Lakers unsure if Lonzo Ball will suit up again in 2017-18

NBA.com Global on Apr 05, 2018 07:37 AM
Lakers unsure if Lonzo Ball will suit up again in 2017-18
FILE - ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball during the preseason game on September 30, 2017 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball was out for a 15-game stretch from January to late February because of a left knee injury. A new injury on that same knee may end up sacking the rest of the rookie guard's 2017-18 season.

According to Tania Ganguli of The Los Angeles Times, the Lakers are considering shutting down Ball for the rest of the season. He did not play in last night's (Wednesday, PHL time) 117-110 road loss to the Utah Jazz and has not suited up since a 103-93 win on March 28 (Mar. 29, PHL time) against the Dallas Mavericks.

Here's more from Ganguli on Ball's injury and future:

The Lakers aren't sure if Lonzo Ball will play again this season because of a painful bruise in his left knee. But if he's fully healthy with even one or two games left, he'll play.

"If he gets healthy it's an opportunity to play him," Lakers coach Luke Walton said. "But if it remains sore … then we'll continue to leave him out for the rest of the season."

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Walton made it clear that with so few games left, and no playoffs to consider, the team will only play Ball when he is completely pain free to avoid aggravating his injury.

Ball traveled to Utah with the Lakers and wore an ice machine around his left knee during the portion of shootaround open to reporters. He participated in a three-on-three drill at the Lakers facility before a team flight Monday but woke up sore on Tuesday.

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