With Lonzo set to return, Lakers look for growth in second half

Dennis Smith Jr

Lonzo Ball will return to the court Friday against Dallas, suiting up for the first time in almost six weeks after suffering a sprained tendon in his left knee January 13.

Playing for the first time since January 13, Ball looked fresh and had nine points, seven rebounds and six assists to go with two turnovers in 17 minutes as the Lakers snapped a three-game slide with a 124-102 rout of the Dallas Mavericks.

Ball doesn't think so and there are plenty of other athletes who see the flaw in the system, including Kevin Durant who weighed in on if it's even possible to stop players from being paid by agents. He gets the Lakers easier looks, and his chemistry with Kuzma could get the rookie scoring forward playing consistently again. "[Ball] is a special young talent". They play Dallas at home before traveling to Sacramento the next night.

"We're still deciding that", Walton said. "Go back and watch old footage, brainstorm a couple of different ideas".

To that end, head coach Dave Joerger wouldn't mind seeing 24 more games with the intensity Sacramento showed in its first game after the break. He's averaging 11.3 points and a team-best 4.3 assists. Walton opted to keep Brandon Ingram as the starting point guard with Ingram (15 points and nine rebounds) playing very well there since Walton started him at point eight games ago while Ball was out. Meanwhile, the Lakers defense has regressed since the trade. "We somehow lost it quickly". As a rookie, Kuzma is earning $1.4 million with the Lakers. That is what makes him one of five players to average 10 or more points and seven or more rebounds and assists.

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