This NBA season has been marred by many high-profile injuries, including the continued poor health and extended stays on the sidelines from Derrick Rose, Russell Wesbrook , and Kobe Bryant. While the league still has much to recommend, the absence of so many big-name players has certainly affected the tenor of the season.
On Friday night, though, one big name returned to action after a lengthy stretch away from the court. Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, who tore the ACL in his right knee nearly a year ago, returned to action against the visiting Los Angeles Lakers. Although the rebuilding Celtics look very different from the team Rondo last played with in January 2013, it was a major moment for the franchise and their returning star.
It was a night of ups and downs for the famously unorthodox Rondo. Starting the game, he was fairly uninspiring in his first five minutes. But things picked up when he re-entered the game in the second quarter. In a flurry of offensive activity, Rondo scored his first two baskets of the season on consecutive possessions. The first came on his signature move — the fake behind-the-back pass that creates space for a lay-up — and the next involved Rondo pushing the ball himself in transition.