Rajon Rondo & Social Facilitation

The morning after watching the Celtics demolish Miami this past Sunday – a game in which Rajon Rondo absolutely lit up the Heat for 16 points, 14 assists, and 11 rebounds en route to triple-double number five of the season (“not two, not three, not four…”) – I knew that Boston sports radio would be, inevitably, filled with intelligent and passionate “Rondo only tries on national TV” talk. And for good reason. In his five seasons in the NBA, Rondo has chalked up a massive 19 triple-doubles, 14 of which have come during nationally televised games. But, instead of jumping to conclusions and hopping on the bandwagon, I decided to check the statistics myself and see whether or not the “Rondo on national TV” angle has any merit to it. This season, Rondo has played in fifteen nationally televised games. In these fifteen games, Rondo accumulated three triple-doubles and averaged 17 points, 12 assists, and 6.5 rebounds per-game. That’s better than both his career regular season averages (10.7 points, 7.6 assists, and 4.4 rebounds per-game) and his career playoff averages (12.6 points, 7.7 assists, and 6.1 rebounds per-game).  Read more of this post

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