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Lakers to re-evaluate Lonzo Ball’s injury status in a week

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Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, who suffered a sprained ankle last January, will be re-evaluated again in a week’s time.

Per Shams Charania of The Athletic:

To recall, Ball suffered a Grade 3 sprained ankle on Jan. 19 against the Houston Rockets. He has been out since and has subsequently missed 14 games. Initially, the team reported that he’ll be out for four to six weeks. But after further evaluation, they said that the former second overall pick has a bone bruise in the ankle and his return had been pushed back.

Various analysts have praised Ball’s play this season. Not only is he a gifted playmaker, but his aggressiveness on the defensive end has been his main contribution to the Lakers. Many believe that once he returns, the Lakers will get that much-needed boost to make a run at the playoffs. For the season, he’s averaging 9.9 points per game, 5.4 assists, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.5 steals across 30.3 minutes.

Earlier this week, LeBron James admitted that they’ve been missing Ball’s services. He noted the 21-year-old’s defensive ability as well as his skills as a point guard as his main assets.

“We obviously miss another ballhandler, another playmaker,” James said per Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times.“A guy that’s very, very good defensively. With his ability to get a steal and pressure the offensive point guard and then push the pace for us, get into our early offense. So we miss that a lot.”

Given the latest news on Ball’s condition, we should expect the Lakers medical staff to release some sort of time table for his return.