|Posted by shawn cassidy on March 6, 2012 at 1:50 AM|
Rondo seemed to have the best shot at the honor after posting a pair of triple-doubles in four games, including Sunday's historic 18-point, 17-rebound, 20-assist effort in an overtime win over the Knicks. He had previously posted 15 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists in a win over the Bucks. What's more, Rondo outdueled Deron Williams on Friday night, chipping in 14 points and 13 assists in a Boston win. If Rondo hadn't labored through a scoreless (albeit 11-assist) effort in Cleveland on Tuesday, the award seemingly would have been headed his way.
Garnett averaged 20.3 points and 9.5 rebounds as part of Boston's four-win week.
From the NBA's release on Rose's honor: He led Chicago to a 4-0 week with averages of 28.8 points, 7.5 assists and 1.8 steals. Rose tallied 30-plus points twice, including a high of 35 to close the week on March 4 during a 96-91 win at Philadelphia. With three of their four wins coming away from the United Center, Rose’s Bulls own the NBA’s best mark on the road at 17-6 (.739).
Rondo lead the Celtics to a 4-0 week, and so did Rose, but Rondo without question had the historic week. Rose did average more points, but Rondo dished the ball better, and rebounded the ball better, and had two triple doubles in the process. How do you pass up Ronod after Sunday's game? To me this sends the wrong message to fans who think scoring is the only answer.
Hopefully this get under Rondo's skin, but in the end he has one goal in mind, and that's fighting for a second ring.