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Vogel: Rajon Rondo hopeful for Game 1 of second round

Lakers PG has been sidelined all postseason due to a fractured hand and back spasms.

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

Los Angeles Lakers PG Rajon Rondo is “hopeful” to play in Game 1 of the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs, per coach Frank Vogel. The Lakers are awaiting the winner of Game 7 between the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night.

Rondo has been sidelined all playoffs after fracturing his hand before the restart. He was set to return against the Portland Trail Blazers, but his back flared up with spasms and he was held out of Games 4 and 5. So now it looks like Rondo will get back in the lineup to start the second round.

If Rondo gets back into the lineup, it shouldn’t impact anyone on the Lakers too much. He’d likely be on a minutes restriction, so tops Rondo will play maybe 15 minutes or so. Alex Caruso, Danny Green and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope have been eating up most of the back court minutes. If and when Rondo gets back to full speed, he may leech some minutes from those three. Until then, the Lakers are all LeBron James and Anthony Davis really.