It was the first win of the season by eight points or fewer for the Trail Blazers, who lost their only other two games decided by eight points or less. That was accomplished when the Los Angeles Lakers acquired Chandler off of waivers on November 6 after he parted ways with the Phoenix Suns.
Given the comments that LeBron James gave Yahoo Sports last week, it seems that the decision to play Chandler in late-game situations has turned the tides for the Lakers' season as well as LeBron's outlook.
Rondo will see a specialist Thursday to determine whether to opt for surgery, a team source told ESPN.
The main issue and probable cause with the Lakers' early season woes stemmed from Luke Walton being unable to find somebody to protector the rim when McGee would head to the bench.
E'Twaun Moore had a game-high 31 points on 13-of-23 shooting in the loss for the Pelicans.
James has been the leading scorer in both meetings against Portland this season.
The Lakers had switched to a bigger starting lineup when Portland and Los Angeles met the second time.
"He's a true leader", said Ball, who has started the past 12 games and is looking at an uptick in minutes with Rondo out. "I nearly cracked [last week]", he told Yahoo Sports.
"It's tough", said James.
"I don't know how I feel right now", James said.
Damian Lillard had 31 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, and CJ McCollum scored 23 points in the Trail Blazers' first road loss to the Lakers since February 22, 2013, ending a nine-game streak at Staples.
Rondo did not speak with reporters in the locker room.
"He's still going to be with the team a lot so he's going to be talking to us, so, definitely leadership will still be here". "I landed flat on my foot and then kind of just crumbled a little bit. I had to run it off to make sure it wasn't nothing insane".