Netease Sports reported on October 7:
On October 7, Beijing time, the NBA Finals continued.
Since entering the playoffs, Rondo has averaged 9.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 7 assists per game for the Lakers, and has made 42% of his three-pointers. As one of the two brains of the Lakers, Rondo played an important role in connecting teams.
In the first half of the game, Rondo, who had a good outside touch, didn't make a shot from outside the three-point line, and he failed to hit the basket several times. Despite the poor performance of his personal offense, Rondo can still help the team in other ways. As a defender with a strong rebounding sense, Rondo frequently picks up rebounds from big players, but he is "center Rondo."
The Lakers' starting lineup offense failed to open, and Rondo quickly activated the team offense after playing. With 3 minutes and 10 seconds left in the first quarter, Rondo assisted Pope to hit a mid-range shot. In the second half of the game, Rondo and Davis cooperated in the pick-and-roll, and a fake shot sent an assist. Davis received the ball and completed a dunk. The Lakers used this to equalize the score.
After halftime, Rondo made 0 of 4 shots, scoring 0 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Although he didn't score, he tied with Anthony Davis for the highest rebounds and tied with LeBron James for the highest assists.
There was no score in the first three quarters. Rondo forced a three-pointer under Olynyk's defense as soon as he came up in the last quarter. Unfortunately, he still went out of the basket. With 5 minutes and 36 seconds left in the game, Rondo made another valuable offensive rebound to regain the ball for the Lakers. In the last 4 minutes and 43 seconds, Rondo ordered another offensive rebound. Since Rondo came on the court, the Lakers' rebounding advantage is quite obvious. In the last 1 minute and 44 seconds, Rondo had already protected the rebound, but LeBron hit the ball and flew away, instead losing the ball.
In the last 1 minute and 25 seconds, Rondo found a loophole in the Heat's defense, broke through and scored a layup. In the last 40 seconds, Rondo broke through and returned Davis, who hit the ball with a three-pointer! The Lakers eventually defeated the Heat 102-96.