Rajon Rondo is officially out for the Orlando return due to a hand injury suffered during practice on Sunday evening. Rondo reportedly fractured his right thumb and is expected to have surgery. He will miss 6-8 weeks post surgery per sources.
Who will Step in?
With the recent signings of J.R. Smith and Dion Waiters, the Lakers are very guard heavy, however, they only have two other backup point guards in Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Quinn Cook. I expect a LeBron James and a handful of shooting guards to step into the role of point guard for the Lakers. Most of the season LeBron ran the guard spot for LA. We will most likely see our new players in Smith and Waiters step into the roll of point guard with LeBron being the main facilitator. Expect a lot more offensive firepower from the Lakers moving forward.
The starting unit should look something like this: LeBron at point guard, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope at shooting guard, Danny Green at small forward, Anthony Davis at power forward, and Dwight Howard at center. We might even see Kyle Kuzma thrown in the starting unit early on.
How does Rondo’s absence affect the Lakers?
Rondo averaged 7.1 points, 5 assists, and 3 rebounds in the 48 games he played with the Lakers this season. Obviously these aren’t incredible stats number wise, but Rondo has been a key two-way player his whole career. He also has the finals experience this roster needs, along with finals appearances by Howard, James, McGee, Cook, Green, and Smith. This team is well experienced, but every loss will be felt.
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