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Baron Davis gives friendly Rajon Rondo advice to Lakers after stunning defeat vs. Rockets

Baron Davis, Rajon Rondo, Lakers

Retired NBA player Baron Davis shared his two cents following the Los Angeles Lakers’ stunning defeat to the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of their West semisfinals series on Friday.

B-Diddy was quite critical of Lakers head coach Frank Vogel’s decision to give the returning Rajon Rondo extensive minutes. Rondo, after all, is playing in his first official match since March 10 after injuring his thumb before the beginning of the bubble games in Orlando, Florida.

Rajon Rondo played 25 minutes against the Rockets on Friday, putting up decent numbers of eight points (3-of-9 FG and 2-of-5 from deep) along with three boards, four assists, two steals and one block. However, it was apparent that the one-time NBA champion still needed to shake off a few cobwebs upon his return.

Rockets point guard Russell Westbrook completely outplayed Rondo, going for 24 points, nine rebounds, six assists and one steal in 32 minutes.

Rondo’s return certainly took a chunk out of Alex Caruso’s playing time, who only played 16 minutes on Friday. The Lakers’ fan-favorite, however, put up a much efficient outing than Rondo with 14 points, two boards, four assists and one steal.

Vogel, meanwhile, defended his decision to stick by the battle-tested Rondo in Game 1.

It truly is puzzling why Vogel elected to keep Rondo on the floor despite the Lakers having more success with Caruso in Game 1. Perhaps he was hoping to get the fabled “Playoff Rondo” against the Rockets. However, it’s a bit of an ask for a 34-year-old point guard coming off an extremely long lay-off.

The Lakers, meanwhile, will look to bounce back in Game 2 on Sunday. Their curious case at the point guard position will certainly play a big factor in the outcome of this series.