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Podcast: Lakers, Lonzo Ball lose their safety net as Rajon Rondo breaks hand

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How the Lakers handle an injury to Rajon Rondo will show a lot about everyone involved, starting with Lonzo Ball.

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As annoying as it might have been to see Luke Walton close games with Rajon Rondo, now that he’ll be out for the foreseeable future (reports are Rondo will be out the next four weeks), not having him in the rotation will leave a hole.

As annoying as it might be to admit, Lonzo Ball has been up-and-down this season and questions still very much remain about whether his improved shooting this year is for real. Those flashes Ball has shown have been fantastic, but also somewhat fleeting. With Rondo out for the next month, he’ll have to be consistent or the Lakers will really find themselves in a tough spot.

On a similar token, Luke Walton now has no choice (to a certain extent) but to see what his second-year point guard is capable of on a nightly basis. He could theoretically look elsewhere late in tight games, but at some point, both he and the rest of the Lakers organization need to learn what Ball can do.

Today’s Lakers podcast content will discuss both the game from last night and what Rondo’s injury means across the roster moving forward.

In this week’s episode of “Can You Dig It?” Christian and Grant talk about the position the Lakers are in at the point guard spot and the players, excluding Ball, that will have to step up in his absence. Will Alex Caruso be called up? Could we see Isaac Bonga get minutes? Should Brandon Ingram spend some time at point guard?

They also discuss the monster night LeBron James had against the Portland Trail Blazers and why it took so long for James to have his superstar moment. For arguably the first time since joining the team, LeBron looked like LeBron.

Finally, they discuss the latest rumors surrounding Carmelo Anthony and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The conversation turns into a Markelle Fultz debate at some point, because why not?

As always, this is just a tidbit of the full context given in the shows. Listen to the full discussions below and please check out old episodes, or guarantee you won’t miss any ever again by subscribing to either “The Silver Screen and Roll Podcast” or “Locked on Lakers” on iTunes.