The Lakers would be without forward Brandon Ingram and guard Lonzo Ball for the rest of the season, they learned Saturday.
The team announced Saturday that Ingram is expected to sit out to remainder of the season because of a deep venous thrombosis in his arm. The diagnosis will call for Ingram to be on blood-thinning medication for several months, and he will be unable to play for that duration, reports stated. He already missed two games due to a sore right shoulder and underwent further testing Friday, which revealed the seriousness of his injury. Ingram, 21, has battled other injuries this season, including a sprained ankle in early December.
Ball will not play again this season after doctors re-evaluated his injured ankle, The Athletic reported. Ball hasn’t played since Jan. 19, and Walton said Friday that the point guard is “not close” to returning despite an initial diagnosis of his injury suggesting he would be back by now.
Ingram has averaged 18.3 points, 3.0 assists and 5.1 rebounds in 52 games this season. Ingram, selected with the second overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by Los Angeles, was shooting 49.7 percent from the field, including 33.0 percent from 3-point range.