|Posted by B-PAUL on November 12, 2009 at 12:53 AM|
Mo Williams... Check. Derrick Rose... Check. Chris Paul... Check. Deron Williams... Check. These are some of the greatest point guards in the NBA. What do they have in common? Getting beat by Rajon Rondo and the Boston Celtics. Deron Williams was added to that list tonight after getting put into the lineup unexpectedly. It was believed that Williams was going to take the night off because of back spasms. Around game time things changed. Because of the quality of the team they were up against, Jerry Sloan put Williams in the starting lineup for tonights game.
With Williams in the lineup, Rajon Rondo knew he was in for another great point guard battle. And guess what? He didn't dissapoint. Rondo clearly outplayed Williams tonight on both ends of the floor, using his speed and basketball IQ to make some very impressive plays. I was at the game tonight and witnessed live, the speed that this kid has. It is unreal- look no further than the video above for proof (I am behind the basket in the black at the :21 mark). The three day rest definetly rejuvinated Rondo, as he was spot on tonight. He totaled 14 points and 11 assists to finish the game. He also fought to work through screens and stay with a VERY fast Deron Williams, who did get by him two or three times throughout the night.
Many people will argue that D-Will was not 100%, but being at the game and seeing him run up and down the floor at the speed he was going tells me he was fine. If he was not fine to play and be productive then they would not have put him into the starting lineup. I'm not trying to take anything away from D-Will, espically after seeing him play live, but tonight he got outplayed by Rondo.
If Rondo can play like this every night I might have to take back my prediciton that he will not be an all-star. Matching up against these heavyweights and coming out on top has to be noticed by the voters, and coaches, that decide the all-star team. I know he is locked in as a vote on my ballot, but performances like these will also make him a lock on many other ballots. I want to end this post by saying thank you Danny for resigning this kid. He is the future of the Celtics, and I hope to see more of what I saw tonight during the next five years.