The Los Angeles Lakers will reportedly shutdown second-year point guard Lonzo Ball for the remainder of the regular season, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
The 21-year-old hasn’t played for the Lakers since Jan. 21 after sustaining a left ankle injury.
Prior to his prolonged absence, the Lakers point guard was averaging 9.9 points, 5.4 assists and 5.3 rebounds, serving as one of the team’s top perimeter defenders along the way. Since he’s been out, Los Angeles has a 5-13 record, falling out of a highly competitive Western Conference playoff race in the process.
The team also elected to take the same course of action with Brandon Ingram, who’s dealing with deep venous thrombosis in his right arm.
With 17 games remaining, the Lakers sit 6.5 games out of the eighth spot in the West with a 30-35 record.