Rajon Rondo must’ve felt like a caged animal unleashed with his Kryptonite, Derrick Rose, sitting on the bench with a sore back. Rondo (32 points, 10 rebounds, 15 dimes) went harder than Adele at the Grammys as Boston recovered from a bad loss to the Raptors to win, 95-91. In the fourth quarter, his giving just got to be too much. On two straight possessions, he made Chris Wilcox young again and then made JaJuan Johnson matter for a second, throwing back-to-back alley-oops that had the Garden crowd flipping out like someone had just started playing “Sweet Caroline.” The dude had six dimes (and four rebounds) in the final frame alone … What’s up with backup Chicago guards playing like everyone came to watch them? First John Lucas. Now C.J. Watson. He took 23 shots yesterday (for 22 points) … And people wonder why it’s hard to take the Hawks seriously? They lay an egg every few weeks, and yesterday they did it again in an embarrassing 107-87 loss to Miami that wasn’t even that close. The game was over by halftime with Wade and LeBron combining for 35 in the first half and Bosh putting up a double-double in the first two quarters alone. The Hawks have now lost four of five at home, and in each one of those losses, they’ve been down by at least 20 … The worst part for Atlanta is there’s a good chance they could play Miami in the second round, and a win just ain’t happening, not when their best players are all swingmen and finesse forwards, and the Heat have three of the best in the game … At one point in Utah’s 10-point win over Memphis, as The Salt Lake Tribune‘s Brian T. Smith wrote on Twitter, the entire Jazz bench got up in a huddle, everyone believing, and Al Jefferson said with a laugh, “You look like you’re god damn surprised.” Big Al (21 points, 15 rebounds), hunted the Grizzlies, shot them down and then sold their fur as coats, dominating inside all night while Gordon Hayward (23 points) went off from the perimeter … Who caught Memphis coming out for warmups in those weird hipster sweaters? What was this? Dress like LeBron day? First time we’ve ever seen v-neck joints that looked like sweaters being rocked in warm-ups. Our guy Rudy Gay (22 points) admitted he picked the throwbacks out. His fashion sense has been all over the place lately. He would’ve fit right in at the Grammys … And Golden State finally slowed down the Rockets, stealing their cookies, 106-97 behind Monta Ellis‘ 33 points … We’re out like Nicki Minaj‘s Red Riding Hood getup.
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