Much is made in Houston of superstars like James Harden and Dwight Howard or crafty veterans like Jason Terry and Corey Brewer that a key cog in Terrence Jones is often overlooked. Jones was stellar in Game 1 with the PF scoring 19 points, nabbing 9 rebounds, and dealing 6 dimes. Last year in his playoff debut, Jones was dominated by the much larger LaMarcus Aldridge. This year against the defense of Dirk he’s already off to a great showing.
If the Rockets win the series TJ could next be matched up with Blake Griffin and then Draymon Green in the Western Finals. The path is set up for the real Terrence Jones to become a household name.
Tonight’s game is do or die for Rajon Rondo and the Dallas Maverick experiment. Saturday’s game wasn’t exactly Rondo’s finest hour as he went 7-16 (two more attempts than Dirk) from the floor for 15 points, dished only 5 assists, and grabbed no rebounds. Most telling of all, the Mavs were -25 during Rondo’s 27 minutes on the floor which lead some to suggest Dallas would be better off with Rajon on the bench.
Rondo is heading into free agency this summer so he needs to have a better showing in the playoffs. He’s only 29 but after 9 NBA seasons, multiple injuries, and an all-out style of play it is beginning to look like Rondo’s best days may be behind him. So far he hasn’t given the Mavs much of a reason to offer him a mega-contract. A strong showing tonight could easily change that.
Who you got in game 2?