Rajon Rondo to make bubble debut for Lakers in Game 1 vs. Rockets

Jason Owens
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Rajon Rondo is slated to play Friday night in Game 1 against the Houston Rockets.

The Los Angeles Lakers backup point guard hasn’t played in the bubble after fracturing his right thumb during an early practice at the NBA’s Disney World campus. He left the bubble for surgery and rehab and has since returned and cleared quarantine.

Head coach Frank Vogel told reporters Friday afternoon that Rondo is ready to play and will come off the bench against Rockets.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo will make his bubble debut on Friday. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo will make his bubble debut on Friday. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Rondo’s role vs. Rockets

In 48 games this season, Rondo averaged 7.1 points, five assists and three rebounds, primarily off the bench. He provides a valuable role as a secondary ball handler and perimeter defender in the absence of Avery Bradley, who opted out of bubble play.

His presence against the backcourt of James Harden and Russell Westbrook is a valuable addition for the Lakers.

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