Rajon Rondo appeared to kick at Deron Williams from the bench during Tuesday’s Kings-Mavericks game, but I wasn’t completely ready to convict Rondo of wrongdoing.
Sure, Rondo’s action looked bad. It probably was bad.
But it at least seemed possible he had a reasonable explanation. Maybe he just picked a bad time to stretch his leg. Maybe he didn’t come as close to Williams as it appeared
That case becomes much more difficult to make in light of this video from last year’s playoffs. While on Dallas’ bench, Rondo appears to kick at Josh Smith‘s legs on a Smith 3-pointer (hat tip: Mark Hinog of SB Nation).
I don’t know whether the NBA should fine or suspended Rondo, but the league must make clear these stunts aren’t tolerated. Rondo needs to cut this out before he affects play (if he hasn’t already) – or worse, injures someone.
LeBron James made four 3-pointers in his first 194 minutes this season.
He matched that in 105 seconds against the Wizards last night.
LeBron made 4-of-5 3-pointers on a stretch of five possessions. Then, he showed what happens when you guard him too closely on the perimeter.
This could be an important breakthrough for LeBron, whose jumper had been faulty for most of the season. His 3-point percentage (28.5) is a career low, and his shooting percentage on 2-pointers outside the restricted area (37.3) is his lowest in eight years.
Here’s the evolution of LeBron’s percentages on 3-pointers (wine) and 2-pointers outside the restricted area (gold):
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But LeBron has shot better from outside since the calendar flipped. He’s shooting 50.0% (9-for-18) on 3-pointers and 46.7% (7-for-15) on 2-pointers outside the paint in the 2016 calendar year.
The Suns are sinking, and two players with unguaranteed salaries – Bryce Cotton and Cory Jefferson – are getting dumped overboard.
Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:
All contracts become guaranteed for the rest of the season Sunday, so Phoenix is allowing time for Cotton and Jefferson to clear waivers before then. Other players will likely be waived today for the same reason.
Importantly for the Suns, they now have two open roster spots. That could help a team that looks primed to trade. It seems likely Phoenix makes a deal before the deadline, and if that might require waiving Cotton and/or Jefferson to make space, better to do it now while they’re unguaranteed.
Both are fringe NBA players, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see either latch on elsewhere – or even re-sign with Phoenix on 10-day contracts. The Suns just determined they were OK with the risk of Cotton and Jefferson getting away, which seems like a reasonable conclusion based on the limited minutes we’ve seen of these two.
I’d like to imagine Russell Westbrook was still walking around his house late last night pulling that move.
The Nets lost their eighth straight home game last night, a 91-74 setback to the Raptors.
But at least Brook Lopez did something cool.