Los Angeles Lakers Player News: Last 24 hours, All Positions

News: Ball (ankle) has been diagnosed with a Grade 3 left ankle sprain and is expected to remain out for 4-to-6 weeks, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reports.
Impact: Ball suffered the ankle injury during Saturday's contest, and although X-rays came back negative, he'll be sidelined for at least the next month. Updates on his status will be provided as he makes progress in his recovery. With Ball on the shelf, expect Josh Hart and Rajon Rondo (who is doubtful for Monday) to take over at point guard.
News: Stephenson totaled 16 points (5-10 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four assists and two rebounds across 25 minutes in the Lakers' 138-134 overtime loss to the Rockets on Saturday.
Impact: Stephenson was one of three double-digit scorers off the Lakers bench, checking in behind only Ivica Zubac on the second unit. The veteran's point tally was his best since Dec. 13, and his final haul represented only his second double-digit scoring effort of January. Stephenson is certainly capable of production the caliber of Saturday's on occasion, but both his playing time and usage have proven difficult to trust thus far in the current month.
News: Zubac totaled 17 points (4-6 FG, 9-9 FT), seven rebounds, one assist and one block across 21 minutes in the Lakers' 138-134 overtime loss to the Rockets on Saturday.
Impact: Zubac outpaced fellow second-unit big JaVale McGee in minutes by five and turned in a strong overall line. The third-year center has back-to-back double-digit scoring efforts, and his strong work in late December while both Tyson Chandler and McGee were out with injuries appears to have earned him a more dependable, longer-term role in the rotation. Factoring in Saturday's game, Zubac has logged double-digit minutes in five of his last six contests.
News: McGee generated 12 points (6-8 FG, 0-2 FT), 14 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 16 minutes in the Lakers' 138-134 overtime loss to the Rockets on Saturday.
Impact: McGee came through with an ultra-efficient effort off the bench, ultimately leading the team in rebounds in the process. The big man has ceded starts to veteran Tyson Chandler the last two games, but he was able to still see a decent allotment of minutes off the bench Saturday with the contest going into overtime. The 31-year-old's value will be hard to gauge on a night-to-night basis as long as he's on the second unit, however, as the emerging Ivica Zubac is also on hand to compete for minutes.
News: Ingram turned in 21 points (7-12 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 6-8 FT), five rebounds and four assists across 36 minutes in the Lakers' 138-134 overtime loss to the Rockets on Saturday.
Impact: Ingram's scoring total checked in second to only that of Kyle Kuzma's on the night for the Lakers, as he found his shooting touch once again following a 1-for-9 clunker versus the Thunder on Thursday. Ingram has shot well over 53.0 percent in four of his last five games, eclipsing the 20-point mark twice overall during that span. The 21-year-old has benefited considerably from the absence of LeBron James (groin), but his usage should naturally take a hit once the latter returns.
News: Kuzma contributed a team-best 32 points (12-19 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 4-5 FT) to go with eight rebounds, three assists and two steals across 44 minutes Saturday in the Lakers' 138-134 overtime loss to the Rockets.
Impact: Kuzma carried the team on his back in the first half as the Lakers amassed a 64-46 edge, scoring 24 of his points across the two quarters. While his production slowed down thereafter, Kuzma still cleared the 30-point mark while shooting better than 50 percent for the second straight game. The Lakers lost Lonzo Ball to a sprained ankle during the contest and are expected to remain without LeBron James (groin) and Rajon Rondo (hand) again Monday against Golden State, potentially setting up Kuzma for another game with higher-than-normal usage.