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Video: Rajon Rondo had great reaction to Anthony Davis’ winning shot

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Rajon Rondo got the assist on the biggest shot of Game 2 on Sunday night, and he had a great reaction to the play, too.

The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets 105-103 on Anthony Davis’ great shot at the buzzer (seen here). The win gave the Lakers a 2-0 series lead in the Western Conference Finals.

After Davis made the shot, he and the Lakers celebrated the win. Rondo did not. Take a look at him.

Did the Lakers even win the game? You wouldn’t have been able to tell based on Rondo’s reaction. That’s the response of a man who knew the shot was going in before the play. That’s the response of a man who knows his team is going to win the championship.

Game 3 between the teams will be on Tuesday.

Rajon Rondo’s brother William may be temporarily barred from attending games

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William Rondo’s verbal altercation with Russell Westbrook may cost him his spot in the stands for the foreseeable future.

Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated reported Sunday that William, brother of Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, is expected to miss a couple games due to the incident. Spears added that it is uncertain when he will be allowed to attend again. William is not expected to be kicked out of the Orlando bubble however.

William got ejected from Saturday’s Game 5 between the Lakers and the Houston Rockets after an exchange with Westbrook. The NBA has warned family members granted access to games that they should not engage in any kind of misconduct, verbal or otherwise, with players or referees.

William is also in charge of the barbers, braiders, and manicurists in the bubble. That may have helped his case to stay. Regardless, the Lakers are a title favorite right now. Thus, William may still have plenty more chances to attend games, even with a brief ban.

Video: Rajon Rondo’s brother William ejected after exchange with Russell Westbrook

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Rajon Rondo’s brother William was thrown out of Game 5 between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday after an exchange with Russell Westbrook.

William Rondo reportedly was trolling Westbrook by waving in the fourth quarter as the Rockets were on the brink of elimination. Westbrook responded and started talking to Rondo, who later was asked by security to leave.

Westbrook’s Rockets were trailing by over 20 points in the fourth quarter and down 3-1 in the best-of-7 Western Conference semifinals series. His frustration was likely related to having his season about to end.

As for William Rondo, he is part of the NBA Bubble in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. because he has a role as an official barber for the players.

Getting into it with a fan is nothing new for Westbrook, who was involved in a high-profile incident last year.

Rajon Rondo expected to return in second round?

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The Los Angeles Lakers fairly easily dispatched of the Portland Trail Blazers without Rajon Rondo. Now Rondo could be back for the next series.

Lakers coach Frank Vogel said Monday that the team is hopeful Rondo will return at some point in the second round of the playoffs, per Melissa Rohlin of Sports Illustrated. The Lakers will face either the Houston Rockets or the Oklahoma City Thunder in that series.

Rondo, who fractured his right thumb in mid-July, is back in the bubble and has cleared quarantine. He appeared close to playing in the first round but developed back spasms that ultimately kept him sidelined.

The Lakers seem to be in good spirits right now, and having the former All-Star Rondo back in the lineup should be a further boost for them.

Rajon Rondo a late scratch for Lakers due to back spasms

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Rajon Rondo was a late scratch from the Los Angeles Lakers’ lineup on Saturday due to back spasms.

Rondo has not played during the Orlando restart since injuring his thumb in a practice on July 12. Rondo was initially expected to miss 6-8 weeks and return at some point during the first round of the playoffs.

The Lakers guard was set to be active for Saturday’s Game 3 until having the back issues during pregame warmups.

Rondo has averaged 7.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 20.5 minutes per game over 48 contests this season. Alex Caruso and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope continue to see extra minutes without Rondo available.

Rajon Rondo could return to Lakers as early as first round?

The Los Angeles Lakers are now just 2-4 in bubble play, but the looming return of Rajon Rondo may provide them with a boost sooner than expected.

ESPN’s Chris Haynes reported this weekend that the injured Lakers guard has arrived in Orlando but is outside of the bubble working “diligently” with Kurt Rambis, the team’s senior basketball advisor. Haynes also says that the Lakers are “hopeful” that if Rondo continues rehab without any setbacks, he could possibly re-enter the bubble at some point during the first round of the playoffs.

Re-entering the bubble during the first round does not necessarily mean playing in the first round, as Rondo would still be subject to a quarantine period and would also have to work his way back into game-playing shape. The four-time All-Star suffered a fractured right thumb during an early bubble practice in mid-July and has been sidelined ever since.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Alex Caruso, and Quinn Cook have all picked up extra minutes in Rondo’s absence, but none of them have been particularly impressive thus far. The first round will begin on Aug. 17, which is somewhat ahead of Rondo’s original injury timetable.

Lakers ‘very confident’ Rajon Rondo will return some time during playoffs

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Rajon Rondo will be out of action for some time, but that does not mean that his entire bubble excursion is lost.

Addressing reporters on Monday, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel addressed Rondo’s fractured right thumb and recovery timetable.

“Losing Rajon is a huge loss for our team. But we expect Rajon to be part of our playoff run,” said Vogel, per Bill Oram of The Athletic. “We’re very confident he’ll be able to get back and be a major factor for us.”

The ex-All-Star Rondo suffered the injury in practice over the weekend and is expected to miss the next six-to-eight weeks. The first round of the playoffs is scheduled to begin in the Orlando bubble on Aug. 17, while the NBA Finals are set to start on Sept. 30. Rondo’s return would likely come somewhere between those two dates if the Lakers are still in contention.

While some veteran guards are already offering their services to the Lakers amid Rondo’s injury, the team is not actually allowed to sign a replacement player for Rondo according to NBA rules. Thus, it is good news that the 34-year-old should still be able to contribute at some point during the playoffs.

Rajon Rondo expected to miss 6-8 weeks with fractured thumb

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Rajon Rondo will miss some time for the Los Angeles Lakers after suffering a hand injury on Sunday night.

Rondo suffered a fractured right thumb during practice on Sunday night and will miss 6-8 weeks, according to the team.

That injury timeline will likely lead Rondo to miss the final eight regular season games before the playoffs begin. The Lakers are set to play the Clippers on July 30 for their first of the final eight regular season games being played for seeding. Their final regular season game is scheduled for Aug. 30.

Based on this timeline, Rondo could be ready to return to the team around the second round of the playoffs.

Rondo has averaged 7.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 20.5 minutes per game over 48 contests this season. His absence would likely result in more playing time for Alex Caruso.

Report: Rajon Rondo suffered ‘significant’ hand injury

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Rajon Rondo suffered a “significant” hand injury during a team practice on Sunday night, according to a report.

ESPN’s Dave McMenamin and Malika Andrews reported about the injury and say Rondo underwent an evaluation of his hand and thumb, and that more should be known on Monday about the extent of the injury.

Rondo, 34, is one of the point guards on the Los Angeles Lakers’ depth chart, along with Alex Caruso and Quinn Cook. He is averaging 7.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 20.5 minutes per game over 48 contests this season.

Caruso would likely see additional time if Rondo has to miss any game action. The NBA is set to resume its season later this month, with the first games set to be played on July 30. The Lakers are scheduled to meet the Clippers as one of the two showcase games on July 30.

Rajon Rondo not too thrilled about his hotel accommodations in Orlando

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Rajon Rondo does not seem too thrilled about his hotel accommodations in Orlando.

Rondo shared a photo on his Instagram Story on Thursday of his hotel room at Disney World in Orlando, where he is staying while competing in the NBA’s resumed season. He wrote on his photo “Motel 6 hun @nba”.

Rondo may have made a typo when spelling it “hun” instead of “huh”, but the comparison to Motel 6 seemed to be what he was doing.

Rondo is probably used to such upscale digs that even a nice hotel room at Disney World feels like Motel 6 to him.

Here’s the difference between Rondo’s room and an actual Motel 6 room in Orlando.

Rondo’s Lakers are staying at the new Gran Destino tower in Disney World, which actually looks pretty nice.

The hotel room may not be up to Rondo’s standards, but it’s far from poor living conditions. He’s not the only one who doesn’t seem too thrilled with things — another one of his teammates also has some thoughts on the bubble.