Rajon Rondo Now Guarding Dwyane Wade

The Heat are playing a lineup without a point guard, which means Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo are matching up with each other. This favors the Heat.

Why? Wade has been able to take advantage of Rondo a couple of times, once in the post and once on pick and roll. Rondo, meanwhile, can take advantage of Wade, but it’s harder when Wade is playing five feet off him like every other Heat defender has so far. Considering how much Wade roams anyway on defense, it’s not a bad strategy to have him check Rondo. When the Lakers played the Celtics in the NBA Finals, they had Kobe Bryant doing the same thing.

It’ll be interesting to see how the Celtics adjust. Look for Rondo to make some hard cuts off the ball.

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