The Los Angeles Lakers have confirmed that Lonzo Ball has sustained a knee contusion during Wednesday night’s 103-93 win over the Dallas Mavericks at home, per Ryan Ward of ClutchPoints. While the injury is not a serious one, Ward also noted that the rookie point guard is questionable for Friday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center.
#Lakers PG Lonzo Ball is listed as day-to-day with the knee contusion. Questionable for tomorrow’s game vs. #Bucks
— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) March 29, 2018
Lonzo Ball suffered the injury late in the third quarter of the Mavs game when he was hit in the back of his knee while trying to defend against a screen play. He was taken out of the game shortly after that and was later ruled out for the rest of the contest. Before he left, Ball managed to put up eight points to go with five assists and four rebounds in 24 minutes of action.
The former UCLA Bruin has had a heavy workload of late. Ball had played at least 42 minutes in each of the three games prior to the meeting with Dallas. That stretch includes the 112-106 road loss to the Detroit Pistons on Monday in which Ball logged in 43 minutes, coming up with a near triple-double of 15 points, 11 assist, and eight rebounds.
If Ball gets ultimately shelved against Milwaukee, expect Tyler Ennis and Alex Caruso receive a boost in playing time. The Lakers are already missing Isaiah Thomas, who is set to go under the knife to repair a hip injury.
So far in his first season in the league, Ball is averaging 10.2 points, 7.2 assists, and 6/9 rebounds.
The Lakers are out of playoff contention also, so there is no need to rush Ball back.