Ball, who underwent a platelet-rich plasma shot in his knee and missed the final eight games of the season, is now healthy enough to resume basketball-related activities, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN reports.
Ball, who has been lifting weights since the season ended, noted that the injury was minor and he "just basically took time off [to let the knee heal]". Now 100 percent healthy, Ball can continue to work on his all-around offensive game and finding consistency with his shot -- something the Lakers reportedly have stressed to him. He finished his rookie campaign hitting just 36.0 percent of his shots from the field, 30.5 percent from three and 45.1 percent from the charity stripe. There were positives to the year, however, including his passing (7.2 assists per game), rebounding (6.9) and defense (a combined 2.5 steals/blocks)
Ball will finish his rookie campaign sitting out the final eight games due to a knee injury, bringing his total games missed during his rookie season up to 30. While that's certainly not how the 2017 second-overall pick wanted to start his career, Ball still showed flashes of his play-making ability and scoring potential. Over 52 contests, Ball ended up with averages of 10.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, 7.2 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.7 three-pointers across 34.2 minutes. In addition, he shot 36 percent from the field and 30.5 percent from three-point land. With an offseason to get fully healthy and work on his shot, Ball should show improvements heading into his sophomore campaign, making him an extremely intriguing fantasy target to monitor for next year's drafts.
Ball (knee) is out for Tuesday's contest against the Rockets, Mike Bresnahan of Spectrum SportsNet reports.
There was some hope that Ball would be able to make a return Tuesday after six straight absences, but that ultimately will not be the case. In his stead, Alex Caruso looks to be in line for another start. Ball's final chance to take the floor arrives Wednesday against the Clippers.
Ball (knee) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Rockets, Mike Bresnahan of Spectrum Sportsnet reports.
Ball has missed the last six games with a lingering left knee bruise and despite being listed as questionable, expect the Lakers to remain cautious with their prized rookie. An official update on his availability will likely be provided following Tuesday's morning shootaround, but either way, Ball seems likely to miss one, or both, games of the Lakers upcoming back-to-back set.
Ball (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's matchup with the Jazz, Shahan Ahmed of NBC Los Angeles reports.
Ball will be missing a sixth straight game, though considering he had previously been ruled questionable, it appears he's getting closer to a potential return. While the Lakers are going to be as cautious as possible with their prized rookie, there's an outside shot he plays in one, or both, of the team's upcoming games against the Rockets and Clippers to end the season. In the meantime, Alex Caruso figures to make a nother start at point guard, with Josh Hart getting big minutes in the backcourt as well.
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