DENVER – Los Angeles Lakers Point Guard Lonzo Ball destroyed his left arm in a 117-85 loss for Denver Nuggets but said he will be ready to play against Indiana on Thursday.
X-ray on the ankle of the ball was negative, and he is considered to be day-to-day.
Boll injured the ankle late in the second quarter and started the second half before it was removed at 9:36 in the third quarter. Coach Luke Walton held him out for the rest of the game.
"I mean, I wanted to play," said Ball. "Coach staff thought it was better for me to rest, so that was what I did … Gave it a trip, and I guess I did not touch me well enough so they just pulled me."
Asked about his status for Laker's next match, Ball said, "I'm playing Thursday, yes."
Kula sprained his ankle as he backpedaling and landed on a Nuggets player who was on the floor. Boll, who said that he tweaked the same place on his left arm as he had hurt earlier in the season, immediately shook his fist on the floor in frustration.
The ball left the game and went to the changing room by 1:44 left in the second quarter. He started the third, but after missing a 3 pointer, grabbed a rebound and assisted Brandon Ingram on a dunk, Walton said he thought it was better to keep Ball out.
"He sprained his left ankle quite well," said Walton. "But he would give it one step. But how he moved out there did not feel right to leave him in court so we got him out quickly."
The Lakers are already without veteran poet Rajon Rondo, who returns from the operation to repair a broken third metacarpal on his right hand. Rondo was recently cleaned to participate in non-contact drills.
"Just as we play, at the pace we play, it's only hard to lose one of our goalkeepers than not having both of them" LeBron James said. "Then his ankle turned on just a weird game. I think it was [Denver’s Monte] Morris who was on the ground. [Ball] did not see him walking on his foot, his ankle rolled quite well. Thus, a good ball played until that moment, it just hurt our team. "
Ball left with seven points, five rebounds and two helps 18 minutes. In the three games before the loss in Denver, Boll average 11 points, nine rebounds and 3.3 helps while shooting 50 percent from the field.
Lakers have a free day before playing three home matches in four days, with back-to-back against Indiana and Dallas followed by Sunday's match against Phoenix.
"It hurts," said Walton to play the majority of the other half against Denver without his two top scouts. "We have other guys we trust, Brandon, LeBron, who can play it for us. But they also do other things for us. So that's not ideal, but we get a better feel for what we're looking at probably after this flight and tomorrow with Zo. "