Lakers Veteran Surpasses Michael Jordan in Amazing NBA Playoffs Feat

Published 09/19/2020, 12:03 AM EDT
The Los Angeles Lakers talk after a play against the Denver Nuggets during the second quarter in game one of the Western Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


The LA Lakers ran out to a big Game 1 win over the Denver Nuggets in their Western Conference Finals matchup. While Anthony Davis led the team with a dominant 37-point performance, Rajon Rondo came up big as well, notching an impressive 9 assists in 21 minutes.

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Rondo has built a career out of impressive playoff performances. After all, a nickname like Playoff Rondo is earned through consistency. Even after his peak passed in the Boston Celtics, Rondo kept showing up with impressive Playoffs numbers. His 9 assists today meant he crosses Michael Jordan on the all-time playoff assists list.

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MJ had 1022 playoff assists, and Rondo ended tonight at 1025. He is within catching distance of sixth-placed Larry Bird, who has 1062 playoff assists. Rondo’s teammate LeBron James is third on the all-time ranking, with 1787.

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Sep 10, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) controls the ball against the Houston Rockets in the second half in game four of the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

LA won their first game one of this post-season with the dominant win over Denver. However, the selling factor of Denver has been their uncanny ability to make comebacks. In the Playoffs, they not only overcame two 3-1 deficits against Utah and the Clippers, but also overcame three consecutive games with a double digit points deficit at the half.

However, the Lakers’ unique combination of size and wing defense frustrated the Nuggets. Murray and Jokic had decent games, but not nearly the quality they need to produce to beat a team like this Lakers squad. Anthony Davis dominated in the paint. LeBron ran the show with amazing passes, and we saw Dwight Howard re-emerge as a high-level contributor for LA.

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Rondo has continued to put up the impressive performances we are accustomed to in the Playoffs. His contribution off the bench could be a title clincher for these Lakers who are rolling with momentum. We can now see how much the Lakers missed him while he was injured.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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