Lonzo Ball out for Lakers vs Thunder
NBA.com Global on Jan 04, 2018 07:24 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)
NBA.com staff report
Los Angeles Lakers rookie guard Lonzo Ball will miss today's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the team announced. However, fellow rookie guard Kyle Kuzma (quadriceps) and veteran center Brook Lopez (ankle) are available to play.
Mike Bresnahan of Spectrum SportsNet reports the Lakers are hoping Ball will be able to suit up Friday (Saturday, PHL time) against the Charlotte Hornets.
Brook Lopez and Kyle Kuzma are available to play tonight. Lonzo Ball is out.— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 3, 2018
Lonzo Ball will not play tonight vs. OKC because his left shoulder is still “a little sore,” Luke Walton says.— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) January 3, 2018
The plan is for Lonzo to take part in practice Thursday with the hope of playing Friday vs. Charlotte.
Ball has been out with a sprained left shoulder since Dec. 23, missing five consecutive games. The 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. 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.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.