It's pretty simple. Rajon Rondo is faster than almost everyone he plays against. The Celtics point guard has other skills, but the bulk of his success in the early part of his NBA career has been predicated on head-turning speed.
Tonight was no different. Rondo had 31 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists against the Nets, outplaying All-Star point guard Devin Harris in a 106-104 win over New Jersey at TD Banknorth Garden.
"The guy had  points and I think he shot all lay-ups," said Stephon Marbury. "He reminds me of Pearl Washington, from what they said back in the days. A guy that didn't really shoot the jump shot but continued to get to the basket and dominated."
Rondo has been on a tear of late, scoring more than 20 points in his last three games. He's been putting the ball in the basket in addition to handing out almost seven assists per game in his last three as well.
"I'm pretty comfortable," said Rondo. "As comfortable as I've ever been, probably these last five or six games. Just knowing when to take a shot and when to pass it...I'm a pass-first point guard, but these last couple games they've been giving me the lanes to score."
Rondo credited his teammates for the bulk of his baskets tonight.
"Paul and Baby and Perk were giving me great picks in the transition today," said Rondo. "I tried to attack the rim, get the ball up to the basket whether I missed or made it, give our bigs a chance to get an offensive rebound."
On his matchup with Harris, Rondo gave the same line he's given when asked about Chris Paul, Deron Williams, and other standout point guards in the league.
"Devin's an All-Star," said Rondo. "He's a great player. I love playing against him. We're kind of similar. We both use our speed to our advantage. But I try to treat every point guard the same."