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13 days ago

You've heard all of the numbers by now. The Lakers' offense scored a blistering 113 points per 100 possessions with LeBron James on the floor before the hiatus, and a dismal 105.3 when he sat. The mastermind behind those struggles was Rajon Rondo, with whom the Lakers outscored opponents by only a (relatively) paltry 1.4 points per 100 possessions compared to a stellar 9.3 when he sat. On an otherwise sterling roster, Rondo was the weak link for 63 games, dragging down the performance of a team that was dominant with just about any other combination of five players on the court. Any potential replacement would, therefore, be judged not on his own numbers, but on his impact on the excellent team he was joining.

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