|1||Snoop Dogg delivers brilliant one-liner to roast LaVar Ball|
|2||LaVar Ball is at it again|
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|4||LaVar Ball fires back at Patrick Beverley: ‘He didn’t do nothing’|
|5||Patrick Beverley blasted Lonzo Ball after season opener|
Lonzo Ball scored three points Thursday on 1-of-6 shooting as the Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Los Angeles Clippers 108-92. Ball pulled down nine rebounds and had four assists, accumulating a plus-minus of -14 in his 29:21 of playing time. He added one block and one steal. Ball went 1 of 3 from behind the arc.
Patrick Beverley dogged Ball all night, the first since that LaVar Ball is hardly doing his son any favors with his mouth. ''I just had to set the tone,'' Beverley said. ''I told him after the game, due to all the riff-raff his dad brings, he's going to get a lot of people coming at him. He has to be ready for that, and I let him know after the game. But what a better way to start him off. I was 94 feet guarding him tonight. Welcome his little young ass to the NBA.''
Ball totaled three points (1-6 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 0-2 FT), nine rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block across 29 minutes in Thursday's 108-92 loss to the Clippers.
Ball's long-awaited regular-season debut wasn't exactly a rousing success, although he certainly provided above-average rebounding numbers from the point guard position and also impressed with his passing. He was a non-factor offensively, however, and missed a rather easy lay-up opportunity on a fast break in the first half for what would have been his only two-point basket of the evening. Patrick Beverley's lockdown defense certainly had a part to play in Ball's struggles, but the heralded rookie should have a much easier path to success against the Suns on Friday.
Ball (ankle) practiced fully Tuesday and is expected to be at full strength for Thursday's season opener.
Ball had missed time in the preseason with the ankle problem but has not been limited in practice recently.
Ball went through a full practice Tuesday, Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports.
Ball had been dealing with a minor ankle issue, but he clarified after Monday's practice that he would "for sure" play in Thursday's season opener against the Clippers. With two days of full practice now behind him, expect Ball to play without restriction Thursday.
Ball (ankle) says he will play during Thursday's season opener against the Clippers, Jack Maloney of CBS Sports reports. When asked if there was a chance he would miss the game, the rookie responded, "No, I'm playing. For sure."
There was some worry Ball's ankle injury wouldn't allow him to participate during Thursday's season-opener. It will be a highly-anticipated debut, but certainly won't be easy going up against a quality Clippers squad after playing in just one preseason game. As a (presumably) high-usage starting point guard, Ball should be owned in nearly all fantasy formats.