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Lonzo Ball suffers strained calf in NBA Summer League semifinals

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Lonzo Ball's Summer League season has been an absolute roller-coaster ride, with dizzying highs mixed in with disappointing setbacks.

The No. 2 overall pick by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2017 NBA Draft has shown what he can do as a pass-first point guard, racking up a pair of triple-doubles in Las Vegas so far.

However, it hasn't come without its share of drama, as he has struggled at times, dealt with rotating footwear issues and, most recently, had to exit a game with a strained calf.

Ball felt his calf tighten up during the Lakers' 108-98 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in the Summer League semifinals on Sunday and had to exit the game. Now, he's hoping to be available for Monday night's championship game, but told ESPN.com that he's not sure what his status will be:

"This is the first time my calf got tight," Ball said, adding that he still felt stiffness. "Just being cautious. I wanted to get back out there, but the training staff is going to take care of me and I will be with them tonight and tomorrow and hope I can get back out there tomorrow."

Ball had 16 points, 10 assists and four rebounds before his had to exit the game and was leading the red-hot Lakers' offense to one of its best performances of the summer so far.

2017 Las Vegas Summer League Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

The Lakers made an impressive 17 of their 22 three-point attempts, with Ball facilitating the long-range attack by finding guys like Kyle Kuzma with crisp passes that allowed them to get off quick shots:

"I felt good tonight," Ball said. "It was the first time I was making shots. I felt good. Kuz was catching everything, hitting his. First half, I think we shot like 70 percent or something crazy like that. So everybody was hitting tonight."

Fortunately for Los Angeles, the Lakers were able to hold off the Mavs and star rookie Dennis Smith Jr. even without Ball playing. However, if they are going to win the Las Vegas league title on Monday night, they'll likely need Ball on the court and at full strength.

2017 Las Vegas Summer League - Brooklyn Nets v Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers are scheduled to take on the Portland Trail Blazers in the title game - LA's fifth game in six days.

Because they've been playing so much basketball recently, perhaps the Lakers will take it easy with their young star. But Ball has shown he has the desire to compete on a nightly basis, so if he's able to go, we'll see him out on the court gunning for a championship.

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