“I feel Rondo will play Thursday so long as he continues to maneuver with no setbacks till then, however that can be one thing that we’ll preserve pushing him and we’ll re-evaluate every morning,” Walton instructed reporters (through ESPN.com) after the Lakers’ 130-111 loss to the Warriors.
Rondo, 32, has missed 14 video games after surgical procedure to restore a ligament in his proper ring finger. James, in the meantime, additionally has missed 14 video games since straining his left groin Dec. 25.
He’s making progress, however seems to have extra rehab work to do.
“I have never seen him do contact but, so I do not really feel as assured,” Walton stated when requested if James would play Thursday towards the Timberwolves. “However I do know you know the way severe he’s about his rehab. So he is doing every part doable and we have talked. I do know he is dying to get again on the basketball courtroom, however he additionally is aware of that getting wholesome is the highest precedence. So each time that day comes, he’ll be again on the market, however I might say proper now I really feel extra assured about Rondo being prepared for Thursday.”
So should you’re protecting monitor: Rondo is possible, James is questionable-to-doubtful and Lonzo Ball, who sprained his left ankle Saturday, is out 4-6 weeks.
The Lakers (25-23) have gone 5-9 since Christmas Day, when each James and Rondo have been injured, and have fallen from fourth within the Western Convention to ninth.
With Rondo and Ball out Monday, Brandon Ingram began at level guard and had three assists but in addition two turnovers within the blowout.
Afterward, Ingram clearly was desperate to envision Rondo’s affect — past his 8.Four factors, 6.7 assists and 4.Four rebounds in solely 14 of the Lakers’ 48 video games this season.
“It provides us a frontrunner, a frontrunner on the basketball ground,” Ingram stated of Rondo. “Places us in our spots on the offensive finish. Pushes the tempo, he can rating the basketball. And it simply makes our crew higher.”