Rondo's assist streak ends after ejection

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Rondo's assist streak ends after ejection

BOSTON -- The streak is over.
Rajon Rondo's stretch of 37 consecutive games with 10 or more assists came to an end Wednesday night when he was ejected with 29.5 seconds to go in the first half following an altercation with Kris Humphries during a heated battle against the New Jersey Nets.
The Boston Celtics point guard left the game with three assists, still a ways away if he had continued to play. On Sunday, he tied John Stockton for second all-time behind Magic Johnson, who reached the mark in 46 games.
Rondo began his stretch on March 11, 2012 with 10 dimes against the Los Angeles Lakers. He dished 20 three times during the streak, including twice this season.
The streak nearly ended on November 18 against the Detroit Pistons, but Rondo found Jared Sullinger for his tenth assist in the closing minute of a 20-point loss.
"Anytime any player is mentioned with those two guys, that means he's done something special," head coach Doc Rivers said after the Pistons game.
Rondo dismissed the individual importance of the streak. Following last week's loss to the San Antonio Spurs, he diverted attention away from himself and on to the final result.
"It's all about winning and we lost, so individual numbers don't matter," he said.
Throughout the past 37 games, Rondo consistently credited his teammates for making shots.
"It's something I look forward to every night," he said of his assists. "Just trying to make my teammates happy, and somehow I keep getting to ten."
Rondo reached his historical streak his own way, with deceptive passes and flashy ball handling. On Wednesday when he decided to go after Humphries, he ended it his way, too.

Bruins don't extend qualifying offer to Joe Morrow

Bruins don't extend qualifying offer to Joe Morrow

With free agency just around the corner, the Bruins have officially cut ties with former first-round pick and last bastion of the Tyler Seguin trade, Joe Morrow.

The 24-year-old Edmonton native arrived in Boston along with Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser in exchange for Seguin when he was shipped to Dallas, and now all of those players have moved on from Boston as well. Boston does still carry Jimmy Hayes on their roster, a player traded from Florida in exchange for Smith, as a last remnant of the Seguin deal, but it isn't expected to be too long before Hayes moves on from Boston as well.  

The B’s announced on Monday afternoon that they hadn’t extended a qualifying offer to Morrow, as well as P-Bruins power forward Colton Hargrove, as a restricted free agent, and that both B’s youngsters were now free to sign with any of the 30 NHL teams as free agents.

The Bruins extended qualifying offers to restricted free agents in Noel Acciari, Linus Arnesson, Austin Czarnik, Zane McIntyre, David Pastrnak, Tim Schaller, Ryan Spooner and Malcolm Subban, and will retain the associated team rights with all of those players. Negotiations are ongoing between the Bruins and Pastrnak continue over a long term deal that would put him in the same $6 million plus per season level as teammate Brad Marchand, but one source with knowledge of the negotiations indicated it’s “not close” to being a done deal.

Some RFA’s like Spooner and Subban might not necessarily fit into the long term plan for the Black and Gold, but they need to maintain their rights if they hope to trade them as valued assets down the line.

Morrow never put together the talent that made him a former first-round pick while he was in Boston, and totaled just one assist in 17 games for the B’s before playing well in five playoff games after getting pushed into duty due to injuries. In all Morrow finished with two goals and nine points along with a minus-8 rating in 65 games over three seasons in Boston, but could never string together an extended run of consistent play at the NHL level.

With the Bruins in the market to bring on another left-shot defenseman into the Boston fold this summer, it was pretty clear that the time had come to move on from Morrow while allowing him to potentially develop as an NHL D-man elsewhere. 

Tom Brady claims No. 1 spot on NFL's top 100 list

Tom Brady claims No. 1 spot on NFL's top 100 list

The NFL Network revealed the final 10 players on its annual Top 100 list Monday night and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady finished in the No. 1 spot.

On NFL.com, the Top 100 list is described as the answer to the question, "Who are the top 100 players in the NFL today?" If that's the criteria -- and not simply performance in 2016 -- then Watt's complaint actually doesn't hold much water. If he's healthy, no one would argue that he's one of the best 35 players "in the NFL today."

Several Patriots players made the cut on this year's list: Rob Gronkowski (No. 23), LeGarrette Blount (No. 80), Julian Edelman (No. 71), Dont'a Hightower (No. 94) and Malcolm Butler (No. 99). 

Brady was also voted in as the No. 1 player back in 2011.