Report: Lakers' Ball has bone bruise, could miss more time
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Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball has a bone bruise in his sprained left ankle and could miss more time than initially anticipated, sources told the Los Angeles Times' Tania Ganguli.

Ball sprained his ankle in a Jan. 19 loss to the Houston Rockets and hasn't played since. The 21-year-old was originally expected to miss up to six weeks, a time frame that has nearly expired. An X-ray taken following the injury showed no fracture, but an MRI indicated a fully torn ankle ligament and a grade-3 sprain.

The Lakers are 4-8 since Ball went down. They're 2.5 points per 100 possessions better offensively with Ball off the floor, but 3.5 points better defensively with him on.

Los Angeles sits 29-29, three games out of eighth place in the Western Conference with 23 games remaining.

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Report: Lakers' Ball has bone bruise, could miss more time
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