Lonzo Ball’s injury isn’t as serious as many originally thought.
The Lakers guard had X-rays on his ankle after leaving Saturday’s 138-134 loss to the Rockets early in the third quarter, and according to the Los Angeles Times, the X-rays came back negative for any fractures. The initial belief was Ball suffered a sprained ankle, though he will have an MRI to determine if there’s any further damage.
A bit of good news for the Lakers while they try to hang onto this one. Lonzo Ball’s X-Rays were negative for fractures, per source.
— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) January 20, 2019
Ball suffered the injury after colliding with Rockets forward James Ennis. He fell to the floor and immediately grabbed his ankle before he was helped to the locker room by Michael Beasley and Lance Stephenson.
The 21-year-old guard went to a local hospital to have additional testing done because the Rockets’ in-arena X-ray machine was broken.
Despite Ball’s injury, coach Luke Walton told reporters the team won’t rush LeBron James (groin) or Rajon Rondo (finger) back from injuries. James and Rondo have missed time since the team’s Christmas Day win over the Warriors, though they both are expected to return to practice Sunday.