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Lakers' Ball sprains ankle, but says 'I'm playing' vs. Pacers

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Second-year Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball sprained his left ankle Tuesday but told reporters he intends to play Thursday night vs. the Indiana Pacers in spite of it.

"I'm playing Thursday," Ball said.

Ball sprained his left "pretty good" during the Lakers' 117-85 blowout loss at Denver, according to coach Luke Walton. It happened in the first half when Ball stepped over Nuggets guard Monte Morris. Ball left the game for good in the third quarter.

'I wanted to play," Ball said. "The coaching staff thought it was better for me to rest, so that's what I did. I gave it a go and I guess I wasn't moving good enough for them, so they just pulled me."

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LeBron James was hoping Ball could return, too -- especially since veteran point guard Rajon Rondo was already out with a broken hand.

"The way that we play, with the pace we play at, it's tough to lose a point guard, let along having both of them out," James said. "He was playing some good ball up until that point, so it's hard."