Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball to miss at least two more games

Lonzo Ball drives against the Charlotte Hornets on Jan. 5 2018. 
  
   

   Ball Ruled Out for Road Trip

Lonzo Ball drives against the Charlotte Hornets on Jan. 5 2018. Ball Ruled Out for Road Trip

Lonzo Ball will miss the last two games of the Los Angeles Lakers' current road trip as he recovers from a sprained knee ligament, coach Luke Walton said Thursday, February 1.

Ball will not play Friday in Brooklyn and will miss Sunday's game at Oklahoma City when the Lakers conclude their five-game road trip.

"Today was our last real practice", Walton said. He's reportedly making progress, but Ball will have missed at least 10 straight games over this stretch.

Walton indicated at the weekend that the Lakers won't rush Ball, the second overall selection in last June's draft. Now in the first day of February, Ball has still not seen any game action since back on January 13 in a road win over the Dallas Mavericks.

At this point, it's just a wait-and-see sort of thing, as the team continues to play it safe with him. Since the Lakers will have only a shootaround in OKC on Saturday, there will not be another opportunity for the 20-year-old point guard to get back in the full-contact flow with his teammates until the Purple and Gold return to Southern California next week. In 36 starts this season for the Lakers, Ball is now averaging 10.2 points, a team-high 7.1 assists, 7.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in 33.9 minutes of action per contest.

Without Ball, the Lakers have moved Tyler Ennis into the starting lineup with two-way contract recipient Alex Caruso seeing an increase in minutes as well.

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