LeBron James asks to guard Rondo

Ryan WardCorrespondent IMay 10, 2010

Every single NBA playoff series in the second round has been a one sided affair as the Phoenix Suns swept the San Antonio Spurs, the Orlando Magic are on the verge of taking out the Atlanta Hawks and the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers seem to have the Utah Jazz’s number, but the Cleveland Cavaliers are struggling to live up to the hype and compete with the Boston Celtics.

During the regular season, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers were the cream of the crop in the NBA and were able to clinch the number one overall seed in the NBA playoffs with the league’s best record.

Heading into the playoffs, the Cavs were the odds on favorites to win the NBA title. The Los Angeles Lakers were considered their biggest hurdle, but it looks like the Boston Celtics are now as this Semifinal matchup will head back to Cleveland tied up at 2-2.

As usual, LeBron James has been the one player on the Cleveland Cavaliers that has been damn near unguardable, but the key to this series has arguably been the Celtics young point guard Rajon Rondo.

In game one of this series, Rondo was the X-factor fo the Celtics as he put up 27 points to go along with his 12 assists and six rebounds. Unfortunately, LeBron came out firing on all cylinders and finished with a game high 35 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks to lead the Cavs to the game one victory.

Game two, Rondo had another dominant performance with 13 points, 19 assists and two steals. The Boston Celtics ultimately went on to win in convincing fashion104-86. It was becoming more and more obvious that the Cavs simply didn’t have an answer for the lightening quick Celtics point guard.

During game three, LeBron James had his best game of the playoffs so far by putting up a game high 38 points, with 28 of those points coming in the first half, as the Cavs just cruised to a blowout victory124-95.

Heading into game four it was basically a must win situation for the Boston Celtics, but despite many people believing that the Cleveland Cavaliers had retaken control of this series in game three, Rajon Rondo and company showed they aren’t done yet by beating the Cavs 97-87 win.

Rondo had his best game of the series in game four with a triple-double which included 29 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists. Those are monster numbers to say the least, but all that has done is anger the two-time MVP LeBron James who says that he will take on the challenge of guarding Rajon Rondo from here on out!