Just when the Lakers were finally beginning to build some steam, ESPN’s Dave McMenamin and The Athletic’s Shams Charania reports that point guard Rajon Rondo has fractured his right hand during the fourth quarter. The news was confirmed by Lakers’ head coach Luke Walton following their 126-117 victory over the Portland Trailblazers on Wednesday night. The injury occurred when Rondo hit his hand against the floor while going for a steal. According to the reports, Rajon Rondo is expected to miss up to four weeks.
The injury to Rajon Rondo comes as a blow to the surging Lakers, as the backup point guard position is less than certain. Luke Walton may look to recall Alex Caruso, one of their two-way players currently playing with the South Bay Lakers. The injury to Rondo most likely means more time for Brandon Ingram at the point to help take some pressure off of Lonzo Ball.