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Lonzo Ball leaves Summer League game with “calf tightness,” does not return

Sunday the Lakers played their fifth Summer League game in seven days, and this was the second night of a back-to-back.

So if Lonzo Ball was cramping up and the Lakers were cautious and rested him, it’s hard to blame him or them.

Ball left in the third quarter of the Lakers semi-final win over Dallas (he had 16 points and 10 assists). He had played efficiently, but with his legs tightening up he went back to the locker room, then returned to the bench, but never re-entered the game.

It’s unclear if he will play in the Summer League championship game Monday, although I would be surprised if he suits up.