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Team W-L L10 STRK
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LAC 9-5 7-3 W3
LAL 8-6 7-3 W4
SAC 8-7 6-4 L1
PHO 3-11 2-8 W1

Top Lakers News

  • Lakers' Rajon Rondo: Undergoes successful surgery

    Rondo (hand) underwent successful surgery Thursday and is expected to miss four-to-five weeks.

    Rondo suffered a fractured third metacarpal in his right hand during Wednesday's 126-117 victory over the Trail Blazers. The veteran is averaging 8.5 points, 6.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals this season, transitioning to a bench role as Lonzo Ball has started the past 12 games. In Rondo's absence look for Josh Hart and Lance Stephenson to potentially see increased run off the bench.

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  • Lakers' LeBron James: Held out of practice Thursday

    James was held out of Thursday's practice to stay fresh for the Lakers' upcoming road trip, Kyle Goon of the Southern California News Group reports.

    There's nothing to indicate James is dealing with an injury that could keep him out of Saturday's game against the Magic. Coach Luke Walton noted that it's a priority to keep James healthy following a physical game against the Trail Blazers on Wednesday, where he dropped 44 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, three blocks and a steal in 36 minutes.

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  • Lakers' Rajon Rondo: Will have surgery

    Rondo (hand) will undergo surgery before the weekend, Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports.

    A timetable of 3-to-5 weeks was established for Rondo's return, which should still hold true. However, with surgery, it may be on the latter end. In Rondo's absence, Lonzo ball is slated to see an uptick in workload.

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  • Lakers' Lonzo Ball: Set for increased role in Rajon Rondo's absence

    Ball is expected to see an uptick in playing time with Rajon Rondo (hand) sidelined three-to-five weeks.

    Rondo suffered a broken third metacarpal in his right hand during Wednesday's 126-117 victory over the Trail Blazers. Over the past nine games with Rondo available, Ball has seen 25.1 minutes and averaged 7.0 points, 4.7 assists and 4.3 rebounds. When Rondo missed three games in late October due to a suspension, Ball garnered 31.3 minutes per night and averaged 12.7 points, 6.7 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 2.7 steals.

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  • Lakers' Rajon Rondo: Out 3-to-5 weeks

    Rondo (hand) is expected to be sidelined three-to-five weeks, Ohm Youngmisuk and Dave McMenamin of ESPN report.

    Rondo suffered a fractured third metacarpal in his right hand during Wednesday's 126-117 victory over the Trail Blazers. He is set to see a specialist Thursday to determine if surgery is necessary. Without Rondo in the fold for around a month, Lonzo Ball should see increased ballhandling responsibilities.

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  • Lakers' Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: Continues productive stretch off bench

    Caldwell-Pope posted 13 points (4-8 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, two assists and two steals across 17 minutes in the Lakers' 126-117 win over the Trail Blazers on Wednesday.

    It's the third straight strong offensive effort for KCP off the bench, as he's now averaging 11.7 points over 17.0 minutes during that stretch. The trio of double-digit point totals he's managed over that span have come on the strength of 46.2 percent shooting, including 47.1 percent from three-point range. Caldwell-Pope doesn't look likely to regain his starting two-guard job any time soon, but the infusion of offense he's offering on the second unit is proving valuable to the Lakers' efforts.

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  • Lakers' Lonzo Ball: More across-the-board production in win

    Ball totaled 11 points (4-11 FG, 3-5 3Pt), six rebounds, three assists and one steal across 32 minutes in the Lakers' 126-117 win over the Trail Blazers on Wednesday.

    LeBron James took control of the game in the second half and Brandon Ingram put up 15 shot attempts as well, but Ball made fairly good use of his secondary opportunities. The second-year point guard checked in behind only James as far as rebounds on the starting five. Moreover, he impressively reached the 60.0 percent mark from three-point range for the second straight game, and the third time overall in the last five. Despite the solid production Wednesday, fantasy owners will continue to have to live with Ball's inconsistency on offense, considering he's managed a double-digit point total in only two of six November contests.

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  • Lakers' Brandon Ingram: Bounces back with 17-point effort

    Ingram delivered 17 points (6-15 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-5 FT), four assists, two rebounds and one steal across 32 minutes in the Lakers' 126-117 win over the Trail Blazers on Wednesday.

    Ingram had totaled just 22 combined points over the prior two games, but he bounced back with a better shooting effort Wednesday. The 2016 second overall pick had posted a sub-40.0 percent success rate in those contests, but he was able to hit the mark against the Trail Blazers while also turning in an 80.0 percent effort from the free-throw line. The 21-year-old's usage will tend to fluctuate given that he shares the floor with the likes of LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma, but he can typically be counted on to prop up his lines with solid production across other categories when his offense sees a slight downturn.

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  • Lakers' JaVale McGee: Hits 20-point mark in win

    McGee managed 20 points (9-12 FG, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, two steals and two blocks across 24 minutes in the Lakers' 126-117 win over the Trail Blazers on Wednesday.

    The veteran big man continues to thrive with the extended opportunity that his starting center job affords him. McGee is averaging career highs in points (14.1) and blocks (2.9), while his current rebounding average (7.1) is his best figure in that category since the 2011-12 season. Factoring in Wednesday's tally, McGee has scored in double digits in four of six November games, and he's managed to haul in between six and nine rebounds in four contests during the current month as well. Moreover, with another two stuffs Wednesday, he's now recorded multiple blocks in three consecutive games.

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  • Lakers' LeBron James: Pours in season-high 44 points

    James registered a season-high 44 points (13-19 FG, 5-6 3Pt, 13-15 FT), 10 rebounds, nine assists, three blocks and one steal across 36 minutes in Wednesday's 126-117 win over the Trail Blazers.

    James' conversion rate from the field, charity stripe and three-point were all among his best of the season, allowing him to surpass his previous high scoring haul by nine points. In the process, James inched ahead of Wilt Chamberlain on the NBA's all-time scoring list while falling only an assist shy of his 75th career triple-double. Though James' rebound and assist marks are both down from his prior two seasons in Cleveland, he's made up for it to some extent with an uptick in three-point production to go along with a 75.5 percent mark from the free-throw line, which would be his best showing in that category since 2011-12. All in all, the move to Los Angeles has had a negligible impact on his overall fantasy value thus far, and that seems unlikely to change so long as he keeps the Lakers in contention for a playoff spot.

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  • Lakers' Rajon Rondo: Suffers fractured hand

    Rondo sustained a broken right hand in Wednesday's 126 -117 win over the Trail Blazers and will be out at least two weeks, Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports.

    Rondo fractured the third metacarpal of his hand in the fourth quarter, finishing the night with zero points (0-4 FG, 0-1 3Pt), three assists, two rebounds and two steals in 16 minutes. Though he's been a key rotation cog for the Lakers, Rondo's fantasy value was already trending downward with Lonzo Ball having claimed the starting point guard gig after opening the campaign in a bench role. With a multi-game absence on tap, Rondo looks like a prime drop candidate in most formats. While Rondo is sidelined, Ball should benefit from a bump in minutes, while Brandon Ingram, Lance Stephenson and Josh Hart could see additional opportunities to control the ball when Ball is resting on the bench.

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Team Statistical Rankings

PTS/G OPP PTS/G
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