Lonzo Ball will miss Lakers' Christmas Day game with shoulder injury

Lonzo Ball will be reevaluated in a week. (Getty)

Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball will miss Monday’s Christmas Day game against the Minnesota Timberwolves with a shoulder injury.

The Lakers announced Sunday night that Ball, who was injured in the first half of Saturday’s loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, had an MRI on Sunday. The MRI revealed a shoulder sprain.


The Lakers said Ball will be evaluated in a week. The rookie point guard will therefore miss games against the Memphis Grizzlies (Dec. 27) and Los Angeles Clippers (Dec. 29). He’ll likely miss the Lakers’ New Year’s Eve matchup with the Houston Rockets as well.

The Lakers meet the Timberwolves again on New Year’s Day, and then host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Jan. 3.

Ball was injured in the second quarter at Staples Center on Saturday:



He left the game, and the Lakers blew a second-half lead without him to lose 95-92.

The Lakers host the Timberwolves at 10:30 p.m. ET (TNT), the fifth of five NBA games on Christmas Day.