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Los Angeles Lakers' Lonzo Ball has bone bruise in left ankle, could miss more time

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Lonzo Ball's return to the court for the Lakers could be delayed, with the point guard dealing with a bone bruise in his sprained left ankle, according to the Los Angeles Times' Tania Ganguli.

Ball suffered a sprained his ankle on January 19 in a loss to the Houston Rockets and was expected to miss up six weeks, with that timeline nearly up.

"We are still missing a key piece of our unit in Zo, which we've missed a lot," Lakers forward LeBron James said Friday. "But we are definitely together and we look forward to seeing what we are capable of."

The Lakers are 4-8 since Ball went down with the injury, with his absence on the defensive end being felt most, with the Lakers giving up 123 points per game over that stretch.

"We've had a handful of games where we've all been healthy, once Zo gets back we'll have our arsenal again," Josh Hart said after Friday's game. "Once we make this playoff push that gets us into playoffs, I think we're going to a tough team to beat."

The Lakers are currently sitting at 29-30, 10th in the Western Conference, with just 23 games remaining.

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This season, Ball is averaging 9.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists through 47 games.

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