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Lakers guard Rajon Rondo suffers fractured thumb, out 6-to-8 weeks ahead of Orlando restart

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Los Angeles Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo suffered a fractured right thumb during practice at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida on Sunday, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Rondo is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks. He’ll leave the bubble to undergo surgery and begin his rehab, according to Mark Medina of USA Today.

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“We expect Rajon to be a part of our playoff run,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said Monday, via USA Today. “We’re looking at six to eight weeks, puts us somewhere around the first to the second round of the playoffs.

“We’re very confident he will be able to get back and be a major factor for us.”

The NBA’s season is set to resume on July 30 after more than four months off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Lakers currently hold a 49-14 record, the best in the Western Conference. Sunday night’s practice was just their second since arriving in Florida.

The Lakers are already down Avery Bradley, who opted-out of the season due to the coronavirus. They signed JR Smith to replace him through the end of the year.

Rondo averaged 7.1 points and five assists in 20.5 minutes per game off the bench for the Lakers this season, his 14th in the league. He suffered a right hand injury last season, too, and missed several weeks after tearing a ligament in his right ring finger.

Rajon Rondo suffered a thumb injury during practice on Sunday at Walt Disney World.
Rajon Rondo suffered a thumb injury during practice on Sunday at Walt Disney World. (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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