It’s funny how winning a game can make people totally forget that a player totally boatsed an easy play that would have won his team the same game, just five minutes earlier. But we saw you, Rajon Rondo, missing that wide-open layup with 14 seconds left. We totally saw you.
And so did Luis Scola, who was shocked Rondo could blow such an easy layup. From the AP:
“The fact that we were in overtime was very lucky. What are the chances that Rondo misses a wide-open layup with nobody close to him?” Scola said.
Well, we can’t really know the metaphorical “chances,” but we can know that Hoopdata says he makes 64 percent of his shots at the rim, though that factors in everything and not just breakaways. And we can know that there are quite a few results for “rondo misses layup” in YouTube, and that he’s often passed up layups for no real reason.
Putting all those things together, I guess we can say it’s a tossup when Rajon Rondo has a wide-open layup. Maybe he’ll make it, maybe he’ll miss it, maybe he’ll pass it to pad his assist numbers, maybe he’ll get really moody and wear an upside down headband — who knows? When Rajon Rondo is on a breakaway, everything is on the table.