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Rajon Rondo | Guard | #9

Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (32) / 2/22/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 186
College: Kentucky
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (21) / PHO
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Rajon Rondo, or should we say, Playoff Rondo, came through with 16 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and two 3-pointers on 6-of-11 shooting in 39 minutes of Tuesday's Game 2 win over the Blazers.
Rondo swished a dagger 3-pointer from the corner to cap a 9-0 run and gave the Pelicans a 108-100 lead with 39 seconds left that sealed the win. The Pels finished on a 12-2 run and won by a final score of 111-102, stealing two games in Portland to take a 2-0 lead in the series. Rondo and Jrue Holiday have it out for Damian Lillard, and Lillard has yet to come up with an answer for them on either end of the floor. Rondo had six points, eight boards and 17 dimes in Game 1, and is now averaging 11 points, 9.0 rebounds and 13.0 assists in the series, and he'll look to keep it going on Thursday for Game 3 in New Orleans. Apr 18 - 1:36 AM

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Nikola Mirotic called Rajon Rondo a "huge piece" in explaining why the Pelicans won Game 1 vs. the Blazers in Portland.

Anthony Davis also praised Rondo, saying he was in a "different mindset" to start the opening round of the playoffs. Rondo finished with 17 assists, but it was his communication on defense that prompted the praise from Mirotic. "Defensively, he was talking to our guys all game," Mirotic said. "Every time he knew what [Portland] was running, so he was telling us, ‘Here comes the pindown. Now it’s a flare [screen].’ He was a huge piece. That’s why we won this game." Rondo played 39.5 minutes in the New Orleans victory, and we'd expect him to continue logging heavy minutes as the postseason progresses.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 15 - 2:48 PM

Rajon Rondo scored six points with eight rebounds, 17 assists and one steal in 39 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

That ties the franchise record for most dimes in the postseason (Chris Paul). Rondo continues to play extremely well next to Anthony Davis and now we get the Playoff Rondo version. He'll likely get to 10 assists in every game during this series as he defends Evan Turner on the other end.
Apr 15 - 1:06 AM

Rajon Rondo scored 12 points with 17 assists, four boards, two steals and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

He put on a passing clinic as the Warriors were in several mismatches on defense today. Rondo should be looking at big minutes to close the year with Ian Clark (ankle) likely out for the regular season.
Apr 7 - 11:07 PM

Rajon Rondo scored two points with seven rebounds, 13 assists and two turnovers in 28 minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

If Ian Clark (ankle) is going to miss time, Rondo is going to get a few more minutes as the lone PG because Jrue Holiday would likely be staggered away from him a bit. The Pelicans have just a 1.0-game lead over the Nuggets for the No. 8 spot, so Rondo may not get rested again.
Apr 4 - 10:51 PM

Rajon Rondo (wrist) scored 11 points with nine assists, eight rebounds and a steal across 34 minutes, but he also had six turnovers.

Head coach Alvin Gentry said Rondo is still battling soreness in his wrist, but he would not play with any restrictions. That was evident, as he was tied for the second-most minutes on the team. But he turned the ball over a team-high six times, too, and head coach Alvin Gentry blamed the team's loss on the 21 turnovers and dearth of ball movement.
Apr 1 - 9:55 PM

Rajon Rondo (wrist) returned to action on Friday vs. the Cavaliers with seven points, eight assists and one rebound in 25 minutes.

It wasn't his best game, but he’s been a different player since the beginning of February and was playing really well before missing two games with his wrist injury. He had March averages of 10.5 points, 9.2 assists, 4.7 rebounds, 1.6 steals, 0.6 triples and 2.2 turnovers prior to Friday and has been a top-60 player in 9-category leagues during that span. The Pelicans have six games left and are still jostling for playoff seeding, so they don’t have the luxury of resting Rondo at the moment.
Mar 30 - 11:00 PM

Rajon Rondo (wrist) will play on Friday night against the Cavs.

First off, props to ESPN's NFL reporter Adam Schefter for getting this news. Secondly, Rondo went through his warmups and he'll be back after missing the last two games. He should have a shot at a lot of assists against the Cavs defense today.
Mar 30 - 7:08 PM

Rajon Rondo (wrist) is a game-time call vs. the Cavaliers on Friday.

Coach Alvin Gentry didn't have a real update and said his status was unclear. Rondo will test his hand in warmups and that's when a final decision will be made. Ian Clark started in his absence on Tuesday, but was very disappointing with eight points and two assists in 29 minutes. Expect another monster game from Jrue Holiday if Rondo sits after his triple-double on Tuesday.
Mar 29 - 1:41 PM

Rajon Rondo (wrist) has been ruled out of Tuesday's game vs. Portland.

Rondo did not play Saturday due to the wrist issue and was a game-time decision for Tuesday's contest. Ian Clark is going to slide into the starting lineup vs. the Blazers. The fact that Rondo was a GTD for Tuesday implies that he is quite close to returning to the lineup. The Pelicans don't play again until Friday, so Rondo will have two more full days to rest. For now, we'll consider him questionable for that contest.
Mar 27 - 7:27 PM

Rajon Rondo (wrist) will be a game-time call for Tuesday's matchup with New Orleans.

Rondo sat out Saturday's game with the wrist issue, but that might have been more of a precautionary move with Rondo having just played three games in three nights. We'll have another update after Rondo gets through his pregame routine, but if he is able to get back out there, DeAndre Liggins would return to the second unit. Stay tuned.
Mar 27 - 6:21 PM

Rajon Rondo (wrist) and Nikola Mirotic (hip) are being listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Trail Blazers.

Both Rondo and Mirotic missed Saturday's game against the Rockets, and it seems like that was more than a simple precautionary move as there's a chance they'll sit out Tuesday's game as well. Owners can expect to get another update following Tuesday morning's shootaround, but if these guys are out again, DeAndre Liggins could be looking at another start with more minutes falling to guys like Cheik Diallo and Ian Clark. Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday would dominate the offense.

Rajon Rondo (right wrist sprain) has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. Houston.

Rondo played through a right wrist injury last April, but this is the first time he's dealt with a wrist issue this season. Rondo was phenomenal in the Pelicans win on Thursday, finishing with 24 points, ten assists and three steals in 31 minutes, but apparently injured his wrist in the process. DeAndre Liggins started in place of Rondo last Saturday when Rajon was rested, but Liggins tallied just three points in 20 minutes. Ian Clark will see a significant uptick in minutes off the bench. Jrue Holiday will see his usage rate spike.
Mar 24 - 11:41 AM

Rajon Rondo scored 24 points on 11-of-18 shooting Thursday, to go with 10 assists, two rebounds, one 3-pointer, three steals and three turnovers in 31 minutes.

This was a solid bounce-back performance following Wednesday’s 1-of-6 shooting, two-point disaster, and Rondo also did a really nice job defensively against Lonzo Ball. He made numerous clutch plays down the stretch, running the offense to perfection and also hit two huge shots with two minutes left to give New Orleans the lead. The Pelicans won all three games of their back-to-back-to-back set, moving them into fourth place out West.
Mar 22 - 11:09 PM

Rajon Rondo had six rebounds and six assists on Wednesday, but he shot just 1-of-6 from the field for two points in 29 minutes.

In true Rondo fashion, he even passed up a wide-open layup tonight in favor of setting up a teammate. There were no 3-pointers or defensive stats to make up for the paltry offense, but this is what you get from the 12-year veteran. The good has easily outweighed the bad lately, so just keep him locked into your active lineups.
Mar 21 - 11:40 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Rajon Rondo
2Ian Clark
3Mike James
4Frank Jackson
5Larry Drew II
SG1Jrue Holiday
2DeAndre Liggins
3Charles Cooke
4Jordan Crawford
SF1E'Twaun Moore
2Darius Miller
3Solomon Hill
PF1Anthony Davis
2Nikola Mirotic
3Cheick Diallo
C1DeMarcus Cousins
2Emeka Okafor
3Alexis Ajinca