Rajon Rondo didn’t have the immediate impact many fans hoped for in Dallas. But if history is a guide, Rondo should start to grow into his blues as the playoffs proceed. Rondo was built for the playoffs, when things lock down a little bit and versatility commands a higher premium. As Doc Rivers said when Rondo and new coach Rick Carlisle didn’t see eye to eye soon after the trade: “They’ll figure it out. Rick Carlisle has proven he’s a championship coach, Rondo has proven he’s a championship point guard.” Championship point guards–there are only a few in the league.
Rondo’s rebounding, length and disruptive defense–along with his creativity offensively–have more impact during the playoffs. Rondo’s rebounding prowess will be especially helpful against Houston difficult frontline. Rondo’s playoff shooting also often exceeds his regular season performance, the opposite of Rockets superstar James Harden historically. He’ll need to make his free throws, though, something Harden nearly always does and that Rondo has struggled with.