Rajon Rondo passes up a wide open layup in a late-game blunder for the Lakers

Rajon Rondo passes up a wide open layup in a late-game blunder for the Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers visited the San Antonio Spurs last night for their second matchup of the season, as the Spurs came out victorious once again 106-110. But the main topic concerning the game is Rajon Rondo’s decision at the end of the game to pass up a wide-open layup.

Rondo is usually regarded as one of the smartest players in the NBA, but on this play, he didn’t show his high basketball IQ. The Spurs had a 105-108 lead with 15.9 seconds to go, as the Lakers were inbounding the ball. They were in search of a three-point shot.

Expectedly LeBron got the ball as the defense focused on him, but he saw a wide-open Rondo cutting to the key as Lebron passed him a great ball. But Rondo didn’t even look at the basket and in a sloppy fashion rushed back to the three-point line and passed it to Josh Hart who got it again to Lebron who had to settle for a hard three-pointer and missed.

Hart managed to get a rebound and to the free throw line, but it wasn’t enough as the Spurs came out with a victory, as the Lakers record went down to 2-4.

 

Despite Rondo’s late-game mistake, Lebron James seemed pretty poised and defended his teammate’s reaction:

“I was looking for a three and then “Do” got wide open, and I put the ball in his hands to make a play, and sometimes when you drive it you kinda mess with their defense and they start to shrink in, so you are able to get a three and that’s what “Do” was thinking trying to get Josh Hart one, but they stayed home and it got back to me and I missed.”

 

In his first game back from suspension Rondo finished with  12 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists, while LeBron had maybe his best game yet, scoring a season-high 35 points to go with his 11 rebounds and 4 assists.