Lonzo Ball (ankle) remains out, will be re-evaluated in 1 week

Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram

The team says Ball will meet with team physicians in a week and his status will be updated again at that point. Though, a more likely scenario might see Ball return for the start of or during a five-game road trip that begins March 12.

Ball has not played since spraining his ankle January 19 and was originally expected to miss four to six weeks. An MRI the following day determined the severity of the sprain, and though Grade 3 involves a torn ligament, surgery was not deemed necessary.

However, Ball's recovery had been slowed by a bone bruise recently. The Lakers projected Ball would miss four to six weeks, and he will pass six weeks this weekend.

That will come as a bitter blow to LeBron James, who earlier this week admitted the Lakers are missing their starting point guard badly.

"Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball has been dealing with a bone bruise in his sprained left ankle that the team believes could extend his recovery past six weeks, according to two people familiar with Ball's condition", Tonia Ganguli of The Los Angeles Times wrote. Ball is averaging 9.9 points, 5.4 assists, and 5.3 rebounds per game for the season before the injury. "So we miss that a lot". Although the former All-Star Rajon Rondo has already made his successful return to the Lakers lineup, the team is actually +7 on the season when Rondo isn't on the floor. "A guy that's very, very good defensively", James added.

The Lakers sit three games out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.



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