Pelicans’ Rajon Rondo to ramp up to 14-16 minutes vs. Raptors
Following a successful comeback against the Atlanta Hawks on Monday, New Orleans Pelicans point man Rajon Rondo is slated to see his five-minute stint on the court triple on Wednesday, expected to get from 14 to 16 minutes on the floor, according to Jim Eichenhofer of NBA.com.
Rondo racked up two points and two assists in his very limited playing time, surely having an effect on this team after missing the first 13 games of the season.
“We want him out there, and obviously he’s going to be an integral part of what we’re trying to do,” head coach Alvin Gentry said. “You can see, just in the few minutes he played, that he can do a lot of things from the standpoint of keeping us organized and putting us in certain situations. I think he’s going to be really good at that.”
Rondo is expected to share the backcourt with Jrue Holiday upon his full return to playing shape, giving the team another playmaker on the floor, and reviving a great chemistry with big man DeMarcus Cousins, who has started the season on a tear.
“It was a great feeling, just to be out there with my teammates, instead of cheering the entire game,” Rondo said of being in uniform for the first time in 38 days. “I got my feet wet. Due to the schedule, we didn’t have a lot of time to practice (recently), so I’m using the game as my practice to get my rhythm and get better.”
New Orleans has gotten off to an 8-6 start to the season after a narrow one-point win over the Hawks on Monday.