A legendary performance
Despite Rondo’s penchant for shining on the national stage (at least 17 of his 23 career triple-doubles have come in games on national TV) no game better displayed his all-around skills than Game 2 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals vs. the Heat. Although the Celtics lost in overtime, Rondo was the brightest star on a court filled with elite players, including LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce.
“He put the whole team on his shoulders,” said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. “It’s tough to have him play that way and not win the game, because he did everything right.”
Rondo played all 48 minutes in regulation and all five minutes of OT, adding 10 rebounds and 8 assists to go along with his 44 points. He scored all 12 of the Celtics’ points in overtime.
After the game, guard Ray Allen was asked if the championship experience of the Celtics’ veterans had rubbed off on Rondo. He flipped the question.
“We feed off what he’s doing now,” said Allen.