Los Angeles Lakers: What Rajon Rondo injury means for these players

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Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo is now out for roughly two months.

After four months, NBA fans finally get basketball once again. The Orlando Bubble is in full effect as teams have begun practicing for the league’s restart. In one of the Los Angeles Lakers‘ most recent practices, though, a big loss was suffered.

Point guard Rajon Rondo broke his thumb on Sunday, and was given a timetable of 6-to-8 weeks for a return.

At the moment, that would essentially put Rondo out until the second or third round of the playoffs. There is still time for Los Angeles to survive before needing his presence back for the bigger stages, where they could find themselves facing the other L.A. team in the Conference Finals.

Before the season went on hold back in March, Rondo was averaging just over 20 minutes per game and had a line of 7.1 points, 5.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds. The 34-year-old spent all but three games this season coming off the bench, but he was one of the most crucial depth pieces for the Lakers.

Rondo’s loss is a big one for the Lakers, for a few reasons. The biggest, though, is due to the fact that he’s been in big games before. He has tons of playoff experience, and once they begin, the Lakers could have leaned on him a little more in crunch time.

Without him now for a while, a handful of other players will be affected. There are three, in particular, who will have a bit more on their shoulders.