Lakers shut down Ball, Ingram for rest of season

Lakers shut down Ball, Ingram for rest of season

The Lakers have been having a rough go of late, with the team in serious danger of missing the playoffs.

If they can't build a title contender around him, could the Lakers try to build a title contender without him? Injuries have continued piling up, ruining any real chance the team had to play in the postseason. Amusing thing is, both Ball and Ingram could be traded in the offseason for all they know, so in an ironic twist of fate: both these Lakers' pieces may have played their last games with the purple and gold, think about it.

Ball injured his ankle at Houston, and the initial timetable for his recovery given by the team was four to six weeks. Ball reportedly has a Grade 3 left ankle sprain with a torn ligament. He seemed to turn a corner with his confidence, and this serious medical issue comes at the worst time for him. As a rookie, things are hectic doing appearances. Last summer, Ball stayed off an injured knee to let it heal, only to have to undergo surgery later to fix a torn meniscus and not be able to use the offseason to work on his game.

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Most of the company's employees won't be as fortunate, because severance payments are rarely paid in USA bankruptcy cases. USA Today reports that the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in early February.

Fortunately, once detected, DVT is very treatable with blood thinning medication, and Ingram will undoubtedly receive great care in getting himself healthy. He scored 19 points in his debut, which made history as the highest-scoring first career game for a Lakers player since Nick Van Exel had 23 points in 1993.

It looked at one point like the Warriors again would have to overcome a LeBron-led squad in pursuit of a title, but Golden State only will play Los Angeles once more on April 4.

With Ball and Ingram now out and James on a minutes restriction, there is a lot of playing time available.

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