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The Los Angeles Lakers now have two point guards sidelined.
The team revealed Sunday night that Lonzo Ball will miss 4-6 weeks because of a Grade 3 left ankle sprain. Veteran point guard Rajon Rondo was just cleared to return to practice Friday after undergoing surgery on his right hand Dec. 28. Rondo tore a ligament in his right ring finger during the Lakers’ Christmas Day victory at Golden State.
OFFICIAL: Lonzo Ball, who was injured in last night’s game at Houston, underwent an MRI which revealed a Grade 3 left ankle sprain.
Ball is expected to miss 4-6 weeks and updates will be provided as appropriate.https://t.co/fkAz9CXG5v
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 20, 2019
Ball was injured during the Lakers’ 138-134 overtime loss at Houston on Saturday night.
He suffered the injury when he collided with Houston’s James Ennis III with 8:39 to play in the third quarter and turned the ankle. He went to the floor in pain and was helped to the Lakers’ locker room by Michael Beasley and Lance Stephenson during Los Angeles’ ensuing timeout.
After the X-ray machine at Toyota Center malfunctioned, Ball left the arena in a wheelchair and was taken to a local hospital, where X-rays were negative. However, an MRI on Sunday showed the extent of the injury.
Before Ball was hurt, he had eight points and 11 assists, seven on which came in the first quarter, tying a career-high, as Los Angeles raced to a 39-26 lead at the end of the opening quarter.
Ball sprained the same ankle during a game against the Denver Nuggets in late November.
The Lakers (25-22) will host two-time defending NBA champion Golden State (32-14) on Monday night at Staples Center with LeBron James (left groin strain), Rondo and Ball all not available. The Warriors have won seven consecutive games and just had four-time All-Star DeMarcus Cousins make his debut with them Friday night.