Rajon “Mr. Triple Double” Rondo does it again
In Game 1 of the Celtics second round matchup against Jodie “Why have my minutes been cut by 90%” Meeks, Rajon Rondo did something that has become the norm with him nowadays, he got another NBA playoff triple-double. He did it by scoring 13 points, dishing out 17 assists and recording 12 rebounds (he also had 4 steals). His impressive performance down the stretch, where he hit crucial jump shots late in the fourth quarter, along with Kevin Garnett’s 29 points, helped propel the Celtics to the 92-91 win over the 76ers.
Of course, the 76ers probably could have won the game had they given Jodie Meeks more opportunities to play. Meeks played just 6 minutes, scoring only 3 points.
Rajon “Mr. Triple Double” Rondo
Rondo now has 8 career playoff triple-doubles. Since Rondo entered the league 6 years ago, no other player has recorded more triple-doubles during the NBA playoffs than him.
Rondo is now tied with Oscar Robertson for 5th all-time in career triple-doubles in NBA playoff history, and trails only Wilt Chamberlain (9), Larry Bird (10), Jason Kidd (11) and Magic Johnson (30).
When the bright lights come on, Rondo comes to play (his legs don’t shake either).
Meek Minutes for Meeks
Ever since Jodie gave up 11 points to Richard Hamilton in the first 7 minutes of the first quarter of the first game against the Bulls (a game he started) he has barely even seen the court.
In 7 playoff games this season, Meeks is averaging just 5.3 minutes per game and hasn’t played more than 8 minutes in a game since Game 1 against the Bulls.
During last year’s NBA playoffs, Meeks averaged 25 minutes per game in 5 games, scoring 7.8 points per game while hitting 44% from three. During this year’s NBA playoffs he’s averaging less than 1 point a game.
While some suggested the Meeks playing time would be increased for the Celtics series, through one game, that doesn’t appear to be the case. Sixers head coach Doug Collins has hinted that Meeks would be playing more minutes going back to Game 6 against the Bulls, but so far has proved to be nothing more than a liar that I used to like.