Following a tantalizing pass for an alley-oop to Brandon Ingram on the Lakers’ first possession of the game, Ball struggled throughout the contest finishing with five points on 2-of-15 shooting from the field including 1-of-11 from beyond the arc with five assists, four rebounds, two steals, one block and three turnovers in the 96-93 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) July 8, 2017
The 19-year-old struggled to find any offensive rhythm with his shot often times settling beyond the arc that led to him missing his first six attempts from distance while his only makes in the game came on a 3-pointer and a putback layup. Despite that, Ball still had a chance to put the Lakers ahead in the final minute of the fourth quarter but missed a layup then clanked a pair of 3-pointers that would have tied the game.
He also had his fair share of struggles on the other end of the floor having a few defensive lapses on individual assignments by allowing his man to get by him to the rim and got caught on a couple off-ball screens. Even with that all in mind, Ball took the optimistic route following his first game with the Lakers since being selected last month with the second overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
Lonzo on his SL debut: "Only way I can go now is up, that will probably be the worst game I have all week, hopefully I keep getting better."
— Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) July 8, 2017
Aside from a few impressive passes, it was a forgettable opening performance that Ball will have an opportunity to bounce back from on Saturday night at 5:30 p.m. when the Lakers take on the Boston Celtics.