Lakers guard Rajon Rondo’s sprained finger on his right hand will require surgery that will sideline him approximately a month, The Athletic reported Friday.
Rondo, 32, suffered the injury Tuesday in the Lakers’ win over the Warriors, the team announced, and sat out L.A.’s loss Thursday against the the Kings in Sacramento.
Rajon Rondo (right ring finger sprain) will not travel with the team to Sacramento.
His status will be updated on Friday.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 27, 2018
Rondo missed 17 games earlier this season after breaking the same hand against the Trail Blazers in mid-November. He had returned only last week and appeared in three games before suffering the finger injury.
Rondo, who is in his first season with the Lakers, is averaging 8.4 points and 6.7 assists in 14 games in 2018-19. He’s shooting 45 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from 3-point range.
The Lakers also are without star LeBron James, who strained his groin against the Warriors and is considered “day-to-day” but expected to miss several games.
The Lakers are 20-15 after Thursday’s loss, tied for fifth place in the Western Conference with the Blazers, a half-game back of the Clippers, entering Friday’s games.