Rajon Rondo was initially alleged to be day-to-day with a sprained finger, however on Friday we acquired phrase the 32-year-old wanted surgical procedure to restore the Grade Three sprain. Based on Shams Charania of The Athletic, Rondo will now miss a month as he recovers. That is a fully devastating blow to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Up to now this season, Rondo has missed time attributable to a suspension, a hand harm, and now this finger sprain. It hasn’t been the smoothest transition to LA for him. He’s solely performed in 14 video games this 12 months.
Whereas Rondo isn’t essentially the most proficient participant on the Lakers’ roster, he’s a frontrunner and has been one of many staff’s only gamers when he’s truly seen the ground. The Lakers have been significantly better when he’s been accessible. Since October 31, they’re Eight-2 when he performs. He’s at present averaging Eight.four factors, 6.7 assists and four.four rebounds in 24.four minutes per recreation.
Rondo joins fellow staff leaders LeBron James and JaVale McGee on the injured checklist, which implies the staff’s younger gamers should step up.
On Thursday evening the Lakers’ younger core seemed to be working the Sacramento Kings out of their very own constructing. Then actuality hit they usually surrendered a 15-point lead, dropping on a buzzer-beating Three-pointer from Bogdan Bogdanovic. That collapse needed to be horrible for staff morale, particularly after so many nice performances over the primary 40-ish minutes of the sport.
Lonzo Ball completed the Kings recreation with 20 factors, 12 assists and 9 rebounds in 37 minutes. Kyle Kuzma had 33 factors, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in 40 minutes and Brandon Ingram poured in 22 factors in 38 minutes. Sadly, Ball suffered calf cramps late within the recreation and needed to be pulled, whereas Kuzma and Ingram mixed for 11 turnovers and struggled defensively down the stretch.
With Rondo out a month and James day-to-day, the Lakers want the younger guys to step up. Ball and Ingram will doubtless take over many of the ball-handling duty, which implies they’ll even be known as upon to make issues occur on offense.
When the Lakers have struggled offensively this 12 months, Rondo has been capable of make issues occur. He has the power to create performs when every part breaks down on offense. Ball, Ingram and Kuzma now must show they’ll do the identical.
Rondo’s prolonged absence may show to be factor for the younger Lakers, however within the short-term it’s a very robust blow to a staff that desperately wants on-court management.
That younger Lakers core we’ve heard a lot about must develop up in a rush.