Rondo breaks hand in Lakers' win over Blazers

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But the kid from Akron will never let it get to his head.

"A lot has been going on, but that's no excuse for not winning", he said.

Rondo fractured his right third metacarpal in the team's 126-117 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday. The veteran floor general opened the season as the Lakers' starter, but he moved to a reserve role following a three-game suspension for his role in a confrontation with Rockets guard Chris Paul.

"It's tough", said James. "A 100-point scorer. One of the greatest scorer-rebounders to ever play this game".

"But I think when you get multiple guys scoring in double-figures it means you're trusting your teammates and they're doing a nice job of scoring when you get the opportunity".

Portland (10-3) has won four in a row since a 114-110 loss to the visiting Lakers on November 3, its only defeat on a six-game homestand that culminated with a 100-94 win against the Boston Celtics on Sunday. Maybe now somebody will start debating who the better player is!

Trail Blazers: Lillard played without restrictions after missing practice to rest his right knee.

Despite squandering a 15-point lead in the third quarter, Memphis used a 15-2 run in the fourth to post a 116-113 victory. In fact, he knocked down his first five attempts from downtown. Rondo apparently hurt his hand while making a steal, but he kept playing for several more minutes before coming out of the game. He hasn't played since October 25.

A local legend at Compton's Dominguez High, Chandler has returned to L.A. with a mission to use his skill set and experience to help his hometown Lakers in areas of need. He made all eight of his fourth-quarter free throws, including the two from the flagrant foul on Portland's C.J.

"LeBron carried them", Nurkic said.

Instead, the impact will be determined by whether Chandler, 7-foot-3 wingspan and all, can alter enough shots at the rim to make life hard for opposing offences.

He is expected to miss four-to-five weeks and comes at a time when the Lakers were finally turning the corner with the early part of their season. The clubs don't have their final meeting until the regular-season finale at Staples Center on April 9.

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