Lakers Guard Rajon Rondo to Miss 4-5 Weeks with Finger Injury

Rajon Rondo (9) with the Chicago Bulls in 2017
Rajon Rondo (9) with the Chicago Bulls in 2017. Photo by Stephen Lew/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (8587733q)

While the Los Angeles Lakers’ 127-101 Christmas Day win over the Golden State Warriors was a huge cause for celebration in Tinseltown, the Lakers got a dose of bad news after their big win.

Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo will miss all of January with a finger injury that he sustained in the third quarter of the Lakers’ win over Golden State.

This is the second significant hand injury that Rondo has suffered this season, as the former Kentucky Wildcat missed 17 games earlier in the season after breaking a metacarpal bone in his right hand.

Now, Rondo will have surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right ring finger that he sustained in a battle for the ball with Warriors forward Draymond Green.

Rondo has only appeared for the Lakers in 14 games this season, making two starts, but has contributed 9 points and 7 assists per game in limited playing time.

The Lakers are now feeling an injury crunch as 2019 begins, as Rondo joins injured forward LeBron James on the injury report. James was also hurt in the Los Angeles victory over Golden State, suffering a groin strain that is expected to keep him out of action for a couple of weeks.