I wouldn't go so far as to say Rondo played an "amazing game."
His defense was atrocious, as has been lately. Hinrich drove past him at will. Jimmy Butler's two scores in overtime were on Rondo - one where he left his man and missed stealing the pass, the other where he lazily fronted him and gave up a layup.
Rondo's offense was aggressive, which was great! Too bad he's too inconsistent to at least bring this aggressiveness every game. I'm not asking for 30 points, but I'm asking for the effort.
But, his defense was once again lazy, which was awful.
And, I'm sick of excuses for his poor defense. He's a perfectly fit and athletic PG who should be fully capable of guarding the opposing PG. Other PGs are able to handle this while still putting up points and running the offense. Just look at Chris Paul and Deron Williams and Mike Conley and Westbrook and Rose (when healthy). They don't need to be bailed out on defense night-in, night-out by defensive specialists like Bradley.
I'm glad we have Bradley to do the dirty work, but Rondo needs to up his game on defense.
p.s. Nothing annoys me more than when Rondo is shifted onto the SG when Bradley takes the PG, and Rondo's defense is still lazy, giving up uncontested threes and drives to the basket on weak-side swings.
Your point about Paul, Williams, Conley, Westbrook, and Rose's defense compared to Rondo is blatantly untrue. Those guys all consistently get beaten off the dribble by opposing point guards. I would go so far as to say that each of them is a worse defender than Rondo.
Heck, I saw Russell Westbrook get beat off the dribble by Mike James last night against Dallas (and Mike James has got to be my age).
These posts about Rondo's defense continually pop up. It seems to me that the thinking behind them is that if Rondo doesn't play a perfect defensive game, then he's being lazy. Personally, I rarely see anyone who can play 35+ minutes a game, be the team's main offensive player, and also play a perfect defensive ball game. That just doesn't happen.
Having said all that, I loved Rondo's defense last night. He looked really engaged on both ends of the floor, and he looked like he was really busting his butt out there to try to carry his team against the Bulls.
I feel confident that Rondo will once again deservingly make one of the NBA All-Defensive teams as voted on by opposing NBA coaches. They are probably all just Celtics homers, though.