LOS ANGELES – Rajon Rondo missed the basketball court, and he is aware that everyone else is aware how many games the Los Angeles Lakers have missed this season.
And after the Lakers 116-102 victory over Phoenix Suns on Sunday evening, Rondo demonstrated both of these facts by exaggerating the exaggerations of how long he missed in three separate interview responses, saying he had missed " 74 games before
Rondo actually missed 34 of the Lakers' 50 matches (26-24) so far this season, even though he feels he feels more.
"As I said, I have a refuge. You did not play in about 7 months, "Rondo continued, another question. "I do not know how I looked safe, but I will watch the movie and continue to try to fix myself."
Rondo may not feel like his best, but his return has given the Lakers. a critical playmaker at a time when they literally have no other, as Lonzo Ball and LeBron James miss time with injuries while Brandon Ingram shows that playing is not the role best suited to him.
But Ronde's influence goes beyond mere help, and after Lakers head coach Luk Walton plays, he explains that he just does the right game, Walton said. – There are people who go out and hunt assists and just make a pass if it's going to be help, and that's not him. He will do the right game, and if that leads to help, he does, but if it leads to someone else getting a bucket, he's fine with that. "
Rondo Brandon Ingram's teammate and other Lakers also praised the way Rondo figured out where everyone likes to grab the ball and their favorite places on the court by delivering passes at perfect speed and precision.
"What I have such protection makes the game much easier. He sees the floor very well. He sees the open boys. He makes plays there. It just makes the guys feel comfortable and confident in their game, "Ingram said.
The Lakers needed all of this because their attack fell from 16th in the league in offensive performance before James (and Rondo) was hurt at Christmas. Day to Day 24. With James seeming to return within the week and Rondo's ability to set his teammates exactly the way they like, things may finally be on the rise for the Lakers in 16 games that have been more than 60.
While such a chemistry and immediate search for where, when and how each teammate wants his passes is usually not a fast-paced process, Rondo said that despite the many games he missed this season, it does not take him long .
The game comes pretty fast and easy for me, so I'm just trying to find guys on the same page, "said Rondo. "My job as a security guard on the floor … is to get boys to open places where they can be most effective."
Rondo has done a good job when he plays, and even feels he missed somewhere between 60 games and seven months, the Lakers are happy to be back in the squad. He knows who needs pictures that is hot. He knows how to manipulate screens (and) to read defenses, "Walton said. "Unfortunately, we did not have much to do with our guys, but he makes the boys comfortable and he gets a nice look."
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