LeBron James spoke of the “intangibles” Rajon Rondo brings to the Lakers after the veteran guard produced a dominant outing Sunday night time to mark his return to kind and health.
Rondo had 10 factors, 9 assists and 5 steals off the bench in top-seeded LA’s series-leveling 117-109 win over the Rockets. The Western Convention semifinal is now tied 1-1.
James highlighted Rondo’s total affect, which the Lakers have missed since he suffered a thumb damage in apply in July. Rondo was making simply his second look within the Orlando bubble.
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“I feel he was simply extraordinarily aggressive, not solely offensively, however defensively — taking the problem on James [Harden], taking the problem on whoever he was guarding. Simply making an attempt to steer,” stated James, who had 28 factors, 11 rebounds and 9 assists.
“I imply, that is what ‘Do [Rondo] is. He is a frontrunner. And for us to have him again within the postseason, it is a key for our crew. He is available in, he pushes the tempo, he will get guys concerned and that does not at all times present up within the stat sheet.
“The intangibles that he does each offensively and defensively — his nostril is at all times across the ball and he simply makes performs for us, and tonight was one other instance of that.”
The Lakers switched issues up after their 112-97 loss in Recreation 1, and James stated the modifications showcased the crew’s versatility.
“We constructed the crew to have the ability to play in numerous methods and to have the ability to play large vs. groups, to have the ability to play small, to have the ability to play in between,” he stated. “We constructed that from the start and we’ve got that, at all times had that, in our toolbox.”