Given the choice between starting a team with Rajon Rondo or Steve Nash at point guard, the choice these days isn’t quite so obvious. Nash is the two-time MVP, but if you’re looking for a player who has quickness, playmaking ability, and uncanny defensive skills, and who happens to be 22 years old, Rondo would be your man.
Rondo (23 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals) downplayed his matchup with one of the league’s best.
“It doesn’t really [matter],” Rondo said after the game. “I just try to get better every game. I try to stay as consistent as possible because there are a lot of ups and downs in the NBA. I had a good night tonight scoring the ball, but it’s all about the win.”
Rondo’s teammates do a good job reminding him that one game does not an All-Star make.
“I think Paul [Pierce] said it to him best,” Kevin Garnett said after the game. “He said, ‘You know Rajon, it’s not just when you’re playing Steve Nash. It’s night in and night out.’ Consistency is the one thing you preach to him. He goes hard, he works at his craft, and that’s why we respect him the way we do.”
Said coach Doc Rivers, “We just felt that speed was our advantage [against Nash tonight], and Rondo did it.”
Rondo isn’t yet at the level where other point guards talk about him as a big-time matchup. He still needs to keep adding to his game.
“It would be nice if he had Nash’s jump shot,” said Rivers.