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BBNBA: Rondo’s Game-Winner and Trade Deadline Wrap-up

(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Good morning, folks. Did the trade deadline treat you well? I was an exuberant small child on Christmas morning. Rajon Rondo also hit a game-winner to beat his former team. It was a great day. Let’s talk NBA.


  • Starting with the game of the night in Boston, the Los Angeles Lakers were able to steal a massive victory on the road against the Celtics. Amid trade rumors that practically the entire Lakers young core was susceptible to being dealt, the team came together late to pull out a feel-good (and necessary) win. LeBron James posted a 28-point triple-double, but it was the first ever career game-winning field goal by Rajon Rondo – who knocked down a midrange jumper off a loose ball right at the buzzer – that stole the show. The ball hit literally nothing but the net.

  • Rondo finished the game with an impressive stat line of 17 points, seven rebounds, and 10 assists for the Lakers, who pushed themselves back to a game over .500 with the win and back into the playoff discussion.
  • Our second star of the night was Karl-Anthony Towns as he led the BBNBA in scoring with 27 points on an efficient 12-16 shooting from the field (2-3 from three) to go along with 11 boards and five dimes. However, his Timberwolves squad was bested by the Orlando Magic, 112-122.

  • Isaiah Briscoe shot a perfect 3-3 for seven points against Towns and the Wolves, adding three rebounds and three assists in 19 minutes.

Other notes

  • The trade deadline wrapped up yesterday and things got a bit crazy towards the end. The BBNBA didn’t see too much movement, but here’s a recap of everything that went down.
  • As you all probably know by now, Anthony Davis was not moved at the deadline. Now it appears that the Pelicans are going to let him play and they don’t really have a say in the matter. If Davis wants to play, he’s going to play. The Pelicans take on KAT and the Wolves Friday night and Davis is cleared to play, so we’ll see what actually happens. Sounds like he should play, though.
  • Check out the full stat sheet below.


PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)112-122 L @ ORL2712-16 (2-3)115003-936
Rajon Rondo (LAL)129-128 W @ BOS177-11 (3-4)710003-935
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (LAC)92-116 L @ IND82-4 (0-1)16015-926
Isaiah Briscoe (ORL)122-112 W vs. MIN73-3 (0-0)33101+419
Patrick Patterson (OKC)117-95 W vs. MEM52-2 (1-1)41102020
Nerlens Noel (OKC)117-95 W vs. MEM42-4 (0-0)63300-1220
Hamidou Diallo (OKC)117-95 W vs. MEM21-1 (0-0)10100+11
Alex Poythress (ATL)101-119 L vs. TORDNP-CD---------------


7:00: Knicks (Knox) @ Pistons

7:00 (ESPN): Nuggets (Lyles, Murray, Vanderbilt) @ 76ers

7:00: Cavaliers (Knight-out) @ Wizards (Wall-out)

7:30: Bulls @ Nets

8:30: Bucks (Bledsoe) @ Mavericks

9:00: Warriors (Cousins) @ Suns (Booker-questionable)

9:30 (ESPN): Timberwolves (Towns) @ Pelicans (Davis, Miller, Randle)

10:00: Heat (Adebayo) @ Kings (Cauley-Stein, Fox)

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Article written by Zack Geoghegan

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2 responses to “BBNBA: Rondo’s Game-Winner and Trade Deadline Wrap-up”

  1. Smyrna_Cat

    “Now it appears that the Pelicans are going to let him play and they don’t really have a say in the matter. If Davis wants to play, he’s going to play.”

    Actually, that is not correct. The Pelicans have a lot to say about if he DOES play.

  2. IrishCat

    Rondo is, and has been, a highly underrated point guard in the league. His value is much higher than the sum of his stats. He might be a jerk, but he’s a winner.