Rajon Rondo’s Wednesday Night Scratching Post

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NBACats in Action

– After being held scoreless in his last game, Rajon Rondo had 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists tonight, recording his third triple-double of the season while helping the Celtics defeat the Bucks, 102-96. I have no idea why the Celtics would want to trade Rondo, but at this point I don’t think they deserve him. A full post game recap can be found here.

– So apparently Steve Novak isn’t done being a thorn in the side of Kentucky fans. After helping Marquette defeat top overall seed Kentucky (along with DeWayne Wade) in the 2002-2003 NCAA Tournament, now he’s stealing minutes from Josh Harrellson. Despite reports (and a video) that Josh would play tonight, it was that son-of-biscuit eater Novak who wound up gobbling up all the playing time, getting 17 minutes off the bench while Josh never entered the game. My hate for Steve Novak quadrupled tonight. Let’s hope that Josh can find his way back into the rotation.

– Keeping with that theme, Jamaal Magloire did not play tonight in the Raptors 95-84 victory over the Hornets. At least he’s got his day job to fall back on.

– Detroit was able to get back to their winning ways, defeating the horrendous Bobcats tonight 109-94. Tayshaun Prince finished with a double-double, adding 14 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block. Brandon Knight also played well, registering 20 points, 1 rebound and 5 assists while not committing a single turnover. A full post game recap can be found here.

– The Washington Wizards lost their 6th straight game tonight, this time to the Orlando Magic, 102-95. John Wall continues to play amazing basketball and added 33 points (on 13-25 shooting), 3 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals (1 turnover) in the loss. With Quentin Richardson still nursing an Achilles injury, DeAndre Liggins continues to get minutes and tonight he played 16 minutes, the most he’s played all season (it was only his 3rd career game). Liggins finished with 0 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals, but he did not attempt a field goal. Daniel Orton did not play. A full post game recap can be found here.

– The Utah Jazz beat the Houston Rockets tonight, 104-83. Patrick Patterson played pretty good, adding 6 points (3-7 shooting), 4 rebounds and 1 assist in 20 minutes of action. Enes Kanter on the other hand, managed only 2 points in 10 minutes of action, failing to get a single rebound. Recent Slam Dunk winner Jeremy Evans, who prior to the dunk contest averaged around 5 minutes a game, played 22 minutes and had 4 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 steals. Prior to the start of the game Utah governor Gary Herbert declared Feb. 29, leap day in a leap year, as Jeremy Evans day. Let’s hope this was just a one day thing and Kanter moves back ahead of Evans in the rotation. The full post game recap is behind this link.

Nazr Mohammed and his Thunder teammates defeated Jodie Meeks and his 76ers teammates, 92-88. Nazr had 6 points and 3 rebounds in 11 minutes of action. Jodie Meeks had his second decent game in a row, adding 13 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in 30 minutes. So much for talk of Evan Turner stealing minutes from Jodie, the former Buckeye only played 7 minutes. A full post game recap can be found here.

NBACats in the News

– A website called RantSports.com issued their mid-season report cards for the Houston Rockets, and they mentioned our boy Patrick Patterson. Instead of grading each player individually they graded the starting backcourt, starting frontcourt, bench and coaching. Since Patterson is the only one worth mentioning, here is what they had to say (full article here):

Bench: B. At times, Houston’s bench has vastly outplayed the starters and led the team to victories that otherwise would have remained elusive. And then there are times they look like an overmatched Developmental League outfit. Goran Dragic is a capable back-up point man, but he is a turnover machine and plays best alongside Lowry where he can focus on scoring. Courtney Lee is perhaps Houston’s most consistent player, a lockdown defender and athletic three-point sniper, and he could easily give Martin a run for his starter’s money. Patrick Patterson seems 100-percent healthy after offseason knee surgery, and his pick-and-pop consistency provides a valuable offensive boost, while Jordan Hill, although battling a knee sprain, has improved his offensive skill-set and help-defense exponentially. Finally, when McHale decides to play Chase Budinger, the 2012 Slam Dunk Contest Runner-Up, the ghostly long-range bomber can hit over 40 percent of his treys. The bench is young and talented offensively, but its lack of ball-control and defensive grit has contributed to a number of Rockets collapses this season. It’s a tough call; does the offense warrant heavy minutes for the bench dwellers, or will fear of a defensive letdown ring true?

– According to ESPN.com’s Chris Broussard, the Celtics are aggressively trying to find a way to trade Rajon Rondo. Here is what he had to say about the situation:

Boston is aggressively shopping Rondo, according to sources. The Celtics find Rondo’s personality to be too high-maintenance and his clashes with coach Doc Rivers continue. With the Celtics having realized they are no longer title contenders, they don’t believe the payoff is worth the headaches Rondo brings, sources say. And they do not want to build around him.

Well then screw you Boston. Rondo deserves to be on a team that appreciates his talents. Funko knows what’s up (what is a POP Vinyl Figure?).

– In case any of you forgot that Jamaal Magloire is a former All-Star, here is a nice video of him
dunking in the 2004 All-Star game to remind you.

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