Lakers guard Rondo to have surgery on broken right hand


Rondo suffered the injury during Wednesday night's 126-117 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers, the same night that LeBron James eclipsed Wilt Chamberlain for fifth on the National Basketball Association all-time scoring list.

James hit his first five 3-pointers and finished 13 of 19 from the field, reaching his latest milestone during a dominant performance that had chants of "M-V-P!" raining down from the Staples Center crowd. I know Magic Johnson fell in love with Ball's game and talked about handing over the keys to him like he was Kobe Bryant or the next Jason Kidd, but he is not either one them. The Lakers will have to rely on their young point guard Lonzo Ball to play heavy minutes moving forward.

James, 33, moved past Wilt Chamberlain's mark of 31,419 points in the Lakers' 126-117 win over the Trail Blazers on Wednesday.

"He was talking a lot", Walton said of what Rondo did in practice Thursday.

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (knee) is expected to play against the Los Angles Lakers on Wednesday.

Rondo had surgery to fix the broken third metacarpal in his right hand on November 16, an injury sustained in the final frame of that game while attempting to make a steal.

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"It's tough", James said. "As a group, we'll figure out what rotations are working the best, who's handling certain responsibilities [and] giving our team the best shot of winning".

In his first three games with the Lakers, Chandler has been a major asset off the bench for the team by averaging 3.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, and 1.0 steal in 22.6 minutes per game. But, it was in the third quarter when he really took over.

JaVale McGee scored 20 points and Brandon Ingram added 17 in the Lakers' sixth win in seven games.

But they won their third straight game when they topped the Atlanta Hawks by a point on Sunday, taking their run to five wins from their last six.

The 26-year-old Clarkson only had the opportunity to play with James for four months after he was dealt from the Lakers to the Cavaliers in February. Memphis did not believe he would become a franchise player when they drafted him with their 24th pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. He made all eight of his fourth-quarter free throws, including the two from the flagrant foul on Portland's C.J.