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Rajon Rondo’s game-winner was just like shot he made with son

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo drilled a game-winning shot at the buzzer on Thursday night to give the Los Angeles Lakers a win over the Boston Celtics that they desperately needed, and the veteran point guard can thank his son for helping to prepare him for the big moment.

Rondo’s game-winner came from the left elbow after Al Horford blocked a Brandon Ingram layup attempt and the loose ball bounced to him. As Silver Screen & Roll highlighted, Rondo made the exact same type of shot while messing around with his son during warmups.

Every rep counts, right?

The Lakers needed a win after all the trade rumors surrounding the team and a rough week that started with a report of fighting following a loss. Rondo was the only player not bothered by having his name mentioned in Anthony Davis trade rumors, and that calming presence appeared to serve LA well on Thursday.

Watch: Rajon Rondo sinks Celtics with buzzer-beater

Rajon Rondo

Leave it to Rajon Rondo to help get the Los Angeles Lakers on track.

Rondo hit a game-winning shot at the buzzer to beat the Boston Celtics 129-128 on Thursday night. The Lakers were holding a 1-point lead before Kyrie Irving made a layup to put Boston ahead. Brandon Ingram got the ball for the Lakers and tried to win things with a layup, but his attempt was blocked. There was a scramble for the ball and Rondo grabbed it. He was able to sink the shot at the buzzer to win it all.

The Lakers badly needed the win. They’ve been through an awful week that started on Saturday night with a report of fighting after a loss. Then there were trade rumors all week that led to the team playing terribly in a 42-point loss to the Pacers on Tuesday. An Anthony Davis trade was not made, meaning several players whose names were included in trade rumors now have to finish out the season with the Lakers. Rondo was the only player not bothered by having his name in the rumors, and he’s showing why — ice water in his veins!

Details of Lakers’ trade offer for Anthony Davis revealed

Anthony Davis wingspan

The Los Angeles Lakers are trying to acquire Anthony Davis in a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans, and their first offer to New Orleans may not have been satisfactory.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Lakers’ first offer to the Pelicans included Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Rajon Rondo, Michael Beasley and a first-round pick.

The trade really amounts to Kuzma and Rondo, who each have value, and a first-round pick that probably will be in the mid-to-later part of the round. Lonzo Ball reportedly does not want to go to the Pelicans and has interest in another team if traded. The deal is not especially attractive.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania says the Lakers have offered the Pelicans their choice of two young players — Ball, Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Ivica Zubac or Josh Hart — and either Lance Stephenson or Rajon Rondo.

If the Lakers want to get Davis, they would seemingly need to give up multiple high draft picks and/or take on some salary dumps from the Pelicans. Perhaps empowered by Gregg Popovich, the Pelicans do not seem like they will be steamrolled here.

Rajon Rondo expected to return from hand injury on Thursday

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo was expected to miss a month after he suffered a hand injury that required surgery on Christmas Day, and it sounds like the veteran point guard’s recovery is right on schedule.

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton said on Monday that Rondo is expected to return to the lineup for Thursday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, assuming he does not suffer a setback beforehand.

Getting Rondo back would be big for the Lakers, especially now that Lonzo Ball is expected to miss significant time after suffering an ankle injury over the weekend. LeBron James is also still recovering from a groin injury he suffered during the same game Rondo got hurt.

Rondo has appeared in 14 games this season with LA. He is averaging 8.4 points, 6.7 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. The Lakers have lost their last two games and desperately need to get healthy, so getting Rondo back would be a big boost.

LeBron James, Rajon Rondo among Lakers at Rams playoff game

LeBron James

LeBron James and Rajon Rondo took advantage of their time off due to injury by attending Saturday’s NFC playoff game between the Rams and Dallas Cowboys in Los Angeles.

Both Lakers players attended the game, as did Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. ESPN even shared video of James at the game, who received notice for his satchel/manbag/European men’s carry-all.

James is out recovering from a groin injury, while Rondo is out recovering from hand surgery. The Lakers have the day off and play on Sunday.

Even though he’s a Los Angeles resident now, remember that James is a Cowboys fan and won’t be rooting for the home team.

Rajon Rondo to reportedly undergo another hand surgery, miss a month

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo cannot seem to keep his shooting hand healthy this season, and the latest injury the Los Angeles Lakers point guard suffered is going to force him to sit out for an extended period again.

Rondo returned to the Lakers’ lineup on Dec. 21 after he underwent surgery to repair a fractured bone in his right hand and missed 17 games. However, he was ruled out of Thursday’s game after suffering a sprained finger on the same hand during L.A.’s win over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Rondo will need another surgery on his hand and is expected to be out a month.

Injuries have limited Rondo to just 14 games this season, and he is averaging 8.4 points, 6.7 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. He may have overstepped his bounds a bit while trying to take on a coaching role during his recovery from the first surgery, but that may be the only way he will be able to help the team again for a while.

With LeBron James already expected to miss multiple games because of a groin injury, injuries are piling up for the Lakers.

Rajon Rondo getting closer in return from fractured hand

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo is getting closer in his return from from a fractured hand.

Rondo was cleared to start contact progression with the Los Angeles Lakers. He participated in the team’s practice on Tuesday but limited himself somewhat.

Rondo’s next step would include being cleared for full contact.

The 32-year-old guard has played in 11 games this season but has been out since injuring his hand on Nov. 14. While he’s been injured, Rondo has tried to help the Lakers as somewhat of a coach.

Rondo was initially projected to miss 4-5 weeks and should return before long for the 14-9 Lakers.

Luke Walton had to tell Rajon Rondo to shut up

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo was so into coaching the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night that Luke Walton had to tell him to zip it.

Rondo is out 4-5 weeks recovering from surgery to repair a broken hand. While he’s out, he’s tried to stay involved with the team by acting as if he’s a coach. He was holding a clipboard, huddling with the coaches during timeouts, and standing up during the game.

The Lakers’ real coach, Walton, only allowed Rondo to be part of the coaches’ huddles if he kept quiet. Rondo confirmed that, saying he was told to shut up.

At least Rondo didn’t throw any towels at the coaches.

Rondo has always seemed like a heady player, so it’s no surprise he’d want to be involved with the team in a coaching capacity. Perhaps this is a prelude to what’s to come after he retires.

Rajon Rondo will reportedly undergo hand surgery, be out 3-5 weeks

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo suffered a broken hand during Wednesday night’s win over the Portland Trail Blazers, and the Los Angeles Lakers will reportedly be without him for about a month.

According to ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk, Rondo is scheduled to undergo surgery this week to repair the fracture. Adrian Wojnarowski adds that the recovery timeline for the point guard will be about 3-5 weeks.

Rondo has seen his minutes decline since Lonzo Ball returned to take over the starting point guard job, but the Lakers’ depth will be tested without him. Luke Walton said on Wednesday that he expects to be without Rondo for a few weeks.

After he scored no points on 0-of-4 shooting and had two rebounds and three assists against Portland, Rondo is averaging 8.5 points, 6.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game on the season.

Report: Lonzo Ball will remain Lakers’ starting point guard

Lonzo Ball

At least for the moment, Lonzo Ball has wrestled the Los Angeles Lakers’ starting point guard job away from Rajon Rondo.

According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, Ball will remain in the starting lineup even after Rondo returns from his three-game suspension. Rondo is eligible to return on Saturday, but he will do so off the bench.

Rondo started the first two games of the season, both Laker losses. He averaged a double-double in those games, but the Lakers have performed better with Ball on the floor. They’re 2-1 with him in the lineup, and he’s provided 12.7 points, 7.3 assists, and 7 rebounds per game during that period. The team also has no concerns about his knee, which he had surgery on during the offseason but has since returned to full strength.

Rondo’s on-court conduct was poor and his off-court conduct has come under scrutiny as well. That’s not why the Lakers are benching him, but it probably doesn’t help. They’ve just performed better with Ball at the point and they’re going to keep him there as long as it stays that way.