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Rajon Rondo enters NBA bubble ahead of playoffs

Lakers, Rajon Rondo

The Los Angeles Lakers will be boosted by the return of veteran point guard Rajon Rondo, who just recently entered the bubble after undergoing surgery on his injured thumb in mid-July.

This report comes via Lakers insider Harrison Faigen of Silver Screen & Roll:

To be clear, Rondo has not yet been cleared for play, and he will not be able to take the court immediately even after his mandatory quarantine period. When he went under the knife in mid-July, he was given a six-to-eight-week timetable for his return, which means that at the earliest, Rondo might be able to suit up for LA in the first round of the playoffs. Then again, he has had a lengthy spell on the sidelines, so the coaching staff will likely keep him on some sort of minutes limit early on.

Nevertheless, the return of Rondo serves as great news for the Lakers, who have struggled inside the Disney World bubble. Despite securing the top seed in the conference, LA has lost four out of its seven seeding games thus far. They close out their regular season on Thursday against the Sacramento Kings, and will be looking to build some momentum entering the postseason.

Rondo has seen a significant dip in his role for the Lakers in his second season with the squad. The 34-year-old has settled into a reserve role for LA, and is currently averaging 7.1 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists in 5 minutes per contest. Nonetheless, he is still a key player for the team, and his return will be significant for the Lakers’ championship aspirations.