Lakers' Ball shut down for rest of season

Heather Diaz
March 10, 2019

Ingram has missed the Lakers' past two games after he reported shoulder pain following a morning shootaround last Monday. In 52 games this season, the former second overall draft pick put together averages of 18.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists while shooting 33.0 percent from beyond the arc.

The Lakers decided on Saturday to shut down the second-year point guard, according to the Athletic. Lakers coach Luke Walton said earlier this week that Ingram had pain whenever he attempted to lift his arm. "So like I said, he's not close to that", Walton reiterated.

Walton would not go into further detail about Ingram's condition.

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Los Angeles' season was doomed right about then. Bosh eventually retired due to blood clotting issues, but many other athletes have continued to compete.

With the Lakers on the cusp of re-evaluating Ball later today, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports that there is a "strong suspicion" that the Lakers are likely to rule him out for the final 17 games. As Ball's expected return timetable was 4-6 weeks, he was making progress by running on an underwater treadmill in hopes of moving onto an Alter-G anti-gravity treadmill. He suffered the Grade 3 sprain at Houston on January 19, then he had a bone bruise that slowed his recovery.

The Lakers (30-35) are in 10th place in the Western Conference heading into their rivalry meeting with Boston on Saturday night.

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