When Stephen Curry dropped 51 on the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday, I had two thoughts. First, there was nothing anyone could have done, Curry was hitting shots from about the Bay Bridge.
Second, it still would have been interesting to see how Rajon Rondo would have impacted that game.
Not only is that question moot,at least a few other teams will get a crack at Rondo-less Dallas. The Mavericks will be without Rondo at least through the All-Star break and maybe longer due to the orbital bone fracture and nasal fracture he suffered recently (when teammate Richard Jefferson inadvertently kneed Rondo in the face).
Dallas made that announcement Friday — Rondo would miss the next three Mavericks games, which takes us through the week-long All-Star break.
But Marc Stein of ESPN says he could be out longer.
Dallas’s defense improves a fairly dramatic 5.2 points per 100 possessions when he is on the court. If they are going to make any dent in the playoffs this season — in what is an unreasonably stacked Western Conference — they need Rondo. They need his defense; they need him to be more comfortably involved in the offense than we have seen so far.
But most of all they need him healthy.