Lakers News: Rajon Rondo Out vs. Clippers in Season Opener with Calf Injury

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistOctober 23, 2019

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 02: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers during warm up before the basketball game against Phoenix Suns at Staples Center on December 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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The injury bug has hit for Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo ahead of Tuesday's season-opening game.

Per Tania Ganguli of the L.A. Times, Rondo will be held out against the Los Angeles Clippers because of a sore calf.

Rondo dealt with two significant injuries last season. The four-time All-Star missed one month with a broken hand from Nov. 17 through Dec. 18. He returned for three games before undergoing surgery on his right ring finger after spraining it during the Lakers' Christmas Day win over the Golden State Warriors.

After missing 14 games, Rondo returned to Los Angeles' lineup on Jan. 24. The 33-year-old was a vital part of the team's rotation when he could play.

Rondo's 8.0 assists per game ranked second on the team, behind LeBron James (8.3). He's also shot a respectable 35.9 percent from three-point range and averaged 9.2 points per game.

The Lakers rebuilt their roster during the offseason, acquiring Anthony Davis and signing Danny Green, to get the team back to the playoffs after last season's disappointing 37-45 record.

Rondo's absence will push Quinn Cook and Avery Bradley into a more prominent role in the backcourt, though James is capable of running the offense.

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