Rajon Rondo might beat you at H-O-R-S-E

One of the better NBA blogs out there, The Painted Area, has returned from a month-long layoff to break down a few NBA.com Hot Spots for us. For those of you that aren't obsessed with Matt Harpring's effectiveness on the right baseline, NBA.com Hot Spots are a compilation of just how well each player shoots in 12 different spots on the floor, from 27 feet out to right in front of the rim. The page is constantly updated, and it's a pretty cool tool for those of us that sometimes like to do things that aren't that cool.

Among looks at Yao Ming, Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash's work this season (and compared to seasons past), The Painted Area had this to say about Rajon Rondo's 2007-08 turnaround:

Rondo certainly seems to be finishing at the basket better, but man oh man, check out those mid-range numbers. It might be a shocker to anyone who watched him launch those backboard-breakers which killed the C's in OT vs. CLE recently, but he is up from .279 to .537 on his mid-range jumpers.

Not only that, but Rajon clearly has much more confidence in his shot, as he's made more mid-range shots so far than he did in all of last season and launched nearly two-thirds as many. He's eschewed the three, and mid-range jumpers now account for twice as large a share of his total shots as last year.

C's fans: maybe there's hope yet that the kid can knock down an open shot or two in a big moment, DJ-style.

Not this DJ, mind you.

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