It’s difficult to fathom 24 assists. When you need a third hand just to count an assist total on your fingers, that’s an awesome game. When you need a fifth hand, that’s utterly ridiculous. Two separate times during my post-graduate year at prep school, I tallied 13 assists. After both those games I thought I was the man. I spent the next few days strutting around campus thinking my shit don’t stink. (“I just had 13 assists, Mrs. Science Teacher. I don’t need to do my flipping homework!”)
Rondo almost doubled my assist total from those two glorious days. According to Red’s Army contributor MrTrpleDouble10, Rondo totaled at least as many assists as 21 of the other 23 teams that played last night. (Yes, teams.) He put himself in the historical company of Magic Johnson, Isiah Thomas, John Stockton and Bob Cousy. (Not a bad list to be on, huh?) And he somehow found enough time to notch a triple-double. (Not too shabby.)
It’s time to stop calling Rajon Rondo one of the NBA’s best point guards. He’s more than that. He’s one of the league’s best players, period. He was already the best player on a team that came within six minutes of a championship, and now he’s even better.
24 assists. It’s just not fair. Now if he can just limit those turnovers…