UK in the NBA: Rondo’s assist streak ends

Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) jumps over and avoids Washington Wizards small forward Martell Webster (9) after the two sprinted up the court for a loose ball during the second half of their game played at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., Saturday, November 3, 2012. Boston defeated Washington 89-86. (Harry E. Walker/MCT)

By Nick Jones | @Kernel_Nick

This week in the NBA, it was Rajon Rondo that once again made national attention. Rondo’s streak of more than 10 assists in consecutive games ended by default due to a Wednesday night scuffle with the Brooklyn Nets’ Kris Humphries.

The shoving battle led to the ejection of Rondo and was followed by a two-game suspension for the Celtics point guard.

“Rondo and I talked and I think Rondo is not happy with the fact that he’s not there on this team in the next two games,” Ainge said Friday to The Boston Globe. “I think that’s the most important thing. Rondo’s a very emotional player, he’s a tough competitor.”

One former UK star who has started to emerge this season is Houston Rockets power forward Patrick Patterson.

In week five alone, Patterson averaged 23 points over three games and solidified himself as a legitimate threat from 3-point range, making six of 12 from deep.

“My teammates are looking for me,” Patterson told Jonathan Feigen of Ultimate Rockets. “If I’m knocking them down, I’m going to keep shooting them. My teammates having that confidence, passing to me when I’m on the perimeter, makes me want to shoot it more.”

Patterson’s teammate, Terrence Jones, was assigned to the NBA Developmental League on Friday after receiving limited playing time for the Rockets throughout the first month of the season.

Jones’ stint with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers did not last long. The rookie forward averaged nearly 23 points and 18 rebounds in just two games. Jones has since been called back up to his original Rockets team.

DeAndre Liggins, who was sent down to the D-League last week, was reassigned to his Oklahoma City Thunder team for their Saturday night win against the Anthony Davis-less New Orleans Hornets.

Liggins played 7 minutes in the game scoring 3 points and grabbing 2 rebounds for the Thunder.

Davis has played just six games in his rookie season and is likely out for at least another week as he continues to rehab his ankle.

“I think he’s a week away from us thinking about him ramping up his conditioning; let alone playing,” Hornets head coach Monty Williams told The Times Picayune. “So I just think it’s still far off.”

Doron Lamb was an important piece for UK’s 2012 national championship team. Now, after a slow start, the rookie guard seems to have played himself into a role for the Milwaukee Bucks as he has played over 15 minutes in each of their last four games.

Lamb played a pivotal role in the Bucks’ win over divisional rival Chicago Bulls. The Bucks found themselves in a 27-point deficit during the third quarter, but Lamb and the second unit rallied and came up with a 93-92 victory.

“He did a great job,” veteran teammate Mike Dunleavy said of Lamb’s play. “He has a way about him; he doesn’t get sped up. The moment is never too big for him. He just comes in there and plays his game offensively and defensively.”

Jodie Meeks is another former Cat who is beginning to advance his play this season. The shooting guard came into this NBA season with high expectations as a shooter in the Los Angeles Lakers’ second unit.

Meeks seemed to have found his stroke during the Lakers Friday night win against the Nuggets.

He finished with 21 points in 17 minutes off the bench. All of Meeks’ points came from long range as he shot 7-8 from beyond the 3-point arc.

Former Cats in action this week include Eric Bledsoe, whose L.A. Clippers team takes on the Dallas Mavericks Wedneday. Josh Harrelson of the Miami Heat will meet his former team, the New York Knicks, on Thursday. On Friday, Rondo returns to action as the Celtics battle the Philadelphia 76ers, and former teammates Jodie Meeks and DeAndre Liggins will meet when the Lakers take on the Thunder.

Statistics through week 5

Player (team) GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG PPG
Eric Bledsoe (Clippers) 16 19.1 .500 .806 .806 2.7 2.7 9.9
Keith Bogans (Nets) 14 14.9 .348 .314 .333 1.4 1.1 3.1
DeMarcus Cousins (Kings) 14 29.6 .417 .500 .717 9.5 2.1 16.0
Anthony Davis (Hornets) 6 28.3 .493 .000 .839 8.3 0.8 16.0
Josh Harrellson (Heat) 3 3.3 .667 1.000 .000 1.7 0.0 1.7
Chuck Hayes (Kings) 16 21.1 .455 .000 .500 5.1 2.3 3.4
Terrence Jones (Rockets) 7 10.4 .333 .200 1.000 2.0 0.4 3.6
Enes Kanter (Jazz) 18 14.2 .531 .000 .571 3.8 0.4 5.4
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Bobcats) 15 27.3 .455 .500 .774 6.5 1.5 10.9
Brandon Knight (Pistons) 18 31.1 .424 .431 .767 3.6 5.3 13.3
Doron Lamb (Bucks) 9 11.8 .412 .286 1.000 0.3 1.0 3.6
DeAndre Liggins (Thunder) 5 3.4 1.000 .000 1.000 1.4 0.2 0.6
Jodie Meeks (Lakers) 15 11.8 .403 .412 1.000 1.3 0.9 5.4
Darius Miller (Hornets) 14 14.9 .393 .444 1.000 1.8 1.1 2.4
Nazr Mohammed (Bulls) 11 6.8 .118 .000 .500 1.9 0.3 0.7
Daniel Orton (Thunder) 1 2.0 1.000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 2.0
Patrick Patterson (Rockets) 15 30.1 .511 .375 .773 5.3 1.0 14.6
Tayshaun Prince (Pistons) 18 32.4 .452 .421 .800 4.3 2.4 12.1
Rajon Rondo (Celtics) 14 37.0 .506 .316 .613 4.6 12.9 12.9
Marquis Teague (Bulls) 6 5.7 .250 .000 .750 0.7 1.2 1.2


Week 6 TV schedule

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

L.A. Clippers (Eric Bledsoe) vs. Dallas Mavericks 10:30 ET on ESPN

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Miami Heat (Josh Harrellson) vs. New York Knicks 8:00 ET on TNT

Friday, December 7, 2012

Boston Celtics (Rajon Rondo) @ Philadelphia 76ers 7:00 ET on ESPN

L.A. Lakers (Jodie Meeks) @ Oklahoma City Thunder (DeAndre Liggins) 9:30 ET on ESPN