Lakers head coach Luke Walton said his rookie point guard is undergoing the MRI to be safe. Ball was kneed in the back of his leg on a back screen and exited the game with 4:51 remaining in the third quarter. Ball applied some heat to his leg hoping to return but was ruled out of the game.
“I’m not [concerned],” said Ball, who finished with 8 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds in 24 minutes during a 103-93 win over Dallas. “Think it is just a bruise to the back of my leg. Should be OK. I have [experienced this before], it is like a dead leg but not in the spot that I have it right now.”
Ball — who was averaging 10.2 points, 7.3 assists and 7.0 rebounds coming into this game — missed 15 consecutive games earlier this season with a sprained MCL in his left knee. The rookie point guard says this injury does not feel as serious as that one.
“It wasn’t in the spot that I previously hurt that caused me to miss a lot of games, so I wasn’t too worried about it,” Ball said. “It’s just kind of like a bruise. It just hurts, but I should be back soon.”