Despite suffering a sprained ring finger, Rondo played the entire game and led the Lakers with 15 points, five rebounds, and 10 assists in just 23 minutes.
However, the 32-year-old did not play against the Sacramento Kings as the Lakers lost a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter.
After already missing 17 games, Rondo is expected to miss one month after his second hand surgery of the 2018-19 NBA season, according to Lakers:
Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, who suffered a Grade 3 sprain to his right ring finger during Tuesday’s game at Golden State, underwent successful surgery today to repair a ligament in that finger.
Rondo is expected to make a full recovery in 4-5 weeks.
Since Rondo only returned for three games, this is a major setback for him and the Lakers. As they stayed afloat in the Western Conference without Rondo, it is difficult to replace his leadership and basketball IQ.
Similar to the first surgery, Rondo will be active on the sidelines. Along with staying involved in head coach Luke Walton‘s coaching huddles, Rondo will continue to keep Lonzo Ball ‘engaged,’ who is averaging 19.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 9.0 assists in an increased role.
Already without Rondo, James is reportedly expected to miss ‘several’ games with a ‘significant’ left groin strain. Without their two leaders, Ball and the young core will need to win games to keep up in the extremely competitve Western Conference.