Breaking news from the Twitter account of our own A. Sherrod Blakely:
CelticsTalk: Celtics Rajon Rondo has all but clinched the NBA assist title. Steve Nash will need 76 in the next 2 games. nothappening A. Sherrod Blakely (@SherrodbCSN) April 24, 2012
Pretty cool. As I noted in a retweet, Rondo will become the first Celtic assist king since Bob Cousy in 1960 the last of Cooz's eight straight crowns. But unfortunately, there's one aspect of Rondo's assist title that won't match what Cooz did back in '60.
That is, because Rondo missed so many games, he won't lead the NBA in total assists. Instead, for the third straight season and the sixth time in the last eight seasons, that title will belong to Steve Nash (who leads Rondo by 40 assists at posting).
But on the other hand, there's something about Rondo's 2012 season that Bob Cousy himself never achieved.
Cousy never averaged more than 10 assists in a season.
Now obviously times have changed, and the rules on what constitutes an assist are looser than Lindsay Lohan, Still, an impressive achievement for Rondo.
His first career assist title.
The first Celtics assists title in 52 years.
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Tonight’s pregame number is 133. That’s the total number of made 3-point field goals made last season by the players starting for the Bulls tonight. Whatever the Bulls reasons for signing Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade were this offseason, floor spacing was not one of them.
Wade’s career mark of 28.4 percent from distance is the third-worst percentage among active players with 600+ career attempts, while Rondo’s 28.9 career 3-pt FG% is seventh worst. And, for what it’s worth, the new-look Bulls shot 31.8 percent from beyond the arc (21st in the NBA) this preseason, while hitting 7.7 3-pointers per game.
Despite allowing 15 3’s last night vs the Nets, perimeter defense should once again be a strength for the Celtics. Last season, the Celtics were fourth in the NBA with an opponent 3-pt FG% of 33.6. They were 38-15 when holding opponents to eight or fewer 3’s.
With the NBA continuing to trend towards more 3-point shooting, it will be interesting to see how Fred Hoiberg’s offense looks this season, and especially tonight vs the Celtics.
Thursday's practice participation/injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Bills game:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
TE Martellus Bennett (ankle)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Jamie Collins (hip)
WR Julian Edelman (foot)
DL Woodrow Hamilton (shoulder)
LB Shea McClellin (concussion)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (hamstring)
LB Elandon Roberts (ankle)
DL Vincent Valentine (back)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
LB Zach Brown (illness)
TE Cordy Glenn (ankle)
WR Marquise Goodwin (concussion)
G Richie Incognito (illness)
RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring)
S Aaron Williams (neck)
DT Corbin Bryan (shoulder)
TE Charles Clay (knee)
DT Marcell Dareus (hamstring)
RB Mike Gillislee (foot)
LB Jerry Hughes (hand)
LB Lerentee McCray (knee)
G John Miller (shoulder)
WR Robert Woods (foot)
T Seantreal Henderson (back)
OFF THE LIST
LB Lorenzo Alexander (non-injury related)
DT Adolphus Washington (illness)