Pacific Notes: Rondo, Suns, Cauley-Stein, Bell

Lonzo Ball was once again named the Lakers‘ starting point guard on Saturday against the Spurs, but that doesn’t mean his status in the role will be permanent. Rajon Rondo made a solid return to the lineup after being suspended for three games, scoring 12 points and dishing five assists in 29 minutes. Ball struggled in his first start and shot 2-8 from the floor.

“I didn’t play well tonight,” Ball admitted, according to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times. “Bad game. I’m human. I don’t play good every game.”

Both Ball and Rondo share similar playstyles, looking to play in transition and make their teammates better. They both struggle shooting from deep and prefer to attack the basket for points. The major difference lies in experience, where Rondo holds 11 more NBA seasons of playing time.

“Doesn’t matter who starts. They are both fine either way,” head coach Walton said. “They just want to win, is what they told me. They know that the decision is made by the coaching staff and they support each other and whatever it is they’ll go out and do their job.”

There’s more from the Pacific Division:

  • The Suns have a promising young core featuring Devin Booker, Josh Jackson and Deandre Ayton, but the organization still has a ways to go before reaching true success, writes Gina Mizell of The Athletic. “Teams don’t just overnight become championship organizations or great playoff teams,” Suns forward Ryan Anderson said. “It takes time to build. You have to allow some time for that, but you can’t really make an excuse for not playing hard.”
  • Willie Cauley-Stein has so far backed up his talk about getting paid next summer, James Ham of NBC Sports writes. Cauley-Stein has averaged an impressive 16.5 points and eight rebounds in six games for the Kings this season.
  • The Mercury News’ Logan Murdock details how Jordan Bell plans to work himself back into the Warriors’ rotation. The 23-year-old has seen limited time behind starting center Damian Jones in the team’s first six games. “It felt good to be out there,” Bell said. “It sucks when you’re watching the team do damage and you know you can help. But you got to understand how to be a pro and just realize some matchups aren’t right.”
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9 thoughts on “Pacific Notes: Rondo, Suns, Cauley-Stein, Bell

  1. madmanTX

    Rondo the Spitter impressive? He just cost them the win against the Spurs.

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    • I thought Melo said he’s the one that spit. Was he just kidding? I didn’t get all the details.

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    • Guest617

      some ppl spray while they talk. rondo’s mouth-guard was loaded with clem. obv you’ve never played sports.

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  2. dimitrios in la

    Too early to say this perhaps but if Ball doesn’t get his shooting together he could end up being a legit bust.

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    • x%sure

      Too late… he has been shooting well, better than year 1, when he was the starter.

      But if he has to come off the bench to be efficient, as a #2 pick that is kind of a bust.

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  3. Luckylefty2

    I knew this would happen to Jordan bell. He is only effective when the team basically has a 4 or 3 playing the center position. He should be thankful the bulls didnt draft him last year or else he would have been stuck behind felicio.

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