Rondo had eight points, four assists and four turnovers in the game. He was a -10.
Lakers head coach Frank Vogel talked about standing behind Rondo even after a bad game.
“Rajon is one of the smartest players in the league, and obviously our guys’ IQ raises when he’s on the court, so he’s definitely going to help us this series,” Vogel said.
Rondo was out for the whole first round and the entire eight seeding game schedule. To play on such a big stage after being out since March is very difficult and it is understandable for him to have struggles.
“It is a challenge working in a new player at this stage in the playoffs,” Vogel said. “It’s always a little bit different when you work somebody in at this stage.”
The Lakers will play again on Sunday at 8:30 PM EST.