Lakers guard Rondo sidelined with sprained finger

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The Lakers would want James back as soon as possible, but were wary of rushing him back as a groin injury could cause further complications if not allowed to heal properly. As Charania reported, Rondo has a four-week timetable after undergoing surgery on his injured right hand.

"We are obviously not going to rush him back", said Walton, speaking during the Lakers' practice on Thursday morning.

The Kings are the first team to win three consecutive home games when trailing by 15 points or more since San Antonio did it during the 2016-17 season. He will miss Thursday night's game at Sacramento; Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma are expected to take on a bigger offensive burden in James' absence.

It's worth noting that as the South Bay Lakers detailed, both Alex Caruso and Johnathan Williams, who are two-way contracts, were brought back to the team.

In the Lakers' next game against the Clippers on Friday, our models project Ball for 28.5 FanDuel points.

With a short-handed roster on Thursday, Ball stepped up against the Kings with nearly his second triple-double of the season.

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He's averaged 12.5 points and 9.9 assists per 36 minutes in 14 games, two of which he's started, in his age-32 14th season.

Justin Jackson, who had 10 points including 3 clutch free throws that tied the game at 112 with 59.6 seconds left, rounded out the 6 Kings players who finished in double figures.