Ball (knee) said Wednesday that he plans to return to action on Feb. 23 against the Mavericks, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN reports. Ball hasn't played in over a calendar month while dealing with discomfort in his left knee, and while he acknowledged that he's still not 100 percent, Ball said that he'd be playing if it were the playoffs. The rookie will remain out Wednesday and Thursday as the Lakers close out their pre-All-Star schedule with a back-to-back, but the expectation is that Ball will return to the mix after the break when the Lakers play host to the Mavs. Ball could be gradually re-integrated into the rotation, but he's expected to eventually reclaim the starting point guard spot once he's back up to full speed.
Ball (knee) participated in Tuesday's practice but will not play until after the All-Star break, Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site rpeorts. Ball is reportedly still dealing with some discomfort in his left knee, so instead of rushing the rookie back this week, the Lakers will elect to exercise caution. With Ball out at least the next two games, both Isaiah Thomas and Josh Hart should be in line for extended minutes in the backcourt both Wednesday and Thursday.
Ball went through a non-contact practice Monday, Bill Oram of the Orange County Register reports. Ball progressed to full-speed drills over the weekend, so this isn't ground breaking news. That said, it does indicate he's yet to take contact, which means a return may not be forthcoming. The Lakers face off with the Pelicans on Wednesday and the Timberwolves on Thursday prior to the All-Star break and it remains to be seen if Ball will be cleared for either of those contests. Look for another update following Tuesday's practice.
Ball (knee) -- who is out for Saturday's game against Dallas -- has progressed to doing drills at full speed, with the next step being taking some light contact from an assistant coach, Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports. Ball has missed 12 straight games while recovering from a left knee sprain, though he's making good progress. When he does return to the court, he'll have a new backcourt partner, as Isaiah Thomas was traded to the team from Cleveland at Thursday's trade deadline. Thomas is being eased into the rotation, beginning with coming off the bench for his debut Saturday against the Mavericks, but there's a strong implication that he'll eventually be a starter. It seems doubtful that will come at the expense of Ball's starting spot, so Kentavious Caldwell-Pope could be the one who ends up shifting to the pine.
Ball (knee) will not play Saturday against the Mavericks, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.com reports. This will be the 13th consecutive game Ball misses while dealing with a left knee sprain. When healthy, Ball will share the backcourt with newly-acquired Isaiah Thomas, although Ball is still expected to see a full workload and be the team's starting point guard.
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