He hasn't played since October 25 (Oct. 26, PHL time). Much of the team did not know Rondo had fractured his hand until returning to the locker room after the Lakers had won their fourth straight game.
The main issue and probable cause with the Lakers' early season woes stemmed from Luke Walton being unable to find somebody to protector the rim when McGee would head to the bench. The Lakers avenged that loss a couple of weeks later in a tight game in which the Trail Blazers missed 10 uncontested 3-pointers.
LeBron James has been breaking records since he entered the National Basketball Association at age 18, and on Wednesday night, moved into fifth all-time on the National Basketball Association scoring list when he passed Wilt Chamberlain with 31,420 points as he knocked down a free throw against the Blazers late in the fourth for his 39th point of the game.
It is a rematch of the Western Conference finals from last season and both teams come in with odd situations. Los Angeles is off to its best start since the 2011-12 season.
"He's a true leader", said Ball, who has started the past 12 games and is looking at an uptick in minutes with Rondo out.
With James' and-one free throw in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's game against the Blazers, the 2003 first-overall pick put in the 31,420th point of his career, passing Chamberlain.
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James, who left the Cleveland Cavaliers this summer to sign a four-year, $153.3 million deal with the Lakers, told Yahoo Sports that he's getting more comfortable in his situation after leading the Cavaliers and Miami Heat to the NBA Finals each of the past eight seasons.
"It's tough", James said.
"I haven't changed anything outwardly, but you know me". Joel Embiid tallied his first career triple-double in the game, but he had just 19 points on six-of-20 shooting to go with 13 rebounds and 10 assists.
Rondo did not speak with reporters in the locker room.
"If I would have come down and my leg would have went to the side immediately, I think it would have been a lot worse, but I kind of caught it", he said.