Lakers PG Lonzo Ball carried to the locker room after sustaining apparent ankle injury vs. Rockets
Injuries just keep on coming for the Los Angeles Lakers as of late.
During the third period of the Lakers’ game against the Houston Rockets, sophomore guard Lonzo Ball suffered what seems to be an ankle injury.
Lonzo Ball is writhing around on the ground. Looks like his ankle got hurt pretty badly.
— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) January 20, 2019
Lonzo Ball had to be carried off the court to the locker room by two teammates after appearing to hurt his left leg. Will update as information becomes available.
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) January 20, 2019
Updates are expected to follow soon.
The Lakers have been struggling to win games after losing LeBron James (groin) and Rajon Rondo (hand) to injuries after their Christmas Day showdown against the Golden State Warriors. They have lost seven of their last 12 games and if Ball will miss a significant amount of time, this could really hurt the Lakers’ chances of making the playoffs. They’re currently tied with the Utah Jazz for the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference standings.
Without Ball, the Lakers are now without three of their best ball handlers and playmakers, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma are expected to play point while waiting to see if the second overall pick in last year’s draft could return to the court.
As of this writing, the Lakers are up 82-77 against the Rockets despite leading 69-52 before Ball got hurt.
Lonzo exited the game with eight points, 11 assists, and three rebounds and was instrumental in helping the Lakers build a double-digit lead in the first half.