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Irish Coffee: Rajon Rondo & Derrick Rose’s contrasting styles
Posted By Ben Rohrbach On March 15, 2011 @ 12:00 pm In General | 7 Comments
Wake up with the Celtics  and your daily dose of Irish Coffee ‘¦
Bulls point guard Derrick Rose  has only been held to fewer than 10 points once all season — and never fewer than six. Conversely, his Celtics counterpart, Rajon Rondo , has been held to single-digit scoring 21 times in the 2010-11 season — and less than six points nine times.
Meanwhile, Rose has recorded double-digit assists just 16 times — and never more than 14. On the other hand, Rondo has produced 10 or more assists 36 times — and more than 14, well, 14 times.
To say the least, Rose and Rondo have led the Celtics and Bulls to a tie atop the Eastern Conference by playing different styles as the floor generals of their respective teams. But which is more successful?
In the 29 times since 1980 that someone has recorded at least 11 assists per game, that player has reached the conference finals nearly half the time (14-of-29). Those are favorable odds for the Celtics, as Rondo has produced 11.7 assists per game this season.
Still, only six times in that span has someone averaged 11 assists and led his team to the NBA Finals . Each time his name was Magic Johnson , who led the Lakers three titles in such seasons (1985, ’87 and ’88).
Fear not, Celtics fans, for no point guard who has averaged at least 24 points per game has even won a playoff series in the last 30 years. Michael Adams  (1991), Gary Payton (2000), Allen Iverson  (2005, ’06, ’08) and Gilbert Arenas  (’06, ’07) have all produced 24-plus points a game as the primary point guard on their roster and never made it out of the first round.
Before you say, ‘Hey, Rose has had a better year in 2010-11 than any of those four players in those seven seasons — and he’s surrounded by better talent,’ consider Iverson’s 2007-08 season with the Nuggets:
I’d say Iverson’s supporting cast of Carmelo Anthony, Marcus Camby  and a healthy Kenyon Martin  are fairly comparable to Rose’s supporting cast of Luol Deng, Joakim Noah  and a questionably healthy Carlos Boozer. And that Nuggets team got swept in the first round.
There’s no question that Magic’s three 11-assist championship seasons were better than Rondo’s performance this year, but would you also concede that Paul Pierce , Ray Allen , Kevin Garnett  and a 39-year-old Shaquille O’Neal  are a better supporting cast than Magic’s 1988 supporting cast of James Worthy , Byron Scott, A.C. Green and a 41-year-old Kareem Abdul-Jabbar  that won the title?
I think I just talked myself into betting on the Celtics to win the Eastern Conference. If not, I can take solace in the fact that Brian Scalabrine  would make the NBA Finals as a member of three different franchises (2002-03 Nets, 2007-08 & 2009-10 Celtics, 2010-11 Bulls).
KENDRICK PERKINS : ‘I FEEL LIKE I WAS WANTED’
Yahoo! Sports reporter Marc J. Spears had an interesting interview  with former Celtics and current Thunder center Kendrick Perkins. Here’s what Perkins had to say …
Perkins recorded six points and nine rebounds in 20 minutes during his debut for the Thunder in their 116-89 victory against the Wizards on Monday night. Meanwhile, new Celtics center Nenad Krstic  averaged 14.7 points and 12.7 rebounds last week, capturing a Player of the Week nomination .
KEVIN GARNETT: ‘WE’LL FIGURE THIS OUT’
Garnett published a couple more entries  to his blog on shoe company Anta’s website, covering the Celtics’ last three games — including losses to the 76ers and Nets. The highlights (lowlights?) …
Five of the 16 championship rings that Red Auerbach  won as coach, general manager and team president of the Celtics will be up for auction on the website SCP Auctions  from April 15-30, according to Bloomberg.com . Personally, I’d rather bid on his humidor, engraved with signatures from members of the 1954-55 Celtics. …
Sports Illustrated posted 12 rare photos  of former Celtics draft pick Len Bias that I’d never seen before, including this one …
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URLs in this post:
 Celtics: http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm
 Derrick Rose: http://media.weei.com/basketball/derrick-rose.htm
 Rajon Rondo: http://media.weei.com/basketball/rajon-rondo.htm
 NBA Finals: http://media.weei.com/basketball/nba-finals.htm
 Magic Johnson: http://media.weei.com/basketball/magic-johnson.htm
 Michael Adams: http://media.weei.com/football/michael-adams.htm
 Allen Iverson: http://media.weei.com/basketball/allen-iverson.htm
 Gilbert Arenas: http://media.weei.com/basketball/gilbert-arenas.htm
 Marcus Camby: http://media.weei.com/basketball/marcus-camby.htm
 Kenyon Martin: http://media.weei.com/basketball/kenyon-martin.htm
 Joakim Noah: http://media.weei.com/basketball/joakim-noah.htm
 Paul Pierce: http://media.weei.com/basketball/paul-pierce.htm
 Ray Allen: http://media.weei.com/basketball/ray-allen-celtics.htm
 Kevin Garnett: http://media.weei.com/basketball/kevin-garnett.htm
 Shaquille O’Neal: http://media.weei.com/basketball/shaquille-oneal.htm
 James Worthy: http://media.weei.com/basketball/james-worthy.htm
 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: http://media.weei.com/basketball/kareem-abdul-jabbar.htm
 Brian Scalabrine: http://media.weei.com/basketball/brian-scalabrine.htm
 KENDRICK PERKINS: http://media.weei.com/basketball/kendrick-perkins.htm
 an interesting interview: http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=Al_TPbbM_cApKZfjXGSJjZi8vLYF?slug=mc-afterthebuzzer031111
 Nenad Krstic: http://media.weei.com/basketball/nenad-krstic.htm
 capturing a Player of the Week nomination: http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4681679/krstic-nominated-for-p-o-w-honor
 a couple more entries: http://kgnba.qzone.qq.com/
 Red Auerbach: http://media.weei.com/basketball/red-auerbach.htm
 SCP Auctions: http://scpauctions.com/#2
 according to Bloomberg.com: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-03-14/red-auerbach-s-cigar-humidor-nba-championship-rings-to-be-auctioned.html
 posted 12 rare photos: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/1103/len.bias.rare.photos/content.1.html
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