As for Rondo, he too was showing off the court vision that has always marked his game. He notched a career-high 25 assists in the Pelicans’ 128-113 win against the Brooklyn Nets, marking the second time this season he had the most assists in a game. Rondo became the first player since Jason Kidd on Feb. 8, 1996 to record 25-plus assists in a game.
‘The No. 1 thing is we got the win. And then me, personally, I love passing the ball,” Rondo told reporters after the game. ”I’ve been blessed to play with a lot of great players, and what I take pride in is making those guys’ jobs easier.”
That night, against the Cavaliers, Iverson dropped 54 points in Cleveland to power a 107-104 victory. He had 15 points in the first quarter, 13 in the second quarter, 16 more in the third quarter and 10 in the fourth quarter to get to 51. This was the third 50-point game in his career, one in which he would log eight more 50-point games to reach 11 in his career.
Iverson was coming off a 41-point performance against Seattle when he broke his own Gund Arena record of 50 points. His 50-point outburst was one of two 50-point games that season, as Iverson logged 51 points 15 days later in a loss to the Toronto Raptors.
Thomas, sidelined with a hip injury since last season’s Eastern Conference finals, will make his debut for the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers.
After months of rehab, the All-Star point guard will take the floor for the first time with the Cavaliers, who acquired him last summer in the blockbuster trade that sent Kyrie Irving to the Celtics.
For the Cavs, Isaiah Thomas is making his long-awaited debut. After months of rehab, the All-Star point guard will take the floor for the first time with the Cavaliers, who acquired him last summer in the blockbuster trade that sent Kyrie Irving to the Celtics. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said Thomas will come off the bench and nba throwback jerseys and initially will play limited minutes.
Also, he will not play in back-to-back games as he builds up strength, which means he won’t face the Celtics on Wednesday night in Boston.
It’s a tricky question because nobody’s sure how much longer LeBron intends to play (three more years at a high level is my guess because Father Time is undefeated). And we’re not sure where he’ll play after this season, which will also affect his role going forward. And yet: My guess is he’ll finish higher on the scoring charts, naturally, maybe ahead of Kobe Bryant at No. 3 and in assists, either just above or just below Oscar Robertson, who sits at the No. 6 spot. That will juice the argument that LeBron is the best talent we’ve ever seen, while Michael Jordan is the best all-around (player, winner).
Given how well he’s playing at the age of 33, it’s hard to guess how many more years he’ll play or if he’ll ever miss more than just a few games to injury. But my best guess is No. 2 in scoring (in the 37,000 range) and No. 3 in assists (between 10 and 11,000). He has swapped out some of his mid-range shots for threes and is shooting those better, so he doesn’t have to attack quite as much to stay in the 25-28 points-per-game range. Also, the Heat figured out how to best complement him (with shooting), the Cavs followed suit, and whatever team(s) he plays for going forward will know the same. So even if his scoring slows down, the assists will be there.
Thomas looked rested, healthy, fresh and determined. He took his time during rehab and it showed: 19 minutes, 17 points. Even better for the Cavs, he showed he belonged. It’s a small sample size, but this bodes well. Only question is whose minutes/shots are getting trimmed and will that player be fine with it.
I took note of how aggressive he was. There was no taking it slow and just facilitating. He was using his quickness off the dribble to get to the basket or create an advantage to put the Portland Trail Blazers in rotation. There was some rust, but if he’s already that confident in what his body can do, he’s going to make the Cavs a better offensive team very soon.