The Los Angeles Lakers finally won a game without Lonzo Ball, and they’ll have to try to make it two in a row when they face the New York Knicks in a matinee Sunday outing. Ball has officially been ruled out as he continues to deal with soreness in his left knee.
It’s not great that Ball will have missed four games in a row to an injury that’s of the mysterious “knee soreness” variety. Hopefully it’s the Lakers taking an incredibly safe route, and it turns out to be nothing more than a minor setback.
The Lakers have been slow-playing injuries this season, if we’re keeping track. Brandon Ingram, who’s been ramping up and was a game-time decision against the Indiana Pacers, is listed as questionable. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is also questionable for the Sunday showdown.
Head coach Luke Walton went with a starting lineup of Tyler Ennis, Josh Hart, Corey Brewer, Kyle Kuzma and Julius Randle against Indiana. Whether he’ll have to go to that extent, pending Ingram or KCP returning, and whether he takes a different approach against the Knicks is something to keep an eye on.
All-Star weekend is just under a month away, and obviously the Lakers need all the time they can get to recuperate. Let’s see if Jordan Clarkson can go supernova again Sunday.