The chances of this even being a question on January 23 seemed remote way back in July, when the Lakers were celebrating their landing of LeBron James. Meanwhile, Rajon Rondo has not yet been cleared to return, and LeBron James remains out for Thursday's matchup with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
"He's not out yet for Sunday", Walton said of James.
"I think Rondo will play Thursday as long as he continues to move with no setbacks until then", Walton said on Monday night, via ESPN.
"We'll see how he's feeling tomorrow morning and take it from there".
Even when the second unit came in, they played with pace and energy especially Michael Beasley who scored two quick buckets in his first few minutes on the court.
The Lakers have gone 5-9 since Christmas without James and Rondo, falling from No. 4 to No. 9 in the Western Conference standings.
Los Angeles is looking to snap their 2 game losing streak after losing to the Golden State Warriors, 130 - 111; Thompson: Hits first 10 3s to tie National Basketball Association record. "I haven't had much contact", he explained. "It's like I have a red jersey or a quarterback jersey on out here". Rondo said about the Lakers performance. "Except for Lance [Stephenson], he's hacked me a couple times, but that's just my jersey and my shoulder".
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Rondo is re-joining the starting lineup after not playing for the past month due to a sprain of his right ring finger. He said he does not have to deal with swelling, like the last time he hurt his hand this season, but there is still discomfort.
However Josh Hart's shooting woes continued as he was 0-2 from behind the arc in the first half, but was still attacking the basket to make up for his shooting slump, something that I think he has to do more especially when his shot is not going down. We have a lot of guys out, a lot of guys that's hurt. K.A.T finished with 27 points, 12 rebounds and five assists.
It might not be "playoff Rondo" but it sure felt like it tonight.
"No one here is just counting on LeBron carrying all the weight and taking us there", Walton told The Athletic on Wednesday.
I'm sure Laker fans have very fond memories of the brief time Deng spent as a member of the Lakers.
James has a string of 13 straight playoff appearances - including eight straight NBA Finals berths - after missing the postseason his first two seasons in the league.