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2.16 The Cooler

Jeremy Lin Shows Off A New Trick; Two Overlooked Stars Go Crazy

By 02.16.12
Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo (photo. Gary Land)


Rajon Rondo really isn’t that good. If Rajon Rondo was on a team where he had to score, he’d be nothing. If Rajon Rondo didn’t have three Hall of Famers next to him, he’d be average. Okay. We’ve heard it all. The Celtics suffered an ugly loss against Detroit, but Rondo balled out. 35 points, four steals. One patented fake behind-the-back. Stuckey, Monroe and Ben Gordon combined for 69 points whereas Rondo’s second-best teammate was… Chris Wilcox. The Celtics scored five points in four minutes without Rondo on the floor to start the second quarter. They scored 28 in the first 12 with him. If we’re Boston, start that rebuilding project now … Since when did Orlando morph back into a good team again? They’ve won three in a row and put the clamps on Philly last night, 103-87. They were helped, inexplicably, by the Sixers insistence on leaving Ryan Anderson open (27 points, seven threes). What’s the deal with this? Guard the man, especially in the weeks that we have to play him in fantasy. Why hasn’t anyone figured this out yet? As a team, the Magic made 15 of 25 from deep … Most overlooked player in the entire league? Tony Parker. TP was killing it again last night, taking advantage of Jose Calderon‘s Linsanity hangover by hanging 34 and 14 on Spain. San Antonio won again in Toronto. Did you know the Spurs have won nine in a row? We didn’t … If the former Mr. Longoria is the most slept-on star then Josh Smith is the most hated on. Not only did Joe Johnson make the All-Star Game over him, but Johnson also somehow got put into the three-point shootout. Smith DOMINATED Phoenix (30 points, 17 rebounds, seven assists) in the Hawks two-point win. Even with a 15-point second half lead, and another A-game from Steve Nash (22 points, 16 assists), Phoenix couldn’t save themselves … Remember that time when Eastern coaches picked Luol Deng for the All-Star Game over Rondo and Josh Smith? Wait … Rudy Gay (25 points) and Mike Conley combined for a sick off-the-backboard, reverse alley-oop in Memphis’ five-point win in Jersey. Amazingly, it was Tony Allen (21 points) and Marreese Speights (20 points, 18 rebounds) who won it for them. Allen hit a three-pointer to put the Grizz up for good, and Speights did an incredible Z-Bo impersonation … Kyrie Irving scooped up 22 points and Cleveland got an 11-point win over Indiana … Cavs announcer Austin Carr on Tyler Hansbrough: “He’s got that stare. He looks like he’s about to explode.” Too bad he couldn’t explode for a bucket or two … And Denver got destroyed in Dallas by 18. That was being nice. It wasn’t nearly that close … We’re out like Swaggy P’s trigger finger.

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