UK in the NBA: Rondo tears ACL, out for season

Rajon Rondo jumps to shoot the ball against the Miami Heat during game 5 of the NBA playoffs at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. Photo by Tessa Lighty | Staff

By Nick Jones | @KernelNick

njones@kykernel.com

Week 13 ended in tragedy for all fans of the NBA as superstar point guard Rajon Rondo tore the ACL in his right knee.
Rondo suffered the injury in Friday night’s double-overtime game against the Atlanta Hawks.

Despite the injury, which was originally thought to be a hyper-extended knee, Rondo produced his second straight triple-double.

The former Cat, who was voted as an Eastern Conference starter in the upcoming All-star game, will miss the remainder of this season and likely part of the 2013-14 season.

Even without their best player, the Celtics were able to knock off eastern conference rival, Miami Heat 100-98, on Sunday.
When Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat became aware of the news, he became visibly uneasy according to Jackie MacMullan of ESPN.

“No, please. Don’t tell me that,” Wade said to MacMullan. “Oh, that’s awful. Now listen, we have a bad history, but I never wish that on anyone.”

With Rondo dominating the attention of the media, Brandon Knight’s Sunday Knight performance was just an afterthought in the NBA.

The second year pro had arguably the best game in his young career as he willed his Detroit Pistons’ team to a victory over the Orlando Magic. The Pistons edged out the Magic in a close one, 104-102.

Brandon Knight finished with a career-high 31 points while shooting 12 of 16 from the field. The former point guard under UK head coach John Calipari grabbed 4 rebounds and knocked down five 3-pointers in the process.

“The ball bounces funny sometimes,” Knight said in the post game press conference. “But still, you’ve got to be there and get some of those bounces and make some of the effort plays … I gotta commend my teammates on making some of those effort plays toward the end of the game.”

Knight’s teammate, Tayshaun Prince, contributed 7 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 35 minutes for the Pistons in the win on the road.

Another Calipari point guard, John Wall, has made a positive impact on his Wizards’ team since his return from injury.

In 9 games thus far, Wall has helped his team to 6-3 record. This may seem fairly average, but the Wizards were an abysmal 5-28 before their franchise player rejoined the lineup.

Wall is not yet in full swing as he is playing just 25 minutes a game, but he is averaging around 14 points and 7 assists through nine games.

“You get noticed by winning,” Wall told Wizards Insider, Michael Lee. “That’s all I want to do is come back and improve and I think I’m doing that and having a mature game after sitting out so long and know what’s going on. My team is winning now, and that’s all I care about.”

While the Wizards still have improvements to make to be considered a respectable team in the NBA, they certainly have to enjoy the recent success since the return of John Wall.

After an 11 game stint in the Developmental League with the Iowa Energy, Darius Miller was recalled to join the New Orleans Hornets on Sunday.

Miller averaged nearly 10 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists while logging 27 minutes per game for the Energy.

Miller, who spent four years wearing the No. 1 uniform at the University of Kentucky, made appearances in 23 games this season for the Hornets before being assigned to the Iowa Energy on December 31.

Week 14
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Brooklyn Nets (Keith Bogans) vs. Miami Heat 8:00 ET on ESPN
L.A. Lakers (Jodie Meeks) vs. Phoenix Suns 10:30 ET on ESPN

Thursday, January 31, 2013
Oklahoma City Thunder (DeAndre Liggins, Daniel Orton) vs. Memphis Grizzlies 8:00 ET on TNT

Friday, February 1, 2013
L.A. Lakers (Jodie Meeks) @ Minnesota Timberwolves 9:30 ET on ESPN

Player (team) GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG PPG
Eric Bledsoe (Clippers) 46 20.2 .456 .400 .800 3.1 2.8 9.0
Keith Bogans (Nets) 40 17.8 .393 .336 .727 1.6 0.9 3.9
DeMarcus Cousins (Kings) 40 31.9 .437 .250 .776 10.3 2.9 17.6
Anthony Davis (Hornets) 31 28.9 .523 .000 .712 7.8 0.8 12.8
Chuck Hayes (Kings) 44 16.5 .425 .000 .630 3.8 1.5 2.6
Terrence Jones (Rockets) 11 8.3 .382 .250 1.000 1.6 0.5 3.1
Enes Kanter (Jazz) 42 14.5 .552 .000 .733 4.0 0.4 6.3
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Bobcats) 42 26.7 .481 .286 .754 6.0 1.6 10.0
Brandon Knight (Pistons) 44 32.1 .420 .382 .743 3.5 4.3 14.1
Doron Lamb (Bucks) 23 12.2 .347 .250 .533 0.7 0.9 3.4
DeAndre Liggins (Thunder) 22 7.9 .458 .625 .700 1.7 0.4 1.5
Jodie Meeks (Lakers) 40 17.5 .389 .367 .951 1.9 0.9 7.6
Darius Miller (Hornets) 23 13.6 .357 .333 1.000 1.7 1.0 2.0
Nazr Mohammed (Bulls) 31 6.3 .174 .000 .571 1.7 0.2 0.8
Daniel Orton (Thunder) 1 2.0 1.000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 2.0
Patrick Patterson (Rockets) 38 25.3 .494 .358 .744 4.7 1.1 10.9
Tayshaun Prince (Pistons) 44 32.6 .444 .434 .791 4.6 2.5 11.8
Rajon Rondo (Celtics) 38 37.4 .484 .240 .645 5.6 11.1 13.7
Marquis Teague (Bulls) 24 6.5 .367 .000 .625 0.5 1.2 1.7
John Wall (Wizards) 9 25.0 .436 .000 .813 2.4 6.7 14.1