Lakers' Ball, Lopez cleared for practice return from injury
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 03, 2018 07:00 AM
DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 2: Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers warms up before the game against the Denver Nuggets on December 2, 2017 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball and center Brook Lopez have been cleared to return to practice after recent injury absences.
Ball and Lopez are both questionable for the Lakers’ next game against Oklahoma City on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).
Ball has been out with a sprained left shoulder since Dec. 23 (Dec. 24, PHL time), missing five consecutive games. The rookie No. 2 overall draft pick is averaging 10.0 points, 7.1 assists and 6.9 rebounds per game.
Lopez has missed eight games since spraining his right ankle Dec. 18 (Dec. 19, PHL time). The veteran big man is averaging 12.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in his first season with Los Angeles.
The Lakers (11-25) have lost seven straight games to fall back into last place in the Western Conference standings.