The Los Angeles Lakers suffered their second straight loss on Tuesday night falling 117-85 to the Denver Nuggets, which came at a bit of a cost as second-year point guard Lonzo Ball suffered an ankle injury in the contest that forced him to see night end sooner than expected.
It has placed some question marks on if he will be able to take the floor on Thursday night against the Indiana Pacers in the first game of a back-to-back set as Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN reports.
Lonzo Ball got treatment on his ankle today and is considered questionable for Thursday's game against the Pacers. Luke Walton described Ball's ankle as "tender to the touch." The Lakers will see how the point guard is feeling tomorrow morning. https://t.co/NOuSqZg1Mb
— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) November 28, 2018
He had finished with seven points on 3-of-6 shooting with five rebounds, and two assists in just 18 minutes of action. The injury had occurred after he attempted to collect a loose ball as he stepped on Paul Millsap‘s foot.
Ball has been one of the Lakers’ primary ball-handlers in the backcourt this season where he is averaging 8.2 points on 40.8 percent shooting from the floor and 35.0 percent from distance along with 5.6 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 1.0 steals per contest where he started in 18 of the first 20 games. He has notched double-figure scoring eight times along with double-digit rebound twice and assists once.
The Lakers will likely continue to monitor the situation closely as of how his ankle responds at Thursday’s shootaround should be a strong indication of what his status will be for the contest. His potential absence could leave a huge hole in the backcourt as the team is already without the services of veteran guard Rajon Rondo is still recovering from a broken hand that he only received cleared to go through non-contact drills a couple of days ago.
If Ball were to miss Thursday’s game, it would see LeBron James likely pick up the primary ball-handling duties while Brandon Ingram and Lance Stephenson could both pick up some of that responsibility in some regard. Ultimately, there will be more clarity on Thursday.
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