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Rajon Rondo scratched for Game 3 vs. Trail Blazers [UPDATE]

Lakers PG was going to be back from a fractured hand but has back spasms and will not play in Game 3 on Saturday night.

Rajon Rondo of the Los Angeles Lakers warms up prior to a game against the Portland Trail Blazers during Round One, Game One of the NBA Playoffs on August 18, 2020 at the AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.  Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

UPDATE: Aug. 22, 8:19 p.m. — Just kidding, Rondo has back spasms and will not play in Game 3 vs. the Blazers. Carry on.

UPDATE: Aug. 22, 7:06 p.m. — Rondo is available to play in Game 3 vs. the Blazers on Saturday night.

Don’t expect to see much of Rondo in this game. He hasn’t played since March. The Lakers are coming off a big win. Rondo may see some time off the bench, but I wouldn’t expect more than 10-12 minutes tops. If the Lakers run away, maybe he sees some garbage minutes.

Los Angeles Lakers PG Rajon Rondo is listed as questionable for Game 3 vs. the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday. Rondo has yet to make his playoff debut for the Lakers. He’s been sidelined since before the NBA season restart due to a fractured hand he suffered during practices. Rondo recently rejoined the team in the bubble in Orlando after recovering from the injury.

The Lakers desperately need Rondo back to get some depth at guard off the bench. LeBron James has been the primary ball-handler for L.A. since the playoffs started. Behind LeBron, there’s Danny Green and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope at SG, while Alex Caruso has been the backup PG, essentially. So Rondo should see a decent amount of playing time off the bench once he’s back up to speed.

With the Blazers down Zach Collins for the rest of the seasons, the Lakers adding a depth piece in Rondo bodes well for them taking the series. Damian Lillard also dislocated his index finger in Game 2, but is expected to play in Game 3 on Saturday. So looking at the series lines — which is probable down at most places — it’d be wise to see where the Lakers stand tied 1-1 and give L.A. a look. The Blazers are resilient, but this could be done in five games if Game 2 was any indication of things to come.