The Lakers opted to play Lance Stephenson as the backup point guard during Rondo's suspension, opening up minutes for Svi Mykhailiuk to play as another guard off the bench.
LeBron James is now the No. 5 all-time scorer in National Basketball Association history, as he passed Wilt Chamberlain late in his 44-point night against the Trail Blazers on Wednesday. The Lakers are operating under the assumption that Rondo could be out three to five weeks, depending on the decision to undergo surgery and the recovery time, the source said.
Walton said he believed Rondo suffered the fracture while making a steal in the fourth quarter off Jusuf Nurkic with 8:24 left. "They [the medical staff] are getting all the details".
"I haven't changed anything outwardly, but you know me".
"Next man up, next man up", said LeBron James.
The first being a big box-out over Karl-Anthony Towns and a key offensive rebound versus the Minnesota Timberwolves with the Lakers holding on to a one-point lead with just under 14 seconds remaining.
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James fell just short of the 75th triple-double of his career during his most impressive performance since joining the Lakers in the offseason, finishing with what CBSSports.com's Jack Maloney called "a monster stat line of 44 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and three blocks". Lakers coach Luke Walton confirmed the injury to reporters after the game. The Lakers avenged that loss a couple of weeks later in a tight game in which the Trail Blazers missed 10 uncontested 3-pointers.
Damian Lillard had 31 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, and CJ McCollum scored 23 points in the Trail Blazers' first road loss to the Lakers since February 22, 2013, ending a nine-game streak at Staples.
With Rajon Rondo, LeBron James, Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee all knowing that their role is to bring that skill and IQ that has gotten them this far in the league to help the young players like Josh Hart, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, and Brandon Ingram. Knows all the plays.
It was only a matter of time before his career path led him back home. So it's going to be tough having him out.
When Ball sits, expect a point guard by committee approach. I think that whole group really counts on his playmaking and leadership.