LOS ANGELES — Like it or not, the Lakers had been delivered an additional possibility to showcase their depth on Monday.
Right after winning a difficult back again-to-back again set of highway online games inspite of getting quick-handed very last 7 days, they confronted the Cleveland Cavaliers devoid of Anthony Davis or Rajon Rondo.
Davis, their superstar forward, skipped his 3rd consecutive recreation with a bruised backside. Rondo, the veteran position guard off the bench, was out immediately after struggling an harm to his correct ring finger in the Lakers’ victory at Oklahoma Condition on Saturday.
Rondo experienced an MRI on Monday that unveiled a non-displaced volar plate avulsion fracture of his correct ring finger, the Lakers mentioned. He’s mentioned as day-to-day.
“Rajon experienced been enjoying really properly, so I’m disappointed for him,” Mentor Frank Vogel mentioned of the 33-12 months-outdated guard, who has also been hindered this year by a sore correct calf, a gentle correct calf pressure and a remaining hamstring pressure.
“He’s gonna have to overlook some time, but Quinn Cook performed really properly the other evening. He’s gonna see some minutes at the backup (position guard). And we have Alex (Caruso) we can slide in excess of there if we need to have to. Just have a future-guy-up mentality.”
Rondo – who 2 times experienced to go through medical procedures on his correct hand very last year, including to repair a seriously sprained correct ring finger – is averaging 7.6 details and 5.4 assists this year in 27 online games.
Davis shot close to just before the recreation, but Vogel mentioned the 6-time All-Star remained far too sore to enjoy.
“(He was) nearer than the other evening, but even now has some soreness,” Vogel mentioned. “I do not know if it’s gonna be, like, 100 p.c ache-cost-free. It is really just gonna be day to day, and we’ll enable connect with the medical workforce. We want him as shut to ache-cost-free as attainable.
“We’ve been devoid of A.D. for a few of online games now, so ideally we’ll come across a little little bit of a rhythm with the rotation and whatnot,” additional Vogel, noting that 3rd-12 months forward Kyle Kuzma would get the start out all over again at electrical power forward with Jared Dudley backing him up.
On the Lakers’ day off on Sunday, Davis and Rondo joined fellow Lakers Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and JaVale McGee at Lambeau Area in Eco-friendly Bay, Wisc., wherever they watched the Packers host the Seattle Seahawks in the divisional spherical of the NFL playoffs.
Vogel mentioned the medical workforce indicated Davis and Rondo’s attendance at the recreation wouldn’t be a component in either player’s restoration. Nor, Vogel mentioned, did their trip to Wisconsin enjoy into the determination to skip shootaround just before Monday’s recreation – that was a get in touch with meant to give his workforce an possibility to sleep in immediately after they returned late from their recreation in Oklahoma.
“They stated (heading to the recreation) to (Common Supervisor) Rob (Pelinka), and Rob stated it to me,” Vogel mentioned. “It’s an off day and that is one thing that we endorse.”
Long lasting Effect
Mentor John Beilein signed on to coach the Cavs very last May, virtually a 12 months immediately after LeBron James built the determination to go away Cleveland and signal with the Lakers.
Beilein mentioned that even though their time did not overlap, he can register the means in which James’ impact is long lasting – in a single big way, particularly.
“Oh yeah,” Beilein mentioned. “He introduced to a great metropolis, the metropolis of Cleveland, a championship.”