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Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, who left Sunday's summer league semifinal win over the Mavericks with tightness in his right calf, hopes to play in Monday's championship in Las Vegas.
The No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft says he'll receive treatment leading up to the title game against the Trail Blazers, the Lakers' fifth game in six nights.
"This is the first time my calf got tight," Ball said after Sunday's game (via ESPN.com). "Just being cautious. I wanted to get back out there, but the training staff is going to take care of me and I will be with them tonight and tomorrow and hope I can get back out there tomorrow."
As a precaution, the Lakers' medical staff sat Ball after he felt the problem with 6:26 to play in the third quarter, but the team reportedly was optimistic he'll be able to play Monday. However, it won't take unnecessary chances.
“It’s a tricky balance because I know he wants to play," Lakers summer league coach Jud Buechler said (via the L.A. Times). "But he is a major asset for us and we will let the medical staff and management decide if he can play and if he plays, how many minutes, we don’t know. But I know he wants to be out there.”
If Sunday's game was his last of the Las Vegas summer league, it was a good one. With Magic Johnson, GM Rob Pelinka and coach Luke Walton looking on, Ball was 5 for 7 from the floor (2 of 3 from 3-point range) for 16 points and had 10 assists by halftime in his much-anticipated matchup with Mavs rookie Dennis Smith Jr., who finished with 21 points and six assists.