain. I thought about Rondo's greatest moments. One era that was short lived was Shaq and Rondo.
This brings me back to words and music. You can have one without the other, and you can make great music without lyrics. Miles Davis, Mozart, and Ravi Shankar to name a few. But sometimes having both makes something more personal. Rondo had his lyrics, and now he's Miles Davis with a basketball. He could've had his connection like Lennon and McCartney, or Elton John and Bernie Taupin, and Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. He's left without lyrics.
Shaq brought out the best in Rondo, or Rondo brought out the best in Shaq at the young age of 39 at the time. Rondo had rejuvenated Shaq's career. While Shaq was apart of Rondo's record breaking start in 2010-11.
It's been 16 years since a Celtics player (Sherman Douglas) went off for at least 17 points, 15 assists, 8 rebounds and 3 steals in a game as Rajon Rondo did on Wednesday in Boston's overtime win against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Yet, that performance was primarily relegated to the closing paragraphs of game recaps and highlight afterthoughts. In this case, its placement can be explained by Paul Pierce's 20,000th point rightfully taking center stage. Yet, it underscores the ridiculously high precedent that Rondo has set for himself. He is spoiling us all. After all, that box score-filling performance was his least impressive in the past week.
Last Friday against the Knicks, Rondo turned in one of the most remarkable triple-doubles in NBA history. His 24 assists tied Isiah Thomas' 1985 record for most in a triple-double (though Thomas needed two overtimes to pull off his total). Rondo's 24 assists were also the second most in Boston Celtics history. It was more than 50 years ago that Bob Cousy handed out 28 against the Minneapolis Lakers in 1959. Since then, Tiny Archibald's 23 assists in 1982 came closest.
Most Assists in a Triple-Double --All-Time
>>Source: Elias Sports Bureau
Player, team Assists Date Rajon Rondo, BOS 24 Oct. 29, 2010 Isaiah Thomas, DET 24 Feb. 7, 1985 Fat Lever, DEN 23 April 21, 1989 Jamaal Tinsley, IND 23 Nov. 22, 2001 Oscar Robertson, CIN 22 Oct. 29, 1961
Rondo followed up that gem with another statistical marvel on Tuesday. His brilliance against the Knicks was slightly marred by seven turnovers. As if trying to negate that, Rondo had 17 assists and zero turnovers against Detroit. It marked the most assists without a turnover since Steve Nash had 18 in 2007. The last Celtics player to even approach that total was Antoine Walker, who had 14 assists without a turnover in 2002.
Together Rondo's first five games are almost hard to comprehend. He's averaging 16.4 assists per game, more than the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Oklahoma City Thunder averaged as a team entering Thursday. In the second half alone, Rondo's averaging 9.2 apg. That would rank behind the full-game averages of three players: Jason Kidd, John Wall and Deron Williams. If Rondo only played the third quarter, his 5.2 apg would still lead six teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers.
The result is an early assault on John Stockton's place in the record books.
Through five games, Rondo's 82 assists broke the record set by Magic Johnson in 1988-89 and matched by Stockton a year later. Rondo had previously tied Stockton's record for assists through three games and exceeded the mark through four.
Most Assists Through 5 Games -- NBA History
Player, team Assists Season Rajon Rondo, BOS 82 2010-11 John Stockton, UTAH 81 1989-90 Magic Johnson, LAL 81 1988-89 John Stockton, UTAH 76 1991-92 Magic Johnson, LAL 75 1990-91>>Source: Elias Sports Bureau