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Monday, April 25, 2011

NBA History: Playoff History Night in and Night out

We love the playoffs, you love the playoffs and even grandpa who rocks in his rocking chair even wakes up from an all day nap to catch some of the playoff action. We'll now grandpa is telling you "you were a lil kid the last time someone did that". Grandpa however is witnessing the records he saw set broke and they are coming in mass.

Take Rajon Rondo on April 22nd 2011... He stole the show in New York for the first playoff game in what 7 years at The Garden. Rondo pulled out another triple double but this wasn't just any ole triple double, it was a triple double with 20 assist, yes 20 assist. At one point during the season Rondo said it was his goal to average 20 assist in a season. Well he didn't do that but he did step into elite company in the postseason. Magic Johnson was the last player to tally a triple double in the playoffs with 20 or more assist when he did it in Game 5 of the 1991 NBA Finals (The game Michael Jordan won his first championship...to add convey deeper meaning) in what would be his final game before entering into his first retirement in October of that year.

Well here's another one. On April 23rd 2011 The Dallas Mavericks were leading by as many as 23 points in the second half of Game 4 against Portland and by as many as 18 going into the fourth quarter when Brandon Roy woke up and woke up in a big way. Roy finished the fourth quarter with 18 points on 8 of 10 shooting (24 for the game) and lead the Rip City Blazers to the largest playoff comeback since Paul Pierce brought his Celtics back from 21 points in 2002 against the New Jersey Nets.

Caught ya breath yet? Moving on Chris Paul on April 24th 2011, yes CP3 is doing it all. With his triple double of 27 points 15 assist and 13 rebounds in a Game 4 win over the Los Angeles Lakers he joined Oscar Robertson as the only two players to tally a triple double in the playoffs with at least 25 points, 15 assist and 10 rebounds in NBA history . "Mr. Triple Double" himself, Oscar Robertson still has the upper hand on Paul as he has pulled off the feat twice. Once in 1962 and then again in 1964. Still whenever your mentioned with Oscar Robertson your in pretty good company.

Now go and catch your breath. The Playoffs are just in the first round so more records may be broken or set. Amazing!