Lakers News: Lonzo Ball Out For Next Two Games, Doubtful For Rising Stars Challenge

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Looks like Lonzo Ball won’t return before the All-Star break.

After missing his last 13 games with a left MCL sprain, Lonzo Ball should be making his return to the Los Angeles Lakers soon, but not as soon as some, including Ball, had hoped.

According to Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times, head coach Luke Walton has ruled out Ball for the next two games, making his availability for Friday’s Rising Stars Challenge less likely.

Lonzo Ball is out for the Lakers upcoming back to back and probably for the Rising Stars game. Walton wouldn’t commit to that, but if he’s not playing tomorrow and Thursday, he’s likely not playing Friday.

— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) February 13, 2018

Ball was one of three Lakers selected to represent Team USA in the Rising Stars Challenge, along with rookie Kyle Kuzma and second-year forward Brandon Ingram. Should Ball miss out this year, the Lakers will be well represented regardless.

Still, it’s disappointing to think the No. 1 and No. 2 overall picks won’t be participants in the Rising Stars Challenge, especially with the latter showing signs of All-Star potential in his rookie campaign.

On the season, Ball is averaging 10.2 points, 7.1 rebounds, 7.1 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.9 blocks per game. His shooting from the field (35.6 percent) still leaves much to be desired, but he was showing a spike in production prior to suffering an injury to his left MCL. In December, Ball was shooting 42.2 percent from the field and 37.7 from long range on 5.3 attempts per game.

Ball will surely miss out on playing in his first Rising Stars game, especially in front his hometown crowd in Los Angeles, but his long-term health is more important than some exhibition game. If all goes well, he’ll likely get an invite again next year.

Ball will have a 10-day gap between now and his next game to get his knee to full strength. Hopefully by the time the Lakers return from All-Star break, Ball will be ready to lead the Lakers to a playoff push alongside his new teammates Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye.

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  • Slide 1 of 83: Stephen Curry of the Warriors goes to the basket against the Clippers on Feb. 22 in Oakland, California. The Warriors won 134-127.
  • Slide 2 of 83: The Thunder's Russell Westbrook (0) hits a buzzer-beater for a 110-107 win against the Kings in Sacramento, Calif., on Feb. 22.
  • Slide 3 of 83: From left to right, Wizards' Marcin Gortat, Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson and Wizards' Markieff Morris battle for a rebound in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 22, in Cleveland. The Wizards won 110-103.
  • Slide 4 of 83: Ben Simmons (25) of the 76ers shoots a free throw against the Chicago Bulls on Feb. 22, in Chicago, Illinois. Ben Simmons (career-high 32 points) made two free throws with 0:05.6 remaining to propel the 76ers to a 116-115 victory over the Bulls.
  • Slide 5 of 83: The Knicks guard Trey Burke (23) drives to the basket as the Magic guard Shelvin Mack (7) defends during the second quarter at Amway Center on Feb. 22, in Orlando, FL. The Knicks won 120-113.
  • Slide 6 of 83: The Hornets center Dwight Howard (12) grabs a rebound between the Nets forward Quincy Acy (13) and forward DeMarre Carroll (9) on Feb. 22 in Charlotte, NC. The Hornets won 111-96.
  • Slide 7 of 83: The Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) works for a shot as the Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler (21) defends on Feb. 15, in Milwaukee, WI. The Nuggets won 134-123.
  • Slide 8 of 83: The Timberwolves forward Taj Gibson (67) drives past the Lakers center Brook Lopez (11) on Feb 15, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 119-111.
  • Slide 9 of 83: Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard clenches his fist after scoring against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Dipaola)
  • Slide 10 of 83: PHILADELPHIA,PA - FEBRUARY 14 : Trevor Booker #35 of the Philadelphia 76ers gets in ready to rebound the ball against the Miami Heat at Wells Fargo Center on February 14, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
  • Slide 11 of 83: CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 14:   Zach LaVine #8 of the Chicago Bulls Looses control of the ball after being fouled by Jonas Valanciunas #17 of the Toronto Raptors at the United Center on February 14, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Raptors defeated the Bulls 122-98. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
  • Slide 12 of 83: Feb 14, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) blocks a shot by Los Angeles Lakers forward Corey Brewer (3) during the second half at the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans defeated the Lakers 139-117. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports - 10614451
  • Slide 13 of 83: Atlanta Hawks guard Isaiah Taylor (22) defends Detroit Pistons forward Reggie Bullock (25) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Detroit, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
  • Slide 14 of 83: Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) drives past Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) and forward Tobias Harris (34) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Slide 15 of 83: Indiana Pacers forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) and center Domantas Sabonis (11) guard Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris (12) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, in New York. The Pacers won 108-103. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
  • Slide 16 of 83: New York Knicks forward Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) fouls Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. The Wizards defeated the Knicks 118-113. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • Slide 17 of 83: ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 14: Kemba Walker #15 of the Charlotte Hornets shoots the ball against the Orlando Magic on February 14, 2018 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
  • Slide 18 of 83: Phoenix Suns guard Elfrid Payton, right, guards Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, left, in the first half during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
  • Slide 19 of 83: MEMPHIS, TN - FEBRUARY 14: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder dunks the ball against the Memphis Grizzlies on February 14, 2018 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
  • Slide 20 of 83: HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 14:  James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets  shoots over Garrett Temple #17 of the Sacramento Kings and Kosta Koufos #41 at Toyota Center on February 14, 2018 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
  • Slide 21 of 83: Feb 13, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) drives to the basket as Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (13) tries to defend during the fourth quarter at Air Canada Centre.
  • Slide 22 of 83: San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, right, dribbles the ball behind his back as he gets around Denver Nuggets guard Devin Harris during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Denver.
  • Slide 23 of 83: Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James hangs from the basket after dunking in front of Oklahoma City Thunder guard Alex Abrines during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.
  • Slide 24 of 83: Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, center, is defended by Atlanta Hawks guard Kent Bazemore, left, and Dewayne Dedmon, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Milwaukee.
  • Slide 25 of 83: MINNEAPOLIS, MN -  FEBRUARY 13: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets goes to the basket against the Minnesota Timberwolves on February 13, 2018 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Slide 26 of 83: Sacramento Kings guard Vince Carter (15) and Dallas Mavericks guard Yogi Ferrell, bottom, dive after a loose ball at mid court in the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Dallas.
  • Slide 27 of 83: Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, right, dribbles past Phoenix Suns' Elfrid Payton during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
  • Slide 28 of 83: Utah Jazz forward Jae Crowder, foreground and San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green, rear, battle for a loose ball in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
  • Slide 29 of 83: PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 12: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers encourages the crowd to get loud in the third quarter against the New York Knicks at the Wells Fargo Center on February 12, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers defeated the Knicks 108-92. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
  • Slide 30 of 83: DETROIT, MI - FEBRUARY 12: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans shoots the ball against the Detroit Pistons on February 12, 2018 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Chris Schwegler/NBAE via Getty Images)
  • Slide 31 of 83: CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 12:  Zach LaVine #8 of the Chicago Bulls handles the ball against the Orlando Magic on February 12, 2018 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)
  • Slide 32 of 83: BROOKLYN, NY - FEBRUARY 12:  Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers shoots the ball against the Brooklyn Nets on February 12, 2018 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
  • Slide 33 of 83: PORTLAND, OR - FEBRUARY 11:  CJ McCollum #3 of the Portland Trail Blazers drives to the basket against the Utah Jazz on February 11, 2018 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Cameron Browne/NBAE via Getty Images)
  • Slide 34 of 83: BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 11: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers handles the ball against Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics during the game between the two teams on February 11, 2018 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE  (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
  • Slide 35 of 83: HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 11: Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets shoots the ball during the game against the Dallas Mavericks on February 11, 2018 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
  • Slide 36 of 83: MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 11:  The opening tip off begins between Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Willie Cauley-Stein #00 of the Sacramento Kingson February 11, 2018 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Jordan Johnson/NBAE via Getty Images)
  • Slide 37 of 83: Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) shoots in front of New York Knicks center Kyle O'Quinn (9) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. The Pacers defeated the Knicks 121-113. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
  • Slide 38 of 83: Oklahoma City Thunder forward Josh Huestis left, grimaces as he is fouled by Memphis Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
  • Slide 39 of 83: Feb 11, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) shoots the ball against Charlotte Hornets center Dwight Howard (12) in the first half at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports - 10603727
  • Slide 40 of 83: ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 11:  Dennis Schroder #17 of the Atlanta Hawks attacks the basket against Blake Griffin #23 and Ish Smith #14 of the Detroit Pistons at Philips Arena on February 11, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
  • Slide 41 of 83: PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 10: Philadelphia 76ers Center Joel Embiid (21) elevates for a dunk in the second half during the game between the Los Angeles Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers on February 10, 2018 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
  • Slide 42 of 83: Denver Nuggets guard Will Barton (5) drives to the basket past Phoenix Suns' Troy Daniels during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)
  • Slide 43 of 83: New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis drives to the basket against the Brooklyn Nets during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
  • Slide 44 of 83: Washington Wizards' Tomas Satoransky, of the Czech Republic, celebrates after making a 3-point shot during the final minutes of the team's NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, in Chicago. Washington won 101-90. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
  • Slide 45 of 83: DALLAS, TX - FEBRUARY 10: Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks handles the ball against the Los Angeles Lakers on February 10, 2018 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Danny Bollinger/NBAE via Getty Images)
  • Slide 46 of 83: Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dunks the ball in front of Orlando Magic forward Jonathon Simmons (17) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
  • Slide 47 of 83: OAKLAND, CA - FEBRUARY 10:  Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors handles the ball against the San Antonio Spurs on February 10, 2018 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
  • Slide 48 of 83: CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 9: Zach LaVine #8 of the Chicago Bulls shoots a free throw to tie the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on February 9, 2018 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images)
  • Slide 49 of 83: Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) drives up court in the second half during an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
  • Slide 50 of 83: Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard goes to the basket as Sacramento Kings guard De'Aaron Fox, rear, watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The Trail Blazers won 118-100. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
  • Slide 51 of 83: MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 9: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat shoots the ball during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks on February 9, 2018 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.
  • Slide 52 of 83: Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) works against Atlanta Hawks guard Isaiah Taylor (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Slide 53 of 83: DETROIT, MI - FEBRUARY 9: Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers watches his shot score during the second quarter of the game against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena on February 9, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. LA Clippers defeated Detroit Pistons 108-95. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) *** Lou Williams
  • Slide 54 of 83: HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 9: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets shoots the ball during the game against the Denver Nuggets on February 9, 2018 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
  • Slide 55 of 83: BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 09:  Victor Oladipo #4 of the Indiana Pacers lays up during the first quarter of the game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on February 9, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)
  • Slide 56 of 83: PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 9: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans and Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers look on during foul shots in the first quarter at the Wells Fargo Center on February 9, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers defeated the Pelicans 100-82. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
  • Slide 57 of 83: Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry shoots over Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki (41) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Oakland, Calif.
  • Slide 58 of 83: Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) drives around Washington Wizards forward Tomas Satoransky (31), from the Czech Republic, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Washington.
  • Slide 59 of 83: ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 8: Dennis Schroder #17 of the Atlanta Hawks goes to the basket against the Orlando Magic on February 8, 2018 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.
  • Slide 60 of 83: Feb 8, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN;   Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17) blocks a shot from New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) in the second half at Air Canada Centre.
  • Slide 61 of 83: Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu, left, is fouled by Charlotte Hornets center Dwight Howard during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018.
  • Slide 62 of 83: San Antonio Spurs guards Tony Parker (9) and Patty Mills (8) high-five after a scoring run force the Phoenix Suns to take a timeout during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
  • Slide 63 of 83: CLEVELAND, OH - FEBRUARY 7:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers grabs the rebound against the Minnesota Timberwolves on February 7, 2018 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE  (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
  • Slide 64 of 83: Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio (3) drives against Memphis Grizzlies guard Andrew Harrison during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
  • Slide 65 of 83: DETROIT, MI - FEBRUARY 7:  Blake Griffin #23 of the Detroit Pistons shoots the ball during the game against the Brooklyn Nets on February 7, 2018 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Chris Schwegler/NBAE via Getty Images)
  • Slide 66 of 83: Houston Rockets guard James Harden, left, looks for an open teammate past Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Miami. The Rockets defeated the Heat 109-101. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  • Slide 67 of 83: OAKLAND, CA - FEBRUARY 6:  Paul George #13 of the Oklahoma City Thunder shoots a free throw against the Golden State Warriors on February 6, 2018 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
  • Slide 68 of 83: Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives toward the basket as Brooklyn Nets forward DeMarre Carroll (9) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • Slide 69 of 83: LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 06:  Josh Jackson #20 of the Phoenix Suns guards Brandon Ingram #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers as he drives to the basket in the second half of the game at Staples Center on February 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
  • Slide 70 of 83: Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroder (17) drives against Memphis Grizzlies forward Jarell Martin (1) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Slide 71 of 83: Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe (6) goes to the basket past New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) and center Enes Kanter (00) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
  • Slide 72 of 83: ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 6: Jonathon Simmons #17 of the Orlando Magic dunks the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers on February 6, 2018 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
  • Slide 73 of 83: TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 6  -   Kyle Lowry (7) of the Raptors tries to get by Marcus Morris (13) of the Celtics during the 2nd half of NBA action as the Toronto Raptors host the Boston Celtics at the Air Canada Centre on February 6, 2018. The Raptors defeated the Celtics 111-91.        (Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
  • Slide 74 of 83: PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 06: Washington Wizards Forward Mike Scott (30) leaps over Philadelphia 76ers Forward Robert Covington (33) for a shot in the second half during the game between the Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers on February 06, 2018 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
  • Slide 75 of 83: Robin Lopez (42) of the Bulls argues over a foul called by referee Rodney Mott (71) the Kings on Feb. 5, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Mott called two technical fouls on Lopez and ejected him from the game.  The Kings won 104-98.
  • Slide 76 of 83: Blake Griffin (23) of the Pistons shoots the ball during the game against the Trail Blazers on Feb. 5 in Detroit, Michigan. The Pistons won 111-91.
  • Slide 77 of 83: Rodney Hood of the Jazz goes to the basket against the Pelicans on Feb. 5, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Jazz won 133-109.
  • Slide 78 of 83: Dirk Nowitzki (41) of the Mavericks pulls downs a rebound against Sam Dekker of the Clippers as teammate Dwight Powell of the Mavericks defends on Feb. 5, in Los Angeles, California.  The Clippers won 104-101.
  • Slide 79 of 83: The Wizards center Marcin Gortat (13) and the Pacers center Myles Turner (33) go for a loose ball in Indianapolis, on Feb. 5. The Wizards won 111-102.
  • Slide 80 of 83: The Magic guard Elfrid Payton (2) shoots around the Heat forward Josh Richardson (0) on Feb. 5, in Miami, FL. The Magic won 111-109.
  • Slide 81 of 83: Charlotte Hornets center Cody Zeller (40) is fouled by Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker (1) as he drives to the basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)
  • Slide 82 of 83: Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) grabs his right ankle after falling to the floor during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in New York. Antetokounmpo did not return to the game. and the Bucks defeated the Nets 109-94. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • Slide 83 of 83: NEW YORK CITY, NY - FEBRUARY  4: Kristaps Porzingis #6 of the New York Knicks handles the ball during the game against the Atlanta Hawks on February 4, 2018 in New York City, NY NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Mean machine

Stephen Curry of the Warriors goes to the basket against the Clippers on Feb. 22 in Oakland, California. The Warriors won 134-127.
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3-pointer at buzzer

The Thunder's Russell Westbrook (0) hits a buzzer-beater for a 110-107 win against the Kings in Sacramento, Calif., on Feb. 22.
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Maxim Defense

From left to right, Wizards' Marcin Gortat, Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson and Wizards' Markieff Morris battle for a rebound in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 22, in Cleveland. The Wizards won 110-103.
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This one is free

Ben Simmons (25) of the 76ers shoots a free throw against the Chicago Bulls on Feb. 22, in Chicago, Illinois. Ben Simmons (career-high 32 points) made two free throws with 0:05.6 remaining to propel the 76ers to a 116-115 victory over the Bulls.
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Back in the game

The Knicks guard Trey Burke (23) drives to the basket as the Magic guard Shelvin Mack (7) defends during the second quarter at Amway Center on Feb. 22, in Orlando, FL. The Knicks won 120-113.
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Tallest of them all

The Hornets center Dwight Howard (12) grabs a rebound between the Nets forward Quincy Acy (13) and forward DeMarre Carroll (9) on Feb. 22 in Charlotte, NC. The Hornets won 111-96.
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The buck stops here

The Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) works for a shot as the Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler (21) defends on Feb. 15, in Milwaukee, WI. The Nuggets won 134-123.
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The driving force galleon

The Timberwolves forward Taj Gibson (67) drives past the Lakers center Brook Lopez (11) on Feb 15, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 119-111.
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Man of the hour

The Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard clenches his fist after scoring against the Warriors on Feb. 14 in Portland, Ore. The Trail Blazers won 123-117.
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Moment of truth

Trevor Booker (35) of the 76ers gets in ready to rebound the ball against the Heat on Feb. 14 in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 104-102.
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Losing control

Zach LaVine (8) of the Bulls Looses control of the ball after being fouled by Jonas Valanciunas (17) of the Raptors on Feb. 14 in Chicago. The Raptors won 122-98.
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Fight for possession

The Pelicans' Anthony Davis (23) blocks a shot by the Lakers' Corey Brewer (3) on Feb. 14 in New Orleans. The Pelicans won 139-117.
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Get outta my way

The Hawks' Isaiah Taylor (22) defends Pistons' Reggie Bullock (25) on Feb. 14 in Detroit. The Pistons won 104-98.
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Kyrie in action

The Celtics' Kyrie Irving (11) drives past the Clippers' Austin Rivers (25) on Feb. 14 in Boston. The Clippers won 129-119.
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Against all odds

The Pacers' Bojan Bogdanovic (44) and Domantas Sabonis (11) guard the Nets' Joe Harris (12) on Feb. 14 in New York. The Pacers won 108-103. 
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Flying wizards

The Knicks' Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) fouls the Wizards' Otto Porter Jr. (22) on Feb. 14 in New York. The Wizards won 118-113. 
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Fight to the finish

Kemba Walker (15) of the Hornets shoots the ball against the Magic on Feb. 14 in Orlando, Fla. The Hornets won 104-102.
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Driving through

The Suns' Elfrid Payton, right, guards the Jazz' Donovan Mitchell on Feb. 14 in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won 107-97.
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Westbrook goes for the dunk

Russell Westbrook (0) of the Thunder dunks the ball against the Grizzlies on Feb. 14 in Memphis, Tenn. Oklahoma won 121-114.
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Rockets take off

James Harden (13) of the Rockets shoots over Garrett Temple (17) of the Kings on Feb. 14 in Houston. The Rockets won 100-91.
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Raptors turn down the Heat

Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) drives to the basket as Heat center Bam Adebayo (13) tries to defend on Feb. 13 in Toronto. Toronto won 115-112.
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Behind the back

Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, right, dribbles the ball behind his back as he gets around Nuggets guard Devin Harris on Feb. 13 in Denver.
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King of the ring

Cavaliers forward LeBron James hangs from the basket after dunking in front of Thunder guard Alex Abrines in Oklahoma City, on Feb. 13. Cleveland won 120-112.
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Vigilant Hawks

Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is defended by Hawks guard Kent Bazemore, left, and Dewayne Dedmon, right, on Feb. 13 in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 97-92.
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Harden wins it for Houston

James Harden of the Rockets goes to the basket against the Timberwolves on Feb. 13 in Minneapolis. Houston won 126-108.
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Age is just a number

Kings guard Vince Carter and Mavericks guard Yogi Ferrell, bottom, dive after a loose ball on Feb. 13 in Dallas. Sacramento won 114-109.
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Invincible Curry

The Warriors' Stephen Curry, right, dribbles past the Suns' Elfrid Payton on Feb. 12 in Oakland, Calif. The Warriors won 129-83.
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Losing balance

The Jazz's Jae Crowder and the Spurs' Danny Green battle for a loose ball on Feb. 12 in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won 101-99.
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Are you not entertained?

Joel Embiid (21) of the 76ers encourages the crowd to get loud against the Knicks on Feb. 12 in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 108-92.
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Pelicans take flight

Anthony Davis (23) of the Pelicans shoots the ball against the Pistons on Feb. 12 in Detroit. The Pelicans won 118-103.
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You cant stop me

Zach LaVine (8) of the Bulls handles the ball against the Magic on Feb. 12 in Chicago. The Bulls won 105-101.
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Shoots and scores

Lou Williams (23) of the Clippers shoots the ball against the Nets on Feb. 12 in Brooklyn, New York. The Clippers won 114-101.
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Leap of faith

Portland's CJ McCollum (3) drives to the basket against visiting Utah on Feb. 11. Utah won 115-96.

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Friends to rivals

Cleveland's LeBron James (23) handles the ball while being guarded by former teammate Kyrie Irving in Boston on Feb. 11. Cleveland won 121-99.
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Incoming!

Houston's Chris Paul (3) shoots the ball against visiting Dallas on Feb. 11. The Rockets won 104-97.
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Tip time

The opening tipoff takes place between Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns (32) and Sacramento's Willie Cauley-Stein (00) in Minneapolis on Feb. 11. The Timberwolves won 111-106.
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Total control

Indiana's Victor Oladipo (4) gets past New York's Kyle O'Quinn (9) during the host Pacers' 121-113 victory on Feb. 11.
38/83 SLIDES © Sue Ogrocki/AP Photo

Taking one for the team

Oklahoma City's Josh Huestis, left, grimaces as he is fouled by Memphis' Dillon Brooks during the host Thunder's 110-92 win on Feb 11.
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Open look

Toronto's DeMar DeRozan shoots the ball during the visiting Raptors' 123-103 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Feb 11.
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Hawks take off

Atlanta's Dennis Schroder (17) goes up for an easy basket against visiting Detroit on Feb. 11. The Hawks won 118-115.
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Slam it

Philadelphia's Joel Embiid (21) elevates for a dunk against the visiting Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 10. The 76ers won 112-98.

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Driving through

The Nuggets' Will Barton (5) drives to the basket past the Suns' Troy Daniels on Feb. 10 in Phoenix. Denver won 123-113.
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All stretched out

The Pelicans' Anthony Davis drives to the basket against the Nets on Feb. 10 in New York. New Orleans won 138-128.
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Three pointer

The Wizards' Tomas Satoransky celebrates after making a 3-point shot against the Bulls on Feb. 10 in Chicago. Washington won 101-90.
45/83 SLIDES © Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP Photo

On the move

Dirk Nowitzki of the Mavericks handles the ball against the Lakers on Feb. 10 in Dallas. The Mavericks won 130-123.
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And thats how you do it

The Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks the ball in front of the Magic's Jonathon Simmons on Feb. 10, in Orlando, Fla. The Bucks won 111-104.
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Draymond in action

Draymond Green of the Warriors handles the ball against the Spurs on Feb. 10 in Oakland, Calif. The Warriors won 122-105.
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Swish Swish

Zach LaVine (8) of the Bulls shoots a free throw to tie the game against the Timberwolves on Feb. 9 in Chicago. The Bulls won 114-113.
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Jazzing up the place

The Jazz'  Donovan Mitchell (45) drives up court against the Hornets on Feb. 9 in Salt Lake City. Utah won 106-94.
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Man of the hour

The Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard goes to the basket against the Kings on Feb. 9 in Sacramento, Calif. The Trail Blazers won 118-100. 
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Homecoming King

Dwyane Wade (3 )of the Heat shoots the ball against the Bucks on Feb. 9 in Miami. The Heat won 91-85.

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Unstoppable LeBron

The Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) works against the Hawks' Isaiah Taylor (22) on Feb. 9 in Atlanta. Cleveland won 123-107.
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The past and the present

Lou Williams (23) of the Clippers watches his shot score while Blake Griffin (23) of the Pistons looks on in the back on Feb. 9 in Detroit. The Clippers won 108-95.
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Harden goes for the kill

James Harden (13) of the Rockets shoots the ball against the Nuggets on Feb. 9 in Houston. The Rockets won 130-104.
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Layup

Victor Oladipo (4) of the Pacers lays up against the Celtics on Feb. 9 in Boston. Indiana won 97-91.
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Legends in the making

Anthony Davis (23) of the Pelicans and Joel Embiid (21) of the 76ers look on during foul shots on Feb. 9 in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 100-82.
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Curry on

The Warriors' Stephen Curry shoots over the Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki on Feb. 8 in Oakland, Calif. Golden State won 121-103.
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On the move

Celtics guard Kyrie Irving drives around Wizards forward Tomas Satoransky on Feb. 8 in Washington. Boston won 110-104.
59/83 SLIDES © Fernando Medina/NBAE/Getty Images

Hawk eye

Dennis Schroder of the Hawks goes to the basket against the Magic on Feb. 8 in Orlando, Florida. Orlando won 100-98.
60/83 SLIDES © Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Blocked

Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas blocks a shot by Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. on Feb. 8 in Toronto. Toronto won 118-88.
61/83 SLIDES © Craig Mitchelldyer/AP Photo

Forward against Howard

Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu, left, is fouled by Hornets center Dwight Howard in Portland, Ore., on Feb. 8. Portland won 109-103.
62/83 SLIDES © Ross D. Franklin/AP Photo

High-five

The Spurs guards Tony Parker (9) and Patty Mills (8) high-five after a scoring against the Suns on Feb. 7 in Phoenix. The Spurs won 129-81.

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