Los Angeles Lakers: 3 Lessons from the win over Thunder

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Rajon Rondo had a good game for the Los Angeles Lakers. No seriously, he did!

Raise you hand if you thought this was going to be a scheduled loss for the Los Angeles Lakers when Rajon Rondo was placed in the starting lineup? Lake Show Life appreciates your honesty.

Rondo was a major factor in the Lakers surge in the 1st quarter. He hit 6 of his first 7 shots finishing 2 assists shy of a triple-double scoring 21 points, 8 assists and 12 rebounds taking LeBron James’ place at point guard. Kyle Kuzma’s performance was not shocking to anybody, but Rondo’s was. He was a leader for once. That’s a strong statement, but think about the past two games with Chris Paul on the floor. How about last year?


To all the people reading this saying, “That was last year! Move on!” Okay, we can do that how about this year?

Rajon Rondo channeled this Pacific Ocean level of resentment into his best performance in a Lakers uniform. For the second night in a row, Rajon Rondo actually did what the Lakers need him to do. Push the pace, score enough to keep the defense honest and make plays for teammates without dribbling out the shot clock or turning the ball over.

Rondo did not get out of the game unscathed. He strained his ring finger in the game and is day-to-day. Kind of reminiscent of last year when he hurt his thumb against the Warriors on Christmas Day.

Lake Show Life has been extremely critical of Rondo this season (Really don’t see it stopping after just one game!) but we call it like we see it. Rondo ran the offense so well that the Lakers offense did not miss a beat with LeBron James out.

With Darren Collison being floated around as an option, this game was huge for Rajon Rondo.