Rondo has been cleared to dribble with his surgically repaired right hand, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.com reports. Rondo underwent surgery on Dec. 28, so he's making good progress as he works back from a damaged ligament in his dominant right hand. The veteran has also been cleared to travel with the team, so he'll likely ramp up his activity over the next week or two in hopes of making his return before the end of the month. Rondo was initially given a timetable of 4-to-5 weeks.
Rondo will miss the next month after undergoing hand surgery, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. Rondo just recently returned from a 17-game absence while recovering from a broken right hand but suffered a Grade 3 finger strain during his return game against the Warriors and now apparently needs further time off the court. His ongoing absence means that Lonzo Ball will continue being the team's primary point guard, with Brandon Ingram also taking on greater responsibility as a playmaker, at least as long as LeBron James (groin) remains sidelined along with Rondo.
Rondo (finger) could be out "a couple of days, or for a while" depending on his pain tolerance, Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site reports. After spraining his right ring finger Tuesday against the Warriors, it seems Rondo will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis. While he's sidelined, Lonzo Ball will presumably handle point guard duties.
Rondo has been ruled out for Thursday's game against Sacramento after suffering a Grade 3 sprain to his right ring finger in Tuesday's win over the Warriors, Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site reports. The Lakers plan on providing more information on Friday, after Rondo undergoes more testing. For now, he has just been ruled out of Thursday's game, but since a Grade 3 sprain is the most severe of the sort, there's a good likelihood he misses additional games.
Rondo turned in 15 points (6-11 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 assists and five rebounds across 23 minutes in the Lakers' 127-101 win over the Warriors on Tuesday. Rondo was integral to the Lakers' efforts, particularly after LeBron James exited the game for good in the third quarter due to a groin injury. The veteran took over as the primary ball handler in James' absence and turned in one of his trademark efforts as a facilitator, while also posting a strong shooting performance in his own right. Rondo's scoring and assist totals were his best since Nov. 3, and they notably came in his only his third game back from an extended absence due to a hand injury. If James is forced to miss additional games, Rondo's usage rate could certainly remain elevated in his absence.
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