Rajon Rondo to play for Lakers vs. Celtics after 3-game absence
Rondo has been sidelined for the past three games due to a finger injury. He was initially listed as questionable before being upgraded to a game-time decision hours before tip-off.
Luckily for the Lakers, the 33-year-old floor general was deemed good to go.
Rajon Rondo (avulsion fracture, right ring finger) is available to play tonight.
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) January 20, 2020
Rondo has been a solid backup point guard for the Lakers, helping ease LeBron James of his playmaking duties. He is averaging 7.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game while shooting 40.6 percent from the field, 35.2 percent from deep and 80.0 percent from the free-throw line.
While his numbers don’t jump off the page, he has proven that he has still a lot left in his tank. In fact, in their recent game against the Oklahoma City Thunder — when LeBron James and Anthony Davis are out — Rondo stepped up big time. He registered 21 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists to propel the Lakers to a 125-110 victory over OKC.
Rajon Rondo will likely be limited in his return as the Lakers exercise caution on his injury. Fortunately, there’s no pressure for him to carry a big load since the team went 2-1 in his absence.
In another positive development for the Purple and Gold franchise, Anthony Davis has been given the green light to play against the Celtics earlier in the day. However, he will be restricted to 28 minutes, according to head coach Frank Vogel.