Lakers’ Rondo Expected to Return for LA vs. Minnesota Game

January 23, 2019 | CBN

Lakers’ Rondo Expected to Return for LA vs. Minnesota Game

Could this be “Rondo to the Rescue”?

Los Angeles Lakers’ point guard Rajon Rondo is scheduled to make a return to his team this Thursday in a game against the Timberwolves, which may be just what the Lakers need after their last two consecutive losses. The 32-year-old Rondo had been sitting out for the past 14 games due to recovery from a surgery that was performed to repair a ligament in his right ring finger.

Unfortunately however, with Rondo’s return comes the loss of 21-year-old point guard Lonzo Ball, who will be out for the next 4-6 weeks due to a Grade 3 left ankle sprain.

Brandon Ingram, also 21, is the step-in point guard for the time being. While his assist-to-turnover ratio might be poor, he does have a rather impressive assist percentage – 20.8 percent – all without James, Ball and Rondo on the court with him. (via Hoopshype.com)

"It gives us a leader, a leader on the basketball floor," Said Ingram of Rondo. "Puts us in our spots on the offensive end. Pushes the pace, he can score the basketball. And it just makes our team better." (via ESPN.com)

King James, on the other hand, who has missed 14 games as well due to a left groin strain, has an undetermined return date. This is in fact the longest James has been out over his 16-year NBA career.

“I know you know how serious [LeBron] is about his rehab”, said coach Luke Walton. “So he's doing everything possible and we've talked. I know he's dying to get back on the basketball court, but he also knows that getting healthy is the top priority. So whenever that day comes, he'll be back out there, but I would say right now I feel more confident about Rondo being ready for Thursday." (via ESPN.com)

We certainly hope to see Rondo make a triumphant return on Thursday.

 

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