Monday, February 10, 2014

Rajon Rondo just set a new career high for three pointers (and is suddenly shooting lots of them)

This blog was originally posted on Monday 2/10.  The next time he took the floor (Wednesday, 2/12 against the Spurs) Rondo made 4 of 5 three-pointers, setting a new career high for the second consecutive game.

Rajon Rondo has played in a total of 576 games over the course of his eight-year NBA career (including regular season and playoffs).  Before last night he'd never made 3 three-pointers in single game.  Rondo shot 3-6 from downtown against the Mavericks yesterday.

Until two weeks ago (when he went 2-6 on threes vs the Nets Jan. 26) he'd never even attempted 6 three-pointers in one night.  Rondo's old high in that category was 5, which he did just once, vs the Hawks back on January 11, 2010.  In fact, Rondo had previously only ever attempted as many as 4 three-point shots in a game on five occasions throughout his career.

For whatever reason, Rondo is shooting threes at a much higher rate this year since coming back from his ACL surgery.  For his career he's hoisted an average of 0.76 attempts over those 576 contests, but this season (nine games played) he's suddenly putting up 2.7 long range shots per outing.  To put that in perspective, since 2006 Rondo has had 17 separate streaks of at least 5 games or more where he didn't even try a single three-pointer.

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