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Lonzo Ball (sprained shoulder) won't play against Oklahoma City Thunder

From NBA Twitter reports

Jan 3, 2018 2:10 PM ET

Lonzo Ball (left) has missed the Lakers' last five games.

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Los Angeles Lakers rookie guard Lonzo Ball will miss tonight's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the team announced Wednesday afternoon. However, fellow rookie guard Kyle Kuzma (quadriceps) and veteran center Brook Lopez (ankle) are available to play.

Mike Bresnahan of Spectrum SportsNet reports the Lakers are hoping Ball will be able to suit up Friday against the Charlotte Hornets (10:30 ET, NBA League Pass).

Ball has been out with a sprained left shoulder since Dec. 23, missing five consecutive games. The No. 2 overall draft pick is averaging 10.0 points, 7.1 assists and 6.9 rebounds per game.

Lopez has missed eight games since spraining his right ankle Dec. 18. The veteran big man is averaging 12.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in his first season with Los Angeles.

The Lakers (11-25) have lost seven straight games to fall back into last place in the Western Conference standings.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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