11:12 AM EST, Wed January 28, 2015

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Rajon Rondo couldn't duplicate Sunday's near triple-double on Tuesday, but he still posted seven points, one 3-pointer, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Jan 26, 2015
ESPN Fantasy Basketball
Brian McKitish updates his top-130 fantasy basketball rankings and identifies players on the rise and those trending down over the past week of NBA action.
Rotoworld 12 hours ago

Rajon Rondo quiet in home loss to Grizzlies - Rajon Rondo (G) Dallas Mavericks

Rajon Rondo couldn't duplicate Sunday's near triple-double on Tuesday, but he still posted seven points, one 3-pointer, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Rick Carlisle calls Rondo’s benching an aberration

Rick Carlisle stands by all his coaching decisions, including the one to bench Rajon Rondo in the final five minutes of a close game against Chicago on Friday. He also said he doesn’t expect it to happen very often, if …
Mavs Moneyball Jan 25, 2015

What does Rajon Rondo's benching really say about Rick Carlisle?

Jason Gallagher -- of Grantland, Ballerball, Rolling Stone and Mavs Outsider -- and I share some thoughts about "RondoGate" from Friday. CATO: Oh boy, Jason. Last night, I heard the words 'coach's decision' more times than the rest of my life put together. Let's set the scene: Rajon Rondo didn't play the final 5:11 while the rest of the starters tried (and failed) to come back against the Bulls. Despite a barrage of questions, Carlisle wouldn't give us anything. Like, if you don't believe, here's a quoteboard. But press conference fireworks aside, what the hell are we suppose to think of...
Mavs Moneyball Jan 24, 2015

Quoteboard from Bulls 102, Mavericks 98: "It's a coach's decision."

Dallas lost in frustrating fashion to Chicago, but the big story was Rondo's absence late in the game. Rajon Rondo didn't play the final 5:11 of the fourth quarter Why did Rajon Rondo sat for the final 5:11 of the game? Rick Carlisle: "Coach's decision." What's changed from Monday, where Rick said his philosophy was to stick with Rondo late in games? Carlisle: "It's just a coach's decision. Today is Friday. That was Monday. That's where it is." You made a blockbuster to make the trade ... [question cut off] Carlisle: "Listen, if you want to make it a blowup story, be my guest. Go talk to...
Mavs Moneyball Jan 24, 2015

Rick Carlisle declares Rajon Rondo's benching a 'coach's decision'

Rondo sat for the final 5:11 in a loss to Chicago. Regardless of what you call it -- a matchup problem, a coach sending a message, a strategy that gave the Mavericks the best chance to win -- Rajon Rondo didn't play the final 5:11 in a loss to the Chicago Bulls at home on Friday. "Coach's decision," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said in explanation of the move after the game. But wait. In a 103-95 road win against Memphis on Monday, Carlisle said of Rondo, "A guy like that, you've just got to put him in there in crunch time and let him do what he does," per Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas. Why...

A shot at explaining coach's decision for Rondo's clutch benching

DALLAS – The two point guards the Dallas Mavericks acquired in blockbuster trades since the end of last season sat next to each other on the bench during crunch time Friday night. It’s certainly no surprise to see Raymond Felton, the tax in the Tyson Chandler trade, riding pine with the game on the line. But it’s rather alarming to see Rajon Rondo sitting with his warmups on and a towel over his head for the final 5:12 when his teammates are trying – and failing – to pull out a hard-fought win over the Chicago Bulls.

Celtics 100, Nuggets 99: Bradley prevents Nelson revenge game

Avery Bradley produced some clutch late-game shooting while old friend Jameer Nelson missed a pull-up jumper in the final seconds as the Boston Celtics hung on for a 100-99 triumph over the Denver Nuggets Friday night at the Pepsi Center. Nelson, who spent a few weeks with Boston in the aftermath of the Rajon Rondo trade to Dallas, nearly went revenge game on his last team. The veteran, drawing a spot start after Ty Lawson was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving early Friday morning, responded with a game-high 23 points on 9-of-20 shooting with 7 assists over 42 minutes of floor time.
Mavs Moneyball Jan 23, 2015

Dwight Powell is busting the myth that Rick Carlisle hates rookies

Rookie Dwight Powell, a throw-in in the Rajon Rondo trade, has earned quality minutes in the Mavericks' rotation of late. It's a common refrain from many Mavericks fans around draft time -- why would the team bother drafting players since the coach hates rookies anyway? In his seven seasons in Dallas, Coach Rick Carlisle has been labeled by many as a poor developer of young talent. But over the last week and a half, the play of Dwight Powell, initially an afterthought in the mid-season Rajon Rondo trade, has served as a reminder that anyone can earn minutes in Carlisle's rotation. Powell's...
Mavs Moneyball Jan 22, 2015

Rajon Rondo is considerably better when he wears a headband

Rondo has played in 15 games as a Dallas Maverick, but he's been streaky to this point. We might have found the reason. Players of all sports are superstitious, basketball players included. Think about a player's pregame routine, or their demeanor at the free throw line. It's all about repetition. It's about developing a consistency that leads to success. But sometimes, despite the routine, players struggle. Rajon Rondo is a perfect example. He's had some very good games in his short stint as a Dallas Maverick, as well as some pretty bad games. Here's a breakdown of his basic game-by-game...
Canis Hoopus Jan 21, 2015

Mavericks at Timberwolves Game Thread

The Wolves host the Mavericks tonight at Target Center and get their first look at Rajon Rondo in a Mavs uniform. Mavs at Wolves7:00 pm CSTFS North The Mavs come in at 29-13 overall, which is tied for fourth in the Western Conference. Since trading for Rajon Rondo, they are 9-5 and coming off a big win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday afternoon. While overall they remain one of the top offensive squads in the league (3rd in Ortg), since acquiring Rondo their offense has not been as strong, but not surprisingly their defense has been significantly better. The Mavericks offense generates...

Rondo's value reflected in crunch-time impact

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Six points, three rebounds and one assist isn’t the kind of stat line expected from a four-time All-Star point guard. “I wasn’t playing up to my standards that I would like the whole game,” Rajon Rondo said after putting up those unremarkable numbers in Monday’s road win over the Memphis Grizzlies. Yet this was exactly the kind of performance the Dallas Mavericks anticipated getting from Rondo when they made the blockbuster trade with the Boston Celtics to get him.

Rondo, fighting through tough night, found a way to make big plays

Dallas Mavericks point guard Rajon Rondo was having one of those nights. And not in a good way. He had more fouls (two) in the first 2:13 of the game than he did assists for the entire game (one). But, …

Mark Cuban: If we can improve Erick Dampier’s free throws, we can improve Rajon Rondo’s too

Jan 13, 2015; Sacramento, CA, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Rajon Rondo (9) drives to the basket against Sacramento Kings guard Ray McCallum (3) during the second quarter at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
Sactown Royalty Jan 14, 2015

Nowitzki, Rondo say DeMarcus Cousins deserves All-Star nod

Dirk Nowitzki and Rajon Rondo have a combined 16 All-Star Game appearances and they are in Boogie's corner when it comes to the possibility of him making his first trip. Now in his 17th NBA season, Dirk Nowitzki knows a thing or two about being an All-Star - he's been named one 12 times after all. The Mavericks power forward, who has moved into the seventh slot on the NBA career scoring list, is on the bubble this season in terms of making the All-Star team in a stacked Western Conference. One of the players he is competing with for votes is Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins. But...

Jameer Nelson, Nate Robinson traded

The Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets swapped backup point guards Tuesday in a deal that could eventually affect some contenders, sources told ESPN.com. Nate Robinson will be going to Boston, though it is expected to be a temporary stay as he is expected to seek a buyout of his contract with the intention of signing with a playoff team. Jameer Nelson, who was sent to Boston as part of the Rajon Rondo deal, will be going to Denver. Robinson, who is coming back from an ACL tear, is averaging a career-low 5.

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