Lakers' Ball (ankle) to miss 4-6 weeks


Waiting around that corner, however, was another brutal twist of fate, a heroic performance by the red-hot reigning MVP and, ultimately, a 138-134 loss to the Houston Rockets. Ball fell to the floor in heavy pain and was later carried to the locker room by teammates Michael Beasley and Lance Stephenson. Once he got there, he received a bit good news, as the X-Rays came back negative.

Losing Ball would obviously be awful news for a Lakers team trying to tread water as it awaits the return of LeBron James, who has been out since Christmas with a groin injury.

In 22 minutes against the Houston Rockets, Ball put up 8 points on an efficient 4-7 shooting from the field and dished out a game-high 11 assists.

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The Lakers, who host the Golden State Warriors on Monday, also remain without forward LeBron James (groin) and point guard Rajon Rondo (finger). After dropping a game to the Lakers at home last month, it's safe to assume they'll be extra engaged.

The Lakers announced that Ball was going to be taken to a hospital for X-rays because the machine at the Toyota Center was not working.