Westbrook made all three shots, sending the game to overtime, with the Lakers going on to win the game 138-128.
In 14 games this season, Rondo is averaging 8.4 points, 6.7 assists and 4.4 rebounds. "I'm not surprised because LeBron James is the most valuable player in the history of basketball". Led by the dynamic duo of Paul George and Russell Westbrook, the Thunder look to keep pace with the rest of the teams in the top tier of the West against a Laker team that's seen better days. The poor stretch has sent them tumbling down the crowded Western Conference standings, all the way to ninth place and out of the playoff picture.
While he finished out the game, during which LeBron James also suffered a left groin strain, Rondo was in considerable pain the next day and unable to use his hand.More news: USA brands China’s death sentence against Canadian ‘politically motivated’
In the absence of Lebron, Kyle Kuzma and Michael Beasley have played well.
If the season ended right now, the Los Angeles Lakers would be on the outside looking in.
The Lakers and James, who turned 34 last month, are being prudent with this injury to a star famous for playing through all types of physical ailments, both major and minor. "We told him to foul, but it was loud in there".
James has not played for the Lakers since limping out of his team's Christmas Day victory over the Golden State Warriors last month at the Staples Center. If he adhered to the six-week recovery period, he would not be ready for action until early February. This season's total already represents the most games he has missed consecutively in any season, eclipsing the eight straight he sat out in 2014-15 while dealing with back and knee pain. Technically he's going to be re-evaluated on Wednesday and I suppose it's possible he could be cleared.