Saturday, March 31, 2012
Marching all over an assist record
By Chris Forsberg
Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo is on a tear, having handed out double digits in assists in each of his past 12 games (a career-high streak). After dishing out 17 assists in Friday's win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, Rondo is now averaging 13.4 assists per game during that 12-game span. But here's a nugget that really hammers home how good of a month he had quarterbacking the Celtics' offense.
Rondo dished out a total of 219 assists in the month of March, shattering Bob Cousy's 56-year-old record of 210 assists in January 1956, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Rondo certainly benefited from having 17 games during the month in this condensed season, but he still averaged 12.9 assists per game for the month. Only twice during March did Rondo fail to reach double digits in assists (8 over 26 minutes in a lopsided loss to Philadelphia on March 7, and 5 over 26 minutes in a win over Portland on March 9).
Some will say the condensed schedule aided Rondo's monthly total by playing 17 games. Consider this: In January of 1956, Cousy and the Celtics played 22 contests.