The Los Angeles Lakers protection has taken a notable hit since second-year guard Lonzo Ball went down with an ankle sprain and bone bruise in opposition to the Rockets on January 19. It has been 14 video games as of Thursday, and it seems to be just like the rely will proceed, leaving the protection with out a essential piece through the stretch run.
Per Lakers beat reporter Mike Trudell, Ball nonetheless wants extra time earlier than returning to the court docket, stretching past the preliminary projection of a Four-6 week window:
The Lakers medical employees has decided that whereas Lonzo Ball continues to make progress in the direction of a return to play, he wants extra therapeutic/restoration time on account of a bone bruise associated to the ankle sprain suffered on Jan. 19. He’s set to be reevaluated by crew docs in a few week.
Ball had been averaging 9.9 factors, 5.three rebounds and 5.Four assists in 30.three minutes by 47 video games. The Lakers chosen the 21-year-old No. 2 total within the 2017 NBA Draft.