Reports: Lonzo Ball possibly shut down for rest of season

NBA.com Global on Mar 11, 2019 06:51 AM
Reports: Lonzo Ball possibly shut down for rest of season
FILE - 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)

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The hits keep coming in Los Angeles where the Lakers announced earlier Saturday (Sunday, PHl time) that Brandon Ingram would miss the rest of the season with a deep venous thrombosis in his right arm.

Per Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports and Shams Charania of The Athletic, it looks like Lonzo Ball is set to join him on the season shelf. Haynes first teased the potential announcement, pending the evaluation:

Ball, averaging 9.9 points (40.6 FG%, 32.9 3P%), 5.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 30.3 minutes through 47 games, suffered what was eventually diagnosed as a Grade 3 left ankle sprain on January 19 (Jan. 20, PHL time) vs. the Rockets. The Lakers have been 5-13 since. As Charania notes, this early start on the offseason will provide ball a full summer to prep for the first time in three NBA seasons.

Following Saturday's (Sunday, PHL time) game against the Celtics, per team beat reporter Mike Trudell, the Lakers clarified Ball's status:

Two weeks would be up on March 25 (Mar. 26, PHL time). The regular season ends on April 10 (April 11, PHL time).

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