Lakers’ Lonzo Ball to miss 4-6 weeks with Grade 3 ankle sprain
The Los Angeles Lakers have confirmed that second-year point guard Lonzo Ball will miss at least a month due to the ankle injury he suffered against the Houston Rockets.
According to Ryan Ward of ClutchPoints, Lonzo Ball will be sidelined for about four to six weeks with what the Lakers discovered as a Grade 3 ankle sprain.
#Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with Grade 3 ankle sprain.
— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) January 20, 2019
Ball suffered the injury during the third quarter of the game against the Rockets. The 21-year-old guard writhed in pain on the floor after colliding with Houston swingman James Ennis. He even had to be helped off the court and brought to the locker room after the incident.
The second overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft, Ball was also brought to the nearest hospital to undergo tests. Initial X-rays were said to be negative, but there were already concerns that the injury is significant. And that proved to be the case with this latest development.
Ball has been an important member of the Lakers, and it doesn’t help the team that he also got injured. The Lakers are already nursing injuries to LeBron James and veteran point guard Rajon Rondo.
Ball is averaging 9.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game. Over the last four matches for the Lakers, however, the UCLA product has put up 14.5 points, 6.5 boards, 8.8 dimes and 1.5 steals.