Ordinarily, a 15 point 14 rebound game by Perk would have been good enough to win him the honor of player of the game. Or, a game when KG fills up the stat sheet with 19 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks would have been a worthy candidate for player of the game.
But, on this night, those accomplishments were overshadowed by a monster game from Rajon Rondo who finished with 25 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 steals. And he amassed those stats playing against Olympic gold medalist Deron Williams, who is considered one of the top PG's in the league. It is amazing that a 6'1" point guard can out rebound the opposing center.
Rondo mentioned in the post game interview that he is banged up with a sore back and a strained Achilles. It isn't surprising considering that he gets hit hard almost every time he ventures to the basket. From the Globe:
He seemed to take so many hits in the quarter that fans behind press row took to calling him "rag doll".
"You never worry about him getting back up," joked Celtics forward Leon Powe.
He takes so many hard hits, he does look like a rag doll out there. And, he always gets back up and goes at it again. Every time he gets hit hard, you expect him to stay down but he never does. He is one tough kid!