Rajon Rondo’s big hands have started to make their presence felt of late, propagating perfect passes, a smooth stroke, and a tendency towards theivery.
Tonight’s game against the Magic was a great example of what the Celtics can be. The five starters were in synch throughout the night, with no starter playing less than 36 minutes. Although the final score says it was a 12 point game, anyone who watched the entire 48 minutes knows it wasn’t really that close.
Rajon Rondo has emerged as a stud of late, showing a lethal jump shot off the catch, and tonight he showed that his range is beginning to extend to the three point line, hitting both his attempts from international waters. The continued development of Rondo bodes well for the future of this team and the franchise in general–not only this season but as the Big Three decline with age and even after their departure from Boston. His defense and dribble-drive abilities are already top-notch, and with his shooting rounding into shape he can be the all-around pass-first point guard of any coach’s dreams. He shot five of six from the free throw line tonight, and is shooting 73% (16 of 22) from the line so far in December after a dysmal performance in November (44%, 11 of 25 total).
The other bookend in the starting line-up, Kendrick Perkins, put up a quintessential Perk performance: 6 points, 12 boards, and 38 minutes of solid, physical defense on the league’s preeminent center, Dwight Howard.
In extremely limited minutes the bench contributed only 7 points, but that was no matter given how much time the starters logged. Tony Allen continued to show he’s starting to regain the athleticism and slashing skills that made him one of the most improved players in the league before blowing out his knee last season, a player whose presence is felt the full length of the court.
Overall a nice win tonight for the Celtics in a rough and tumble game as they prepare for their initial test out West starting Wednesday in Sacramento for the first of four games in only five days on the road.