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Fun day, Sunday for Rondo, Williams

Posted on: March 5, 2012 6:16 pm
By Matt Moore

It's an interesting debate, to be honest. And the answer to the question says a lot about who you are. The question, in reality, is more interesting than the answer, as the answer is impossible. 

The question... in question, so to speak? Which one is better: 

Whose Sunday was better?
Deron Williams (57 points, 16-29 from the field, 4-11 from three-point land, 21-21 from FT line, six rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal, 1 block. Five turnovers. )
Rajon Rondo (18 points, 17 rebounds, 20 assists, 1 steal, 1 block. 7-20 shooting, 4 turnovers.)

Rondo put together the kind of all-around game that very few players can put together. Guys can score points, but they can't score points (even with 20 attempts), and snare that many rebounds, and dish that many assists. Actually there are few that can dish that many assists on their own. Only two players have come close to what Rondo did, Oscar Robertson and Wilt Chamberlain. You know. Those guys. Even against the Knicks who Rondo always manages to slice and dice to pieces couldn't have expected a performance like that. The numbers just leap off the page at you. That kind of production is essentially that of two players. The shooting numbers are bad. But you cannot say anything but that Rondo was the biggest reason the Celtics won in overtime over the Knicks. 

Williams, on the other hand, set the Nets franchise record and the NBA season high for 2012. And, well, he scored a double-nickel-plus-two. Williams was blistering, efficient and unstoppable. He was facing the Bobcats, but then, Kobe's 81 was against a terrible Raptors team. You do what you have to in order to win, and Williams needed to score 57.

So who you got?


Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 2:36 pm

Fun day, Sunday for Rondo, Williams

Rondo was great against the Knicks, he was all over the place and was HUGE in OT; but 7-20 isn't good, and lets not say he was the reason they won, since Paul Pierce went 13-23 for 34 pts and scored 7 straight at the end of regulation, including the tying 3 with 5 seconds left. They would have lost... Still awesome game for Rondo, make that 7 for 20 a 7 for 14 or so and I'll take it, but in this case I gotta go with Deron, 57 points is absurd, 40 in the second half? This guy put on a one man scoring show and still got 6 boards and 7 assists.


Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 2:09 pm

Fun day, Sunday for Rondo, Williams

Rondo could do the same thing? I'm a huge supporter of Rondo, but no, he could not score 57 points. His career high is 32 for a reason. He's not a scorer. 

Of the two performances, Rondo did have the more impressive, but I'm pretty sure that Williams' 57 point performance had the greater impact. I think we all know that when a PG gets 10+ rebounds, they aren't the same as a forward getting 10+, they're the long rebounds and the loose balls off the rim. Its hustle, though. Very commendable.  

Since: Jan 23, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 12:52 pm

Fun day, Sunday for Rondo, Williams

rondo is easily the better one of the 2, who cares its not the first time its 57 points yeah 40 of then where in 2nd half but still rondo could do the same thing but he shares the ball, and picks up some dirty rebounds rondo all the way.

Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 10:55 am

Fun day, Sunday for Rondo, Williams

Normally I would say Rondo. However, Williams had 40 in the 2nd half. That's out of hand.

Since: Feb 1, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 10:46 am

Fun day, Sunday for Rondo, Williams

Although I think Rondo's game was impressive, I have to give the edge to Williams.  Most teams disrespect Rondo's scoring ability so much that they don't even guard him, choosing instead to double team other Celts with a "free safety" approach.  As a result, Rondo is free to roam where he wants, and can't be blocked out when going for rebounds, can get to the basket often (and still miss many layups, as he did toward the end of regulation against the Knicks), and get free looks to find open players for assists.  He is also prone to taking too many chances on defense when guarding quick guards, and ends up allowing dribble penetration on a consistent basis.

Since: Mar 6, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 10:30 am

Fun day, Sunday for Rondo, Williams

Youre not even making a case. Rondo can dish out 21 assist at any given time. How many players have you seen besides Jason Kidd that literally scored 18 points yet dished out 20 assist, 1 block, 1 steal and I'm not done, grabbed 17 rebounds in a game. Bro, that's one heck of a talent in the NBA now a days. 

Talented players can concentrate and could score 40 or more but the fact that youre concentrating on 3 different things (tripple doubles) now thats one heck of multi tasking. CASE CLOSED. 

Since: Jul 14, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:57 am

Fun day, Sunday for Rondo, Williams

@  Deron Williams has gotten 21 assists 2 times in his career, including last April against the TWolves. case reopened.

Since: Jan 14, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:35 am

Fun day, Sunday for Rondo, Williams

Rondos is better because 20 assists AND 15 boards is insane for a 6'PG. D-will,D-rose,and westbrook will never sniff 15 assists.Rondo just got 20 assists.Best true PG since Magic Johnson. I rest my case there...

Since: Feb 28, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 3:57 am
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