Rajon Rondo the scapegoat as Dallas Mavericks well beaten by Houston Rockets

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The NBA playoffs are in full swing but, while some teams are firing on all cylinders, the Dallas Mavericks are struggling to hit top gear. One top name appears to have paid the price for that last night.

In the NFL the schedule for the 2015 season is out and, as is tradition, has been criticized in some quarters. Meanwhile, in hockey, it took over 100 minutes to separate two playoff teams last night.

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We begin with the NBA playoffs where things went from bad to worse for the Dallas Mavericks last night.

The seventh seeds out West went 2-0 down in their series with the Houston Rockets after a 111-99 defeat. Rajon Rondo was benched for the entire second half (bar one minute of action) by coach Rick Carlisle in a move that many believe signals the end of the point guard’s brief spell in Dallas.

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Rondo has the opportunity to enter free agency in the summer and, with his relationship with Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle in particular disintegrating, it is looking increasingly likely that the former Celtics man will be seeking a new deal.

After a lacklustre night on the court on Tuesday though - benched without a word from Carlisle - just how many teams will be after his signature. The Lakers are likely still to make a run but the way he is playing right now might be knocking dollars off any offer by the minute.

Other playoff action on the night saw the Washington Wizards beat the Toronto Raptors on the road, whilst LeBron James and Kyrie Irving put on a fourth quarter show as the Cavs saw off the Celtics to move two up in their series.


Across to the NFL and the schedule for the 2015 season has been revealed and we now know the reigning Super Bowl champions, the New England Patriots will kick off their season against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Some have been quick to criticize the lay out though with this year's Thanksgiving games in particular coming under fire. The trio of contests see the Bears take on the Packers, Carolina vs Dallas and the Philadelphia Eagles return on the primetime date for a game versus the Lions.


And finally, in the NHL, a triple overtime goal from Brent Seabrook gave the Chicago Blackhawks a 3-1 series lead over the Nashville Predators in last night’s playoff action.

The game-winner came with the 100th shot on goal of the night and puts the Blackhawks in a commanding position heading into Game Five.

NBA fans: Does Rondo deserve the criticism, and where will he be playing next season? Have your say in the comments section below...

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