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Anthony Davis and Rajon Rondo will not play vs. Cavaliers, MRI reveals finger fracture for Rondo

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LeBron James is back in the starting lineup for the Lakers, but Anthony Davis is still out.

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Anthony Davis will miss his third consecutive game for the Los Angeles Lakers due to the gluteus maximus contusion he suffered against the New York Knicks last week.

Frank Vogel said that Davis has made progress, but is still dealing with some soreness. However, he expects his team to compete at the same level they played at when they upset the Thunder this past weekend.

“We’ve been without AD for a couple of games now, so hopefully we’ve found a little rhythm with what those lineups are going to look like, with (Kyle Kuzma) starting at the four and (Jared Dudley) backing him up,” Vogel said.

Rajon Rondo will also sit out of Monday night’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers after an MRI revealed a non-displaced volar plate avulsion fracture of the right ring finger earlier today. Rondo suffered the injury against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday. The Lakers are listing him as day-to-day, but a report gave a little more specificity:

On the bright side, the Lakers will be getting one of their superstar players back on Monday, as LeBron James has been cleared to play. James missed Saturday’s matchup with the Thunder due to flu-like symptoms. Avery Bradley will also be available after being listed as questionable with flu-like symptoms.

With James, Bradley and Danny Green available for Monday’s game, the Lakers will have four of their five starters available. However, their second unit will have to do some re-tooling with Rondo — the team’s primary backup point guard — sidelined. Alex Caruso can fill that role, but he’s struggled as the primary ball-handler dating back to the preseason. For that reason, Vogel said he’s going to get Quinn Cook some playing time. Cook scored 13 points off of the bench on Saturday.

Vogel could also defer to Kuzma, who’s enjoyed success with more ball-handling duties. Kuzma has averaged 31 points on 52.2% shooting from the field over the last two games. Until it stops working, Vogel should keep going to Kuzma.

The Lakers and Cavaliers will tip-off at 7:30 p.m. on Spectrum SportsNet.

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