Lakers’ Lonzo Ball suffers calf tightness, exits summer game

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LAS VEGAS — Lonzo Ball left Sunday’s win over a Dallas Mavericks with narrowing in his right calf, though a Los Angeles Lakers’ rookie hopes to play in a Las Vegas summer joining championship game.

The Lakers’ No. 2 altogether collect pronounced he will accept diagnosis heading adult to Monday night’s championship diversion opposite Portland.

“This is a initial time my calf got tight,” Ball said, adding that he still felt stiffness. “Just being cautious. we wanted to get behind out there, though a training staff is going to take caring of me, and we will be with them tonight and tomorrow and wish we can get behind out there tomorrow.”

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  • Ball suffered a damage in a third entertain and over with 6 minutes, 26 seconds remaining in a third entertain of a Lakers’ 108-98 semifinal win. The Lakers’ medical staff hold Ball out for precautionary reasons, though a group sounded confident about a probability that he plays in a championship game.

    The Lakers will play their fifth diversion in 6 nights on Monday, so they could always play it protected with Ball. They’ve seen all that they indispensable to see from a cherished rookie.

    “We are in a joining right now that is kind of dominated by scoring indicate guards,” Lakers ubiquitous manager Rob Pelinka pronounced before Ball suffered a calf injury. “And there’s some good ones, don’t get me wrong. But to kind of have this immature child come along, 19 years old, he is unequivocally changing a approach indicate guards play with pass-first, removing your teammates going first. It is extraordinary to watch. We feel like a approach he’s personification can unequivocally renovate a whole team.”

    With Magic Johnson, Pelinka and manager Luke Walton watching, Ball was carrying his best sharpened night of a summer league, removal 5 of 7 shots, including dual of 3 3-pointers, for 16 points. He dished out 10 assists, all by halftime, to go with 4 rebounds in an expected showdown with Dallas rookie Dennis Smith Jr. Smith finished with 21 points and 6 assists for a Mavericks.

    Ball has combined a stir here with his choice of boots for any game, from Big Baller Brand to Nike to Adidas to Under Armour. On Sunday, he wore a span of Air Jordan XXXI’s.

    But he has tender several executives and coaches around a joining as one of a best performers during summer league, racking adult dual triple-doubles while entrance tighten to a integrate more, including a 36-point, 11-assist, eight-rebound opening opposite a Philadelphia 76ers.

    After Ball suffered a injury, he stretched out his calf on a baseline before quickly going behind to a locker room. Before a start of a fourth, Ball went to a locker room again before returning to a dais to watch a Lakers.

    Prior to a injury, Ball’s fringe shot had finally arrived, as he knocked down his initial dual 3-point attempts. He also continued to disturb a pro-Lakers throng and even Johnson with his flitting and vision.

    On one play in a initial half, Ball chased down a lax round toward half court, and only before a Dallas defender could get there, Ball punched a round brazen downcourt to teammate Alex Caruso for a dunk.

    On another play, Ball took an opening pass and in one motion, dismissed a nearby three-quarter-court pass only over a outstretched arms of a Dallas defender to teammate Kyle Kuzma, who gathering in for a dunk. Johnson stood adult and applauded.

    “He was amazing,” Lakers summer joining manager Jud Buechler said. “He was only dynamite there for about a 12-minute widen there in a initial and second entertain a small bit. … You can see what he is all about, and he’s a winner, that’s what he is.”

    The Lakers shot a peppery 17-of-22 from 3-point operation and led by as many as 26. Ball had his shot going, during one indicate posting adult a defender before attack a turnaround fadeaway jumper.

    “I felt good tonight,” Ball said. “It was a initial time we was creation shots. we felt good. Kuz was throwing everything, attack his. First half, we consider we shot like 70 percent or something crazy like that. So everybody was attack tonight.”


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