Rajon Rondo has built his legacy in the playoffs. He was 12 minutes away from leading the Boston Celtics to a second banner in three years, and their 18th overall. Rondo is the ultimate competitor, and the playoffs bring out the best in him. Rondo almost led the Celtics past the Heat in 2012, after suffering a dislocated elbow the year before, ending the Celtics hopes to redeem their 2010 loss in the Finals.
Rondo's number was called when Boston entered the 2009 playoffs without Kevin Garnett. During the 2008 season, and in the playoffs Rondo had some great moments. Rondo was crucial for Boston in their 39-point win over the Lakers in Boston's game clinching win. Rondo's playoff legend began in 2009, when Boston squared off against the Chicago Bulls.
If your reading this, your likely a Boston Celtics fan. I know all of us are missing the C's out there in the playoffs. The everyday NBA fan will be missing him as well.
During Rondo’s most recent playoff series – the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals – he averaged 20.9/11.9/6.9; posted a monster 44-point, 10-assist, eight-rebound Game 2; finished Game 7 (a loss) with 22 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds; and used one halftime interview to berate the Heat for crying about fouls instead of getting back on defense. When asked about the comment later, he began, “What I said was true.”
Looking back at the run by Boston. It hurts just as much as the 2010 Finals loss. That run was unlikely, just like 2010's, but it had a different feel. It was an older Rondo in Boston's 2012 run, a player who was so sure of himself, and sadly the wheels feel off of his older teammates in game seven. They couldn't hang with Rondo no longer. Which was evident during the first 40 games of the 2012-13 season.