High-Octane Mavericks Offense Stuck in Neutral With Rondo at the Wheel

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The honeymoon for Rajon Rondo in Dallas is definitely over. The former Celtics’ point guard traded to the Mavericks on Dec. 18, has struggled since the big move and he’s taken Dallas’s highly thought of offense down a peg with him.

Perhaps the most perplexing aspect of Rondo’s problems revolves around his assist totals. He averaged eight dimes per game in his initial six-game run with the Mavs before the calendar flipped to 2015, but that number dropped to six per contest in 15 January games. After missing almost three weeks due to facial fractures suffered in a collision against the Magic in late January, he’s dished just 13 total assists in three games since his return.

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Meanwhile, the Mavs are in a virtual tie with Portland for the 4-seed in the death trap that is the Western Conference, percentage points ahead of the Clippers and a game behind Houston for the 3-seed. They’ve won two in a row (with Rondo shooting better than 50 percent from the floor and averaging 10.5 points) but with so many point guards flying across the NBA landscape at last week’s trade deadline, it’s fair to wonder whether Dallas jumped too soon when making its deal with the Celtics.

Oh and then there’s this, just for the sake of reference. It’s safe to say Celtics fans will no longer have to worry about one of their primary ball handlers getting to the line any longer.

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