The Los Angeles Lakers are in the midst of a nine-game winning streak and they’ve been doing it while racking up some injuries. The latest casualty is Rajon Rondo who sat out of Monday’s win over the Cavaliers with a fractured finger.
Rondo was a crucial part of two blowout wins against the Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder, playing some of the best basketball of his season. He made his first five baskets against the Thunder but just five of his next 17 attempts, perhaps bothered by the nondisplaced volar play avulsion fracture suffered on his right ring finger (h/t Dave McMenamin of ESPN).
Rondo is expected to miss just four to five days with the injury. That would, conservatively, keep him out of Wednesday’s game against the Magic and potentially Saturday’s matchup against the Rockets.
Monday’s win showed a glimpse of what Vogel will do in Rondo’s absence with seldom-used point guard Quinn Cook getting some rotation minutes to provide the missing ball-handling that the veteran point guard provides.
The Lakers have also been without Anthony Davis for the last three days after he suffered a bruised gluteus maximus in a fall against the New York Knicks. He is listed as day-to-day.