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Walton: Ball 'emotionally devastated' about injury

Sportsnaut logo Sportsnaut 1/21/2019 Jesse Reed, Sportsnaut
HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 19:  Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers lays on the court after an injury in the second half against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center on January 19, 2019 in Houston, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) © Tim Warner/Getty Images HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 19: Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers lays on the court after an injury in the second half against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center on January 19, 2019 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Lakers star guard Lonzo Ball suffered a Grade-3 ankle sprain and has been ruled out for between four and six weeks. The injury has him feeling pretty glum, head coach Luke Walton told reporters on Monday.

“It’s unfortunate,” Walton said, per Mike Trudell of the team’s official website. “He was starting to play really good basketball. He’s emotionally devastated right now. He was in a really good groove … We’ll get through it and he’ll come back.”

The injury came at a really bad time for the Lakers, as both Rajon Rondo and LeBron James are both still out and the team is just one-half game behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference.

Ball has averaged 9.9 points, 5.4 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game this season for the Lakers. Looking back at his last 10 games, however, it is clear he really was stepping his game up, averaging 11.1 points. 6.1 assists and 7.0 rebounds per game.

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