Lakers guard Lonzo Ball's first basket in return from injury

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According to Big Baller Brand, the Los Angeles Lakers point guard is ready to return and will be playing on Friday against the Dallas Mavericks. Despite all of the headaches that are caused by his father, LaVar, Ball has been very productive and has had a direct impact on the Los Angeles Lakers in year one.

While Ball - who will not play on Saturday in the Lakers' second of a back-to-back set at Sacramento as the team takes a cautious approach with their rookie - filled the box score like he has done often this season, teammate Julius Randle collected his fifth career triple-double with 18 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists against the Mavs.

The Lakers initially struggled without Ball on the court but turned a 0-6 record without him into an 8-13 record.

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In addition to getting Ball back, the Lakers will be looking for more consistency from Thomas, whose first three games as a Laker have been a roller-coaster ride.

"Everybody knows everybody's getting paid", Ball told reporters,". might as well make it legal". The Staples Center crowd had not seen Ball in uniform in a home game since January 11 after he sprained his left MCL in the very next game at Dallas.

It has been nearly six weeks since Lonzo Ball played in a game. "We kind of just focused on going there and getting out".

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Numerous young Lakers had never experienced a trade deadline deal that cost them not only two of the key components to the marginal success they have had this season, but also two well-liked personalities in the locker room. "They are an affront to all those who play by the rules". "He is a smart basketball player, even watching from afar". A day earlier, Ball said he thought playing with Thomas would be "easy" and "fun".

"As a staff, we will spend [some of] the break coming up with ideas as far as what will be the most effective way for us to play with the new roster that we have", Walton said last week.

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