Lonzo Ball has a sprained left ankle and will not return. He was taken to an area hospital for X-rays because the machine at the Toyota Center was not working, according to the Lakers.
While this is not something that should cause serious concern, the Lakers still hope that Ball's injury isn't something serious as they are already without LeBron James and Rajon Rondo. If Ball will miss a significant amount of time, the Lakers will be severely shorthanded in the point guard position. It will force Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma to play point.
The Lakers can always tap Alex Caruso and Isaac Bonga from their G-League affiliate, South Bay Lakers, but since they haven't been able to play a significant amount of minutes this season, their inexperience might do more harm than good for the team.
The Lakers are in a tight spot right now, currently in the eighth seed in the Western Conference standings. Injuries and inconsistencies have been their biggest problems this season. If this trend continues they might be out of the playoff race even before LeBron could make a return.