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Lakers shut down Lonzo Ball for season

10 March 2019

Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram is expected to miss the remainder of the season with Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT) in his arm, the team announced on Saturday.

There was some mystery behind the reason for Ingram missing the last two games for the Lakers. In 52 games this season, the former second overall draft pick put together averages of 18.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists while shooting 33.0 percent from beyond the arc.

According to Second Spectrum data, Ingram averaged 1.15 points per direct isolation play since January 28, when the Anthony Davis trade demand put his future with the Lakers into question. Coach Luke Walton would not provide any additional details about Ingram when asked by reporters Saturday, but confirmed that he's done for the season.

The fact team doctors have discovered the issue for Ingram early could be a positive sign, but Walton's silence just may be precautionary to not speculate. "All I'm going to say on him right now is that he's out for the rest of the season". The Lakers have gone 5-13 since Ball went down, having the worst defense in the National Basketball Association in that time.

Blood clots have affected several prominent athletes including Chris Bosh and Serena Williams in recent years.

Unfortunately, at the five-week point of Ball's recovery, it was determined he suffered a bone bruise in the injured ankle.

Los Angeles might be without Lonzo Ball for the rest of the season due to a sprained ankle.

Lakers shut down Lonzo Ball for season