There was good Los Angeles Lakers news Thursday as Lonzo Ball participated in practice. Before returning to the hardwood, Ball was out because of a left ankle sprain he suffered earlier last week in a defeat to the Denver Nuggets. The injury led to him missing the past three outings of the Lakers. There is a possibility that he will also sit out their last game of the preseason versus the Los Angeles Clippers.

According to Serena Winters of Lakers Nation, the only activity Ball missed in yesterday's practice was the scrimmage. Despite this, the 19-year-old out of UCLA remains "questionable" against the Clippers tonight.

Ball has had a good preseason so far. In his preseason debut, he struggled on offense only scoring five points for the Lakers when they took on the Minnesota Timberwolves. However, he fulfilled his role as a point guard as he had eight assists. The former Chino Hills phenomenon also recorded seven rebounds and two steals in that contest. Ball performed better in his second preseason appearance tallying eight points, two rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block. Sadly, his night had an abrupt ending due to the ankle sprain he sustained.

Luke Walton speaks

Following Thursday's practice, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton shared his thoughts about the absence of their prized newcomer, Lonzo Ball. Walton stated that what they are missing is Ball's ability to make everyone on the floor a threat, though he commended the point guards stepping up with the rookie out.

Walton agreed that it is a setback for the Lakers to be without Ball.

Preseason finale

The Los Angeles Lakers are seeking for just their second win in this year's preseason when they face the Los Angeles Clippers. The purple and gold franchise has been competitive so far, but it just cannot outperform teams that are expected to contend in the upcoming season.

Minnesota, Denver, and the Utah Jazz were the squads that topped the Lakers. It was the Sacramento Kings who gave them their lone win this preseason.

Meanwhile, the Clippers are aiming to capture their third victory of the preseason. Lob City is at 2-2 as of the moment. It is evident that the Clippers are still moving on from the departure of All-Star playmaker Chris Paul, who they traded to the Houston Rockets back in June. Similar to the Lakers, Friday's matchup is the Clippers' last competition ahead of the regular season.