Antoine Walker and Cedric Maxwell locked up in a tight matchup on Friday, with Max coming out on top. 54% of you had Max taking that 1-on-1 matchup. He now moves on to face Tommy Heinsohn in a future-broadcaster vs. future-broadcaster free-for-all.
That's a few days off. Today, we're focusing on our next game, 19th overall seed Rick Fox against 14th overall Rajon Rondo.
(14) Rajon Rondo:
1-on-1 Advantage: Speed, defense. With no help defense in a 1-on-1 game, Rondo's speed becomes an even bigger advantage than usual. A quick first step and superior ball-handling ability get him past most defenders and he has that uncanny knack for spinning balls off the backboard for layups. He can also be a tenacious on-ball defender, assuming he doesn't go for the steal every time.
1-on-1 Disadvantage: Shooting, size. His unreliable jumper may fail him if defenders sag off him. He's a good rebounder in 5-on-5 games because he can get lost in the shuffle. That won't apply here as he's the only player that needs to be boxed out. Missing early J's could hurt him terrible in this make-it, take-it game.
(19) Rick Fox
1-on-1 Advantage: Shooting. As primarily a wing player for the Celtics, Fox never shot less than 45.4% and never had a true shooting % less than 53.1. At 6'7", he can use his size to back a smaller player down and get a very-reliable mid-range jumper off.
1-on-1 Disadvantage: Speed. He's susceptible to a fast player and he lacks the close-down speed or jumping ability to get the chase-down block.