‘Play­off Rondo’ re­mains key fac­tor for Pel­i­cans

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Ra­jon Rondo is healthy, and he’s locked in.

That’s good news for the Pel­i­cans, not so much for the Trail Blaz­ers. When Rondo is locked in dur­ing the post­sea­son, the 6-foot-4 guard who won an NBA ti­tle with the Celtics has shown he can be a tough out.

Over the course of his ca­reer, Rondo has av­er­aged 10.5 points, 8.5 as­sists and 4.8 re­bounds. In the play­offs, he has av­er­aged 14.3 points, 9.2 as­sists and six re­bounds per game.

Not that he is buy­ing into the Play­off Rondo hype, how­ever.

“There’s a lot of fac­tors into that. I don’t think you can break it down as sim­ple as one or two things,” Rondo said af­ter prac­tice Mon­day. “It’s a mat­ter of me be­ing healthy, min­utes, my team­mates trust­ing me, my coach­ing staff trust­ing me.

“I think we, as a we’re play­ing pretty under pres­sure.”

Rondo dished out 17 as­sists in Game 1, help­ing the Pel­i­cans take a 1-0 se­ries lead.

“You know, he’s one of the smartest play­ers in the league,” Blaz­ers coach Terry Stotts said. team, good

Mitchell’s sta­tus: Jazz guard Dono­van Mitchell has a left foot bruise, and his sta­tus is un­cer­tain for Game 2 against the Thun­der.

Mitchell left the Jazz’s 116-108 loss in Game 1 Sun­day af­ter stub­bing his toe in the third quar­ter, and he played spo­rad­i­cally the rest of the way. A team spokesman said Mitchell had an MRI on Mon­day, and the team will pro­vide an up­date Tues­day. When asked if he was con­cerned about miss­ing Game 2 on Wed­nes­day, Mitchell said, “Not at all.”

AP

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