The Los Angeles Lakers have been without veteran point guard Rajon Rondo for the last two weeks due to a broken hand.
However, Rondo has taken another significant step forward in his recovery as he was cleared for non-contact drills on Monday. In response to that, third-year forward Brandon Ingram has voiced that he isn’t surprised that Rondo has progressed this far into his recovery this quickly, according to Ryan Ward of ClutchPoints.
Brandon Ingram on Rajon Rondo back on the practice court: "I'm not surprised [laughs]. It looks like he ripped his thing off. Nah, he's been trying to practice ever since the 1st day he broke his hand. I'm not surprised at all that he's back there shooting right now." #Lakers
— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) November 26, 2018
Rondo has remained heavily involved with the team since suffering the injury as he has been getting involved in coaching off the bench and providing more mentorship to the younger players when possible during the course of games. The fact that he has received clearance that quickly shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given that he has stayed the court toward making his return.
It will simply fall on how his hand responds to the increased physical activity over the next several days. This will be indicative of how much he will be able to handle at this stage of his recovery. He will also have to go through a couple of full practices before he is able to return to the fold this season. Rondo has already missed the last the last five games due to the injury as the team has missed his presence as the primary ball-handler for the second unit off the bench.
In 11 games played, Rondo is averaging 8.5 points on 45.5 percent shooting from the floor and 42.9 percent from beyond the arc along with 6.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.2 steals in 25.3 minutes per contest. This includes notching three double-doubles while scoring in double figures six times along while reaching 10 or more assists three times so far this season. His return to the team should provide an immediate boost to the team offensively with one of their leaders back on the floor.
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