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Lonzo practices, but out until after ASG

From ESPN - February 13, 2018

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Lonzo Ball went through his first contact practice since spraining his left MCL but has been ruled out through the All-Star break as the Los Angeles Lakers hope to give their rookie point guard another week and a half to recover.

Ball has missed 13 straight games since suffering the injury on Jan. 13, and the point guard will not play in the Lakers' upcoming back-to-back set at New Orleans and Minnesota. While there has yet to be an official determination on Ball's status for the Rising Stars game on Friday, coach Luke Walton assumed his starting point guard will sit that game out, too.

"We are not going to play him tomorrow," Walton said before the Lakers flew to New Orleans. "With a back-to-back and a week off after that, the progress is great but it just does not make sense to risk it right now."

"There was some contact [in practice today] which is the first time he has really done that," Walton added. "It was not up-and-down, full-court scrimmaging [type of contact], but it was halfcourt defensive drills with guys getting after it. He looked good, but there is still a little discomfort."

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