Rajon Rondo finished one rebound shy of the first postseason triple-double by a Chicago Bulls player since Scottie Pippen in 1997. But even without that 10th rebound, Rondo carried the Bulls to a 111-97 Game 2 road victory over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday.
Rondo like Mike
Rondo is the second player in Bulls history to put up 10 assists and five steals in a postseason game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The other? None other than Michael Jordan.
This was the third time in Rondo’s postseason career he has had at least 10 points, 10 assists, 5 rebounds and 5 steals. Since steals became an official statistic in 1973-74, the only players with three such games are Rondo and Jordan.
Rondo finished with 14 assists, tying a Bulls franchise record for a postseason game, a record shared by several players, including Jordan.
Bulls’ offense ran through Rondo
The Bulls’ offense executed best when Rondo was creating, both for himself and for his teammates. The Bulls shot 58 percent when the shot was created by Rondo in Game 2. They shot 47 percent on all other shots.
The Bulls scored 32 points off Rondo’s assists, the most points off assists by any Bulls player in franchise postseason history. Overall, the Bulls attempted 22 field goals directly off Rondo passes, and eight of his 14 assists were on open looks.
Out of the eight Bulls players to make a shot other than Rondo, seven made at least one shot off a Rondo assist.
Odds and ends
Rondo finished one rebound shy of his 11th career postseason triple-double, which would have tied Jason Kidd for third most all time.
Rondo played 40 minutes for only the second time in 2016-17. His five steals were the most he has had in a game all season.
He also has been effective on the defensive end this series. When Rondo has been the primary defender, the Bulls are 2-for-7 shooting for 10 points with four turnovers.