I also liked what Maz said yesterday. He said that he first noticed Rondo "stealing" rebounds away from the bigs in order to jack up his numbers during the 2009 playoffs. I actually have noticed him taking a bunch of them away Bass this season. He went on to add that the importance of that is it slows down your potential fastbreak as instead of running out to receive the outlet pass, he's instead down low padding his numbers.
1. We're an okay defensive rebounding team, but we absolutely need Rondo to crash the glass. We need his rebounding. So if he's going to be crashing instead of outletting then its absolutely better for him to get the ball instead of a big. You can think we should have him release more, but overall I prefer him utilizing his nose for the ball with this team's personale.
2. It can slow down the fast break, or it can speed it up. Many times the bigs man will successfully prevent an quick outlet pass and this eliminates the break. With Rondo getting the ball he can just dribble down the court, if someone tries to pick him up before halfcourt it usually results in Rondo going by him.