Ball (ankle) has been diagnosed with a Grade 3 left ankle sprain and is expected to remain out for 4-to-6 weeks, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reports. Ball suffered the ankle injury during Saturday's contest, and although X-rays came back negative, he'll be sidelined for at least the next month. Updates on his status will be provided as he makes progress in his recovery. With Ball on the shelf, expect Josh Hart and Rajon Rondo (who is doubtful for Monday) to take over at point guard.
Ball did not suffer a left ankle fracture as his X-rays came back negative Saturday, Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times reports. Ball sustained the left ankle injury during the third quarter of Saturday's game against the Rockets and had to be carried to the locker room by teammates. The Lakers are calling the injury a left ankle sprain for the time being, but an MRI is likely on tap in the near future. The Lakers are set to host the Warriors on Monday but Ball is unlikely to be available with such a short turnaround.
Ball was diagnosed with a sprained left ankle but is headed to a local hospital for X-rays, Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site reports. Heading to a local hospital is usually cause for concern, but in this case it's standard procedure as the X-ray machine at the arena isn't functioning properly. Ball suffered the injury in the third quarter of Saturday's game at Houston and had to be carried to the locker room by a pair of teammates.
Ball was carried to the locker room after suffering what appeared to be a left ankle injury during Saturday's game against the Rockets, Bill Oram of The Athletic reports. Ball appeared to be in significant pain as was unable to put any weight on his left leg. The specifics and severity of the injury remain unclear but the Lakers' starting point guard seems unlikely to return to Saturday's game at Houston.
Ball contributed 18 points (7-17 FG, 4-10 3Pt), 10 assists, six rebounds, and one steal in 33 minutes during Thursday's 138-128 overtime win against the Thunder. Ball has scored in double figures in three straight games while providing consistently well-rounded production in every category except blocks. Ball remains an inefficient shooter, but that doesn't stop him from being aggressive and making an impact on the stat sheet. With LeBron James (groin) out through Monday, Ball will continue to share lead playmaking duties with Brandon Ingram for at least the next two contests.
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