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Bill Oram: Luke Walton said Lonzo Ball played a little yesterday, and probably could play today but team obviously won’t rush it. “We’re gonna wait until he’s all the way healthy,” Walton said, “if that happens.”
Tania Ganguli: Brandon Ingram didn't travel with the Lakers to Utah and is out for tomorrow's game. Lonzo Ball did travel but is doubtful. Naturally, Alex Caruso is still with them.
Mike Trudell: The MRI on Lonzo Ball confirmed that it was a left knee contusion, and he’s day-to-day. Official listing is “questionable” for Milwaukee on Friday. Ball thought he was fine postgame and didn’t practice today prior to getting the MRI. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow morning.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Lonzo Ball will undergo an MRI tomorrow on his left knee contusion. Ball said he got kneed in the back of his knee on a back screen and said it's a bruise. He didn't seem concerned about it and says it is not in the same spot as the sprained MCL in his left knee that cost him 15 games earlier this season.
Ryan Ward: Lonzo Ball on if he’s concerned about the MRI: “I’m not. I think it is just a bruise on the back of the leg and I think it should be okay.” #Lakers
Tania Ganguli: Luke Walton says Lonzo will get an MRI tomorrow. He got kneed in the back of the leg. "The doc thinks he's going to be ok," Walton said.
Lonzo Ball is set to return to the Los Angeles Lakers’ starting lineup on Thursday against the Miami Heat, following a two-game stint on the bench after a 15-game absence on account of a sprained MCL in his left knee. In LaVar Ball’s mind, the blame for that setback, along with Zo’s previous six-game absence with a sprained shoulder, belongs at the feet of the Purple and Gold. His reasoning? That head coach Luke Walton’s penchant for playing him in shorter bursts and resting him in between, rather than having him play through, put the Crown Prince of Chino Hills in peril. “So now you got him going 100 miles an hour then stop, 100 miles an hour then stop,” the Big Baller explained during a recent appearance on Delfi TV in Lithuania. “So now you start getting injuries. So now, people like, ‘Man he’s injury prone.’ ‘Cause y’all injuring him.”
Mike Trudell: Lonzo Ball went through a full practice today. He’s still officially listed as questionable for tomorrow’s game. Walton said they’ll make that decision tomorrow after they see how he responds to practice. “He looked good today. It’s all about how he recovers.”
Mike Trudell: Lonzo Ball on tomorrow’s game: “If it was up to me I’d be playing, but I gotta get the clearance from (the training staff).” He’ll share how he feels tomorrow w/t trainers and go from there. Ball added that he didn’t think he’d be out this long, and said he’s been frustrated.
Rookie Lonzo Ball says he will return from a sprained left MCL injury next Friday against Dallas in the Los Angeles Lakers' first game back from the All-Star break.
Ball, who will miss his 14th consecutive game on Wednesday against the New Orleans Pelicans, said on Wednesday that he could play right now if this were the playoffs. Instead, he will use the extra week during the All-Star break to mitigate any lingering discomfort in the knee. Ball, who sustained his injury on Jan. 13, will not play in Friday's Rising Stars game. "I practiced yesterday, [and] it's at a point where I can play, but it still hurts a little bit," Ball said after the team's shootaround. "So they want to just get that out and take this week, and we are playing good right now, so no need to rush it."
Bill Oram: Lonzo Ball said he expects to play in the first game after All-Star break against Dallas. Until then, a busy weekend in LA: pop-up shop in LA, mixtape release, autograph signings.
Mike Trudell: Walton said it’s not his decision about whether Lonzo Ball would play in the Rising Stars game on Friday, but since the Lakers are holding him out of the two prior games (Wednesday and Thursday night), safe to assume he won’t play on Friday.
Mike Bresnahan: Lonzo Ball went through a limited practice today, a Lakers official said. They have another practice tomorrow and then games Wednesday and Thursday before All-Star break.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Lonzo Ball did everything in practice except contact. Depending on how Ball feels tomorrow morning, the Lakers will see what he can do in practice tomorrow before the Lakers' upcoming back-to-back.
Mike Trudell: Lonzo Ball has progressed to doing drills at full speed and hasn’t had any set backs. Next step is to do drills with some contact from asst. coach Miles Simon. After that, practice w/rest of team.
Mike Bresnahan: Lonzo Ball is gradually ramping up his physical activity but isn’t jumping or sprinting yet. When he first felt pain in his left knee, “I didn’t know it was this serious,” he said Wednesday. He has been out more than three weeks.
Mike Bresnahan: Lonzo Ball (knee) isn’t certain he’ll play in the Rising Stars game a week from Friday. “If my body won’t let me, then I can’t do it,” he said Wednesday. All-Star weekend will be at Staples Center.
Luke Walton said that the Lakers will not push Lonzo Ball through pain during his workouts on his way back to playing. If the point guard feels pain in his sprained right MCL while doing something, the Lakers will go back to what he can do pain-free.
Tania Ganguli: Sounds like Lakers are not going to let Lonzo play until he’s virtually pain free. He’s been working to the point of pain and when he feels it, they have him do something else that doesn’t hurt. As I wrote yesterday, there’s a distinct possibility he’s out until post All Star.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Lonzo Ball has yet to do the full-speed non-contact drills necessary to then participate in a practice. But Luke Walton said Ball got more "aggressive" on Monday with his work.
Bill Oram: Luke Walton was asked whether Lonzo Ball feels ready to ramp up his activity. “You’ve got to ask him,” Walton said. Beat writers would love the opportunity. Lonzo hasn’t spoken to media since Jan. 15, two days after suffering the injury when he was still listed as questionable.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Lonzo Ball may do some work on the court tomorrow with the team seeing how he feels after. Ball will have to go through some full-speed non-contact work first before he can practice. The Lakers' next scheduled practice after Monday will be on Wednesday.
Tania Ganguli: Luke Walton says there’s no indication right now that Lonzo Ball will practice tomorrow. Says that could change if he suddenly feels great tomorrow, but right now it’s looking like no.
Tania Ganguli: Lonzo Ball has started testing his knee laterally with the trainers, but not in a practice setting. The work that he did do didn’t make him feel worse, so that’s good. He’s making progress.
Tania Ganguli: Lonzo Ball has started testing his knee laterally with the trainers, but not in a practice setting. The work that he did do didn’t make him feel worse, so that’s good. He’s making progress.
Tania Ganguli: Lonzo Ball will be out for tomorrow’s game in Orlando. He’s not practicing today.
Ball was hurt in a game against the Dallas Mavericks on Jan. 13 and has missed six straight games. He has yet to go through a full practice but has recently been shooting, doing some treadmill work and lifting. The sprain limits his lateral movement. Ball has said that he won't play until he can run. Head coach Luke Walton said Ball will have to go through a full practice before returning to play. The Lakers are currently on a five-game trip that ends in Oklahoma City next Sunday.
Tania Ganguli: A little more detail on Lonzo’s injury. It’s a minor MCL sprain, and those typically take 1-3 weeks. So he hasn’t had any new issues or setbacks. Isn’t testing it with lateral movement yet.
Lonzo Ball did some running on a treadmill on Saturday, a week after he injured his knee in Dallas. Luke Walton says the rookie has to clear several more steps before returning to practice. Ball is out for Sunday's game.
Bill Oram: Luke Walton says Lonzo Ball will likely remain out Friday vs. Pacers. “From what I see he doesn’t look like he’s ready to start playing,” Walton said.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Lonzo Ball's knee remains sore and he was unable to go through a light practice on Tuesday. It appears unlikely that Ball will play on Wednesday against OKC. Luke Walton expects Brandon Ingram to play as long as there are no setbacks with his sprained ankle after he went through 5-on-0 practice today.
"I know my body the best," Ball said. "So as long as I can run, that is pretty much all I need. So as soon as I can run and the swelling goes down a little bit, then I should be ready to go."
Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball has a minor left-knee sprain after the rookie underwent an MRI, the team said Sunday. Ball is questionable for Monday's game against the Grizzlies. Ball woke up feeling soreness in the knee on Sunday, and the team sent the No. 2 overall pick to undergo an MRI in Memphis.
Ohm Youngmisuk: An MRI revealed that Lonzo Ball has a minor left knee sprain according to the team. Ball is listed as questionable to play against Memphis on Monday.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Lonzo Ball is heading for an MRI after feeling soreness in his left knee this morning. The team wants to get it checked out for precautionary reasons.
Mike Bresnahan: Luke Walton on Lonzo Ball: “He went through shoot-around, says he feels good. If he stays on schedule, he should play tonight.”
Lonzo Ball will have to wait to play Russell Westbrook after the Los Angeles Lakers point guard was ruled out for Wednesday night's game against Oklahoma City. Ball and Brook Lopez, who is available to play, were both cleared to practice by the team Tuesday. Ball, though, will miss his sixth straight game with a bruised left shoulder after he felt soreness Wednesday morning following a workout on Tuesday. The rookie point guard did participate in morning shootaround on Wednesday and will practice Thursday.
Even New Year’s Eve seems an optimistic timetable for Ball. That’s the day Ball is set to be reevaluated and Coach Luke Walton typically wants players returning from injury to get in at least one full practice. That could push Ball’s return into the next week. “There’s no target (date) at least from my standpoint,” Walton said. “The only thing that matters with him is getting him healthy. There’s no reason to try to target a date and get him back. Obviously we want him back as soon as possible but big picture and what he means to us. We need him to be healthy so once he’s back he stays back.”
Bill Oram: Lonzo Ball on the shoulder injury that will sideline him for at least a week: “Really didn’t hurt until the next day.” Says it’s disappointing not to play on Christmas, but there’s always next time year.
Mike Trudell: An MRI on Lonzo Ball’s left shoulder revealed a “shoulder sprain,” per the Lakers. Ball will miss tomorrow’s game against Minnesota and be reevaluated in one week. He suffered the injury in the 2nd Q of Saturday’s game vs. Portland.
Bill Oram: Lonzo Ball’s one week timeline means he will be out for at least next three games. Lakers play on New Year’s Eve at Houston, but that seems doubtful given Ball won’t have gotten a full practice in yet.
Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball practiced in full Monday and declared himself ready to play in the team's season opener Thursday against the LA Clippers. When asked what made the regular-season opener special after his experiences in the summer league and preseason, Ball downplayed it a bit, saying, "It's the opener. That's all there is to it. Gotta get a win."
Mike Bresnahan: Lonzo's absence has been a "setback, for sure" for team chemistry, Walton said. But Walton hopeful Lonzo will practice every day next week.
Mike Bresnahan: Will Lonzo play in preseason finale Friday vs. Clippers? Said Luke Walton: "I'm hoping, yes. Am I planning on him playing? No."
Lonzo Ball did some on-court work before tonight's game against Utah to test his ankle. He remains out against Utah. Luke Walton said the Lakers would wait to see if Ball can return to practice and then see how the ankle responds before determining if he will play in the preseason finale on Friday.
Tania Ganguli: Luke Walton said Lonzo Ball will be out for Tuesday's game. Not a surprise since he did not practice today.
Lakers coach Luke Walton said Ball is still having difficulty moving side to side and did not rule out the possibility of the No. 2 overall pick sitting out the remainder of the preseason. Walton did make it clear, though, that Ball is considered day-to-day, adding that "I assume he will be back" by the season opener against the LA Clippers on Oct. 19.
"I hope not, but yeah, that's a possibility," Walton said when asked if Ball could miss the rest of the preseason. "It is different with every player. He is new to the team, so we've got to see how long these types of injuries take him to come back from. We'd like to have him back, but again, we are not going to rush him back just to try to get him out there."
"If he is not ready, he won't [play]," Walton said of the season opener. "Again, it is day to day so I assume he will be back by then. If he's not ready to play basketball and really cut and move and do everything that you need that ankle you need it to do for you, we are not going to play him." "It's just still sore," Walton added. "He said he can run straight and feels no pain, but it's going side to side that really gets him."
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