"Where was all this 10 years ago?"
If you're a Boston Celtics fan, that likely was your reaction watching Rajon Rondo turn into a sharpshooter at TD Garden on Thursday night.
The Los Angeles Lakers guard not only went 3-of-4 from 3-point range and 7-of-11 overall, but he also delivered the dagger: a scramble-mode floater at the buzzer to hand his ex-team a crushing loss.
So, where were these heroics during Rondo's nine seasons in Boston? According to ESPN Stats & Info: nowhere.
From ESPN Stats & Info: It was Rajon Rondo’s first career go-ahead field goal in the final 10 seconds of the 4th quarter/OT. He was previously 0-11 FG on such shots in his career. Lucky No. 12.— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) February 8, 2019
That's right: Rondo's buzzer-beater Thursday night was the first of his entire career. And of course he saved it for revenge against the C's.
Rondo said after the game he "couldn't picture it this sweet." But crazily enough, he hit a shot from almost the exact same spot earlier in the day while playing with his son during Lakers shootaround.
When Rondo was playing with his son this morning, he hit nearly the same shot, on the same side of the court, as his buzzer beater. pic.twitter.com/l2IhQlmvtJ— Silver Screen & Roll (@LakersSBN) February 8, 2019
Can't make this stuff up.
The rest of the NBA community seemed to know this was a seminal moment for the veteran point guard, as Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett (via his "KG's Area 21" Twitter account) were among the many left in disbelief.
Wow rondo 😳— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) February 8, 2019
SMH RONDO. 👀— KG's Area 21 (@KGArea21) February 8, 2019
SHEESH @RajonRondo— JAE CROWDER (@CJC9BOSS) February 8, 2019
Wow— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) February 8, 2019
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