It took seven games for Rajon Rondo to capture his first victory since returning from a torn ACL injury. Rondo converted 9 of 11 field goal attempts, handed out 10 assists, grabbed 6 rebounds and had a hand in 3 steals. His points (19) and assists are both season highs, while ending a four game losing streak in the process.
He certainly looked as if he hit his stride. That’s good to a degree.
Rondo has hinted that free agency is not beyond his scope of thinking. Is he trying to inform the rest of the League that this the kind of play that they can expect from him if he decided to jump into the free agent pool? Whether or not he is flirting with the market remains to be seen in the coming months.
But his performance against the Magic is still worth taking note of because after an injury such as the one he suffered, the question that is asked is can he still play at the same level he once did. Can he still lead a team and prove to be that X-factor for a contender somewhere in the League?
Rondo has somewhat groomed a young Phil Pressey to take the reins in Beantown with his play of late. Pressey hasn’t been able to transition to the starting line-up that has been changed some 14 times this season, but his minutes will increase.
Danny Ainge has clearly shown that he is rebuilding the Celtics from the ground up and anyone is available. The Celtics are going to get better if Rondo stays or not, so it comes down to whether (Rondo) wants to stick around and see if this team will win soon or will he hear more trade rumors before they win (a championship).
So it’s not a question of: Is Rondo back? Rather, is he going to stay.