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Initially reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic, Los Angeles Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo will soon undergo surgery to repair a sprained right ring finger, missing four weeks of action in the process.
The former Kentucky Wildcat had returned to action for just three games after missing the previous 17 contests because of a fracture in the same hand. Rondo is currently averaging 8.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game off the bench, with those numbers increasing to 12.5/6.5/9.9 per 36 minutes. Posting the fourth-highest offensive rating and a sixth-highest net rating of his career, his ability to control the pace of LA’s young team will be missed.
The Lakers are 14-9 without Rondo and 20-15 overall on the season, good for the fifth seed in the Western Conference. Already without star LeBron James for a while due to a groin injury, head coach Luke Walton will be in search of someone within the locker room to step up and lead the team in the absence of two key veterans.
The league’s 17th-ranked team on offense (NBA.com OFFRTG) will turn to second-year point guard Lonzo Ball to pick up the slack. Coming off a performance in which he scored 20 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and assisted on 12 baskets, General Manager Magic Johnson will get a long, hard look at his future at the point guard position.
Stay tuned for updates as/if needed.