How do Rondo, Rose stack up?


How do Rondo, Rose stack up?

When the Boston Celtics take on the Chicago Bulls on Sunday afternoon at the TD Garden, the match up will be headlined by the battle of the point guards, Rajon Rondo and Derrick Rose.

Rondo returned from a wrist injury last week and Rose is expected to play after sitting out Fridays game against the Charlotte Bobcats with tightness in his back.

The Celtics and Bulls have met once this season, with the Bulls taking a 88-79 win in Boston. Rose led all players with 25 points (9-21 FG, 2-6 3PG, 5-7 FT) and added seven assists and seven rebounds in 39 minutes. Rondo played 40 minutes, recording 14 points (5-10 FG, 4-6 FT), 11 assists, and seven boards.

See how the dueling point guards compare as they head into Sundays contest.

Differentials from 2010-11 season averages are noted in parentheses.

Points per game
Rondo: 13.1 (2.5)
Rose: 22.0 (-3.0)

Minutes per game
Rondo: 36.7 (-0.5)
Rose: 35.5 (-1.9)

Assists per game
Rondo: 9.5 (-1.7)
Rose: 7.8 (0.1)

Rebounds per game
Rondo: 4.6 (0.2)
Rose: 3.4 (-0.7)

Field Goal Percentage
Rondo: 48.9 (1.4)
Rose: 46.2 (1.7)

Free Throw Percentage
Rondo: 59.5 (2.7)
Rose: 84.1 (-1.7)

Rondo: 1.6 (-0.6)
Rose: 0.9 (-0.1)

Rondo: 3.78 (0.34)
Rose: 2.87 (-0.56)

Over the last five games Rondo is averaging 8.2 points, 9.8 assists, and 3.4 rebounds. Rose has played in four of the Bulls last five games, averaging 17.0 points, 8.0 assists, and 4.0 rebounds.

Jamie Collins says he'll play quarterback for Patriots if they need him


Jamie Collins says he'll play quarterback for Patriots if they need him

FOXBORO -- It's looking more and more like the Patriots will have options at quarterback Sunday against the Bills. Both Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett threw at practice on Wednesday, and it appears that at least one of them, if not both, will be available for the final game of Tom Brady's suspension. 

Patriots receiver Julian Edelman is the likely candidate to jump behind center should the team run into an emergency, but on Wednesday another player threw his hat into the ring. 

"Yeah, I'll play," said linebacker Jamie Collins. "Whatever it is. I don't care what the level is. I don't care what the level is. Whatever it is they need me to do, I'm doing it."

That would be some kind of show.

At 6-foot-3, 250 pounds, and with remarkable closing speed, Collins would be an intimidating run-first signal-caller. He's listed at two inches shorter and five pounds heavier than Carolina quarterback Cam Newton, and his NFL Scouting Combine 40-yard dash time was only 0.05 seconds slower than Newton's. 

Just to take this pie-in-the-sky idea even further, Collins can throw, too. Or he could at one point in time. He played quarterback at Franklin County High in Meadville, Miss. before heading off to Southern Mississippi to play all over the Golden Eagles defense. As a high school senior, he cracked 1,000 yards both on the ground and through the air.

Asked if he saw himself back then as a future star in the NFL as a passer, Collins shook his head.

"Nah," he said. "I ain't even see myself as a quarterback in the NFL."

The Patriots would be just fine with Collins sticking at linebacker. He had one of the best games of his career against the Texans last week, racking up 14 tackles and picking off Houston quarterback Brock Osweiler. He also made the calls in the middle of the defense, which is a job that typically falls to Dont'a Hightower, but Collins took over with Hightower out with a knee injury.

"Jamie Collins, he's a beast, man," said safety Duron Harmon after the game. "I tell you what, I've seen a lot of football players play, and he's definitely one of my favorite players to just watch. You just get caught up sometimes seeing all the amazing stuff he does on the field, you just sit in awe. I'm so happy he's on my team, I'll tell you that."

And the team is happy he's at linebacker. But imagine him at quarterback?