By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Los Angeles Lakers have shut down Lonzo Ball, according to multiple media reports. He will miss the rest of the season.
Ball is the second Lakers player to be announced on Saturday to be lost for the season due to an ankle injury. Brandon Ingram was the second Lakers player announced to be out on Saturday afternoon.
Ingram is sidelined with a sore shoulder. He is suffering from Deep Venous Thrombosis in his arm.
In 18 games without Ball, the Lakers have gone 5-13. Los Angeles is basically eliminated from playoff contention.
Los Angeles has also already placed a minutes restriction on star LeBron James, as the team will not make the playoffs. This is the first-time since the 2004-05 season that James has missed the playoffs.
Ball has not played for the Lakers since Jan. 21 against the Golden State Warriors. He last played on Jan. 17 against the Oklahoma City Thunder when he scored eight points.
He scored a season-high 23 points against the Brooklyn Nets on Dec. 18.
This season, Ball has appeared in 47 games, including 45 starts. He also has 9.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.5 steals, and 0.4 blocks in 30.3 minutes per game.
Now, with Ball and Ingram out for the season, they can heal and get ready for the 2019-2020 season. It is not clear if they both will be a member of the team next season, as the front office will make those decisions in the off-season.