Lakers’ Lonzo Ball back tonight after knee injury

first_imgEL SEGUNDO – Lonzo Ball will return to the court Friday against Dallas, suiting up for the first time in nearly six weeks after suffering a sprained tendon in his left knee Jan. 13.The rookie point guard was a full participant in Lakers practices Wednesday and Thursday as he geared up for his long-awaited return. Following the Lakers’ morning shootaround Friday, Coach Luke Walton said Ball would play with a minutes restriction, and that he will not play Saturday in Sacramento on the second night of a back-to-back.Still, Ball’s return is welcome news for the Lakers in their first game following the All-Star break. Prior to the break, Ball had missed 15 consecutive games, with the Lakers going 8-7.“I’ve been out for a while,” Ball said. “Just to be able to play tonight, especially back home, it’s gonna be great. I don’t know. I’m just going out there and going to play hard.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers (23-34) lost to the Mavs (18-40) on Feb. 10 in Dallas.It remained unclear whether Ball, who has started each of his 36 games this season, will do so again or come off the bench against the Mavericks.“We’re still deciding that,” Walton said. “He’s been out a long time, so we’ve got to decide where he’ll be able to have his best chance of succeeding when he’s playing.”Friday will mark the first time Ball will suit up with former All-Star Isaiah Thomas, who will be making his Staples Center debut. A day earlier, Ball said he thought playing with Thomas would be “easy” and “fun.”“There’s advantages to having them on the court (together),” Walton said.  “Then obviously staggering, it’s nice to have a smart playmaking point guard on the floor at all times.”last_img read more

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