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Sunday, April 15, 2012
Rondo's solo project

By Chris Forsberg

When Rajon Rondo helped the Boston Celtics to victory over the Charlotte Bobcats Sunday, it was the first time in exactly two years he had played a game without any member of Boston's Big Three (Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen) alongside. As ESPN Stats and Info originally noted, Rondo is 4-1 in those games. Here's a closer look at his performances and the outcomes:

Rondo certainly seems to have played with a little extra motivation in those most recent games. Sure, each occurrence has been near the end of the season (his own minutes limited in a 2009 game against Washington), but Rondo has upped his scoring output whenever he's logged 30+ minutes. Clearly, the Celtics like having a fully healthy roster, but Rondo's exploits are an encouraging sign of his potential even if the roster is overhauled for future seasons.