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Lakers news: Lonzo Ball declared out, Brook Lopez to make debut against Kings

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When the Los Angeles Lakers take the floor on Sunday night against the Sacramento Kings at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, it will be without the services of both rookie point guard Lonzo Ball and veteran big man Andrew Bogut

It will mark the second straight game that Ball has missed in the preseason after suffering the injury during Monday’s game at Staples Center against the Denver Nuggets. He has been able to participate in limited action in practice during the week, but Los Angeles is taking the precautionary route with the situation to avoid any possible setback. 

In two games of action, the 19-year-old is averaging 6.5 points on 33.3 percent shooting from the field and 25 percent from beyond the arc along with 6.0 assists, and 4.5 rebounds per game. There is some discussion that he could be held out until the start of the regular season. 

Bogut has yet to partake in any of the first three games in the preseason due to the injury and there isn’t any indication of when he will return to action. Meanwhile, Brook Lopez is set to make his debut with the Lakers on Sunday night and Brandon Ingram is returning from a one-game absence due to a head contusion that he suffered in practice, according to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN

Lopez was acquired by the team just prior to the 2017 NBA Draft in the deal that sent guard D’Angelo Russell to the Brooklyn Nets. He had been held out of the preseason due to issues with his back.  

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Bob Garcia IV

Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarcia90.
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