Lonzo Ball is not expected to return to the Los Angeles Lakers' lineup after missing the past five games due to a shoulder injury.
Ball was scheduled to be re-evaluated on Tuesday, with the Lakers caught in a tailspin, losing 10 of their last 11 games. The Lakers play the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.
Ball has not suited during a five-game losing streak as he deals with a left shoulder sprain he suffered in a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Dec. 23.
Strength coach Gunnar Peterson did not make the recent road trip with the team, instead hanging back in Los Angeles to work with Ball.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the Lakers are optimistic that Ball could get some on-court activity during a Lakers shoot-around on Wednesday but he's not expected to be ready to face the Thunder.
"Any time you have your starting point guard it always helps," Lakers veteran Corey Brewer said. "Lonzo's big for us so hopefully he gets back out there and we can get this thing turned around."
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