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Rondo's return and Rose's rise

Some of the NBA regular season's most notable trends are still impacting play

Updated: April 18, 2011, 12:41 PM ET
By Kevin Pelton | Basketball Prospectus
Getty ImagesRajon Rondo has bounced back, and Derrick Rose is set to challenge some conventions.

All season, we've been looking at some of the most eye-opening trends across the NBA. Here are some of the season's biggest, and what they might mean.

Trend: Rajon Rondo's shooting slump

Then: Between March 13 and March 25, Rondo shot 29.2 percent from the field and had a difficult time finishing at the rim.

Now: The Boston Celtics gave Rondo the night off March 27 to rest an injured pinkie finger, and he returned revitalized for the stretch run. For the rest of the season, Rondo was close to his usual self. While this showed up most dramatically in his shooting percentage, it also affected the rest of his game.


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