Pelicans Talk: Can Rajon Rondo build on solid game versus the Nets

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Rajon Rondo
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Rajon Rondo /

Pelicans point guard Rajon Rondo recorded his 2nd triple-double of the season last night against the Brooklyn Nets. Can he keep the momentum going?

The Pelicans outlasted the Brooklyn Nets in a hard-fought double-overtime win last night. The first stat that jumps out at you is Anthony Davis playing for 50 minutes. Finishing the game with 44 points and 17 rebounds is a noteworthy accomplishment for Davis and the Pelicans.

Getting the win was the biggest story for the Pelicans. They were just 1-5 since the DeMarcus Cousins injury before that game. Prior the road trip on Friday, the narrative from the Pelicans was DeAndre Liggins taking the place of Rajon Rondo in the starting lineup.

Liggins did not perform well in his new role. He was a -14 against the 76ers and a -8 against the Nets. Rondo is still playing more minutes than Liggins. Playing 25 minutes against the 76ers and 42 against the Nets, it appears as if Rondo is still the best bet for the starting point guard position.

Rondo is showing the Pelicans with action that he doesn’t want to come off the bench. Scoring his first 20 point game of the season and his second triple-double with the Pelicans, Rondo brought energy and leadership to the table against the Nets. Clearly, this was one of Rondo’s best games of the season.

The biggest question is can he keep it going?

Can Rondo average a double-double on a nightly basis? History tells us he can’t, in fact, the last time Rondo averaged a double-double was in Sacramento during the 2015-16 season.

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Many people will not put Rondo in their top 10 NBA guards conversation. He’s never averaged more than 11 points a game. He has a championship ring, but with the Celtics and the big three. Since his departure from Boston, Rondo is continuously struggling to find the right team and the right place for him.

Playing for Dallas, Sacramento, and Chicago following his stint at Boston, most wouldn’t expect for Rondo to reemerge as a true floor general that he was known for. However, throughout the season with the Pelicans, he has shown small glimpses that he can still play.

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The window to the playoffs hasn’t completely closed on the Pelicans this season. Rondo is the piece of the puzzle that can lead the Pelicans into the playoffs this season.