On Rondo's assist title


On Rondo's assist title

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.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Price asks Red Sox fans for support: 'We will get through this'


Price asks Red Sox fans for support: 'We will get through this'

If you're upset with the way the Red Sox have played recently, well, David Price understands.

But things, he vows, will get better. And he adds that it's only when you've been in the deepest valley that you can appreciate the highest mountain.

Or something like that . . .

Rodriguez shipped back to PawSox as Sox seek rotation answers

Rodriguez shipped back to PawSox as Sox seek rotation answers

After Eduardo Rodriguez's horrific performance Monday night against the Rays -- 11 hits and 9 earned runs allowed in 2 2/3 innings, leading to a 13-7 Red Sox loss to a team that entered the game riding an 11-game losing streak -- the Sox succumbed to the obvious and shipped him back to Pawtucket.  

And they got no argument from Sean McAdam.

"I think this is the right move," CSN's Red Sox Insider told Dalen Cuff on Monday night's SportsNet Central. "Because, clearly, the step forward that [Rodriguez] took, however small, last week was more than wiped out and (he) regressed this evening the way he pitched. And things have to be worked out, both in terms of execution and his approach . . . "

In six starts this season covering 29 1/3 innings -- less than five innings a start -- Rodriguez has been, in a word, awful. His 1-3 record is bad enough, but couple that with an 8.59 ERA, an opponents' batting average of .315, a WHIP of 1.74 and nine home runs allowed (a rate that projects out to about 45 homers allowed in a 150-inning season), and you can see why a change had to be made.

“The bottom line is, [Rodriguez] is capable of more," said manager John Farrell.

But now comes the next question: Who replaces him? And that, noted McAdam, has no easy answer.

"What it means for the rotation going forward is completely uncertain," McAdam told Cuff. "In fact, (Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski) told us that there was no corresponding move. Of course, because this turn doesn't come up in the rotation for another five days with the off-day Thursday, it's not anything they need to address (immediately). And in all likelihood, they'll probably get somebody to pitch out of the bullpen here until that turn comes up."

So the Sox get five days to ponder a problem that seems, in many ways unsolvable.

"[There] aren't a lot of good candidates internally," McAdam noted, "and it's unlikely there's going to be any sort of trade . . . in the next four days to fill that spot