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Rajon Rondo Injury: Updates on Kings Star's Status and Return

Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo plays during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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Tyler ConwayFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 3, 2017

Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo was held out of the lineup Wednesday with a sprained right thumb, a right shoulder contusion and turf toe. However, he has been cleared to return to the court.

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Rondo Active Versus Pistons

Friday, March 18

Rondo had 10 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds against the Detroit Pistons on Friday.

Durability Hasn't Been Issue for Rondo in Sacramento

In his first season in Sacramento, Rondo has been largely healthy. He has only missed three games this season, one due to a league suspension and one more after hurting his hand in February. 

Kings coach George Karl spoke about his relationship with Rondo, per Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee:

I think Rajon is a challenge to coach from the standpoint you’re always talking the game with him because he knows the game. He’s a very intelligent basketball player. Sometimes there’s a little bit too much debate, and as a coach I’ve got to learn when to open that window up and when to close that window down. I think that’s kind of where we’re at right now.

The 2015-16 season has seen a return to form for Rondo, who signed a one-year "prove it" deal in Sacramento last summer. He's averaging 11.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 11.9 assists per game, putting him at or around career highs in all three categories. Criticism of Rondo's play stems from his defense, which has been below par, and his general contrarian nature. 

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