Lonzo Ball suffered minor MCL sprain vs. Mavs two weeks ago
After a near triple-double performance against the Dallas Mavericks, Lonzo Ball has missed the last six games due to a knee injury. Unlike his last injury where the Los Angeles Lakers lost all six games, they are currently on a four-game winning streak during his absence.
With Ball already missing two weeks, Tania Ganguli of Los Angeles Times provided more details about the extent of the injury and a potential return timetable:
A little more detail on Lonzo’s injury. It’s a minor MCL sprain, and those typically take 1-3 weeks. So he hasn’t had any new issues or setbacks. Isn’t testing it with lateral movement yet.
— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) January 27, 2018
Although Ball has not practiced yet, he has been shooting and lifting as the Lakers continue their five-game road trip against the Toronto Raptors. Fortunately for Los Angeles, they have found a way to stay competitive and even win games without the second overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
While it remains to be seen when Ball returns, head coach Luke Walton will continue to rely on Tyler Ennis, Alex Caruso, and Jordan Clarkson. While Ennis has been inserted into the starting lineup, Caruso has played more minutes as Clarkson and Brandon Ingram share some of the ball-handling duties.
After defeating the Chicago Bulls, the Lakers have a realistic opportunity to come back to Los Angeles with a winning road trip record. As they prepare for the Raptors, the Lakers will then face the Orlando Magic, Brooklyn Nets, and Oklahoma City Thunder.