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Lakers won’t ‘rush’ LeBron, Rondo back despite Ball's injury

Dunk Wire logo Dunk Wire 1/21/2019 Christian Rivas
Brandon Ingram, Rajon Rondo sitting in front of a crowd: USA TODAY © USA TODAY USA TODAY

The Los Angeles Lakers don't have a single healthy point guard on their roster - not one. Lonzo Ball will mis the next 4-6 with a Grade 3 ankle sprain and Rajon Rondo is still recovering from an injury of his own.

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There's a decent chance Rondo makes his return by the end of this week, but Lakers head coach Luke Walton told Spectrum SportsNet that he doesn't plan on bringing Rondo or LeBron James back before they're ready just because of Ball's recent injury:

"We won't rush (Rondo's) playing time up at all. We've got to make sure, with him and LeBron, that they're healthy, so when they get back we can keep them."

That's obviously the right call by Walton and the training staff, who need Rondo and James at full strength for their late-season playoff push, but unfortunately that doesn't get the Lakers out of the sticky situation they're in.

Going into Monday's game with the Golden State Warriors, the Lakers will be without their top-three playmakers in Ball, Rondo and James. Outside of those three, no one stands out as the clear option to run the offense in their absence. That's a problem for a team that is already bad offensively.

We'll see what adjustments Walton makes, but it's hard to think of any that helps the Lakers beat the Warriors at Staples Center on Monday.

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