Lakers' Ball to miss Monday final with calf strain
The Lakers’ No. 2 overall pick had said he would receive treatment leading up to the game against the Portland Trail Blazers and was hopeful to play.
Ball suffered the injury Sunday night and left in the third quarter of the Lakers’ semifinal win. He did not return.
The Lakers will be playing their fifth game in six nights.
With Magic Johnson, general manager Rob Pelinka and coach Luke Walton watching, Ball was having his best shooting night of the summer league, draining 5 of 7 shots, including 2 of 3 3-pointers, for 16 points.
He dished out 10 assists, all by halftime, to go with four rebounds in an anticipated showdown with Mavericks rookie Dennis Smith Jr., who finished with 21 points and six assists.
Ball has created a stir in Las Vegas with his choice of shoes for each game, from Big Baller Brand to Nike to Adidas to Under Armour. On Sunday, he wore a pair of Air Jordan XXXIs.
Information from ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk was used in this report.