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Updated RPM projections: Lakers

Real plus-minus expects the Lakers to win about six more games than they did a year ago, but playoff contention is much further away.

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Lonzo Ball says that he's playing Thursday.

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Lonzo Ball playing 'for sure' in Lakers' opener

Rookie point guard Lonzo Ball admitted to being "a little rusty" as he finally returned to full practice, but says he'll be ready to play Thursday when the Lakers open their season against the Clippers.

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Ball wins half-court shooting contest (0:47)

Lawrence Murray ESPN.com 

Lonzo Ball (ankle) did everything in practice today and wants to play Thursday. Barring setbacks, he should be ready for regular season opener.

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Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma with the post practice halfcourt shot duel.

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Can Lonzo live up to the hype?

Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook gives the 76ers' Ben Simmons the best Rookie of Year odds (5-2), while William Hill's Nevada sportsbook has Lonzo Ball as a 9-5 favorite. Ball could become the first Laker to win the award since the franchise moved to Los Angeles.

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Lakers already impressed by Lonzo (0:33)

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Julius Randle has a right intercostal strain and will be re-evaluated on Monday. He did not practice today but he was on court shooting free throws at end of practice. There's no practice tomorrow so he will get another day of rest. Randle had no soreness today though which is a good sign.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lakers waived Vander Blue, Travis Wear and Briante Weber to get roster down to 16.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Larry Nance Jr. knows he could be starting at power forward to open the season based on how his strengths complement Brook Lopez's perimeter game and Lonzo Ball's ability to push and create. "There is so much that goes into it," Nance said. "If it was strictly who was averaging most points, it's obvious. If it is strictly who is playing the best defense, there you go. Rebounds, there you go. If it was one thing specific, it would be very obvious but the reason why it is so jumbled, it is a lineup deal. We have a superstar center that somebody has to mesh with very well, offensively and defensively. That is what [Luke Walton] has been trying to do, figure out which personality and which play styles plays best with Brook. If that is me, great. If it's not, so be it. I am just ready to play my role, whatever it is."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Larry Nance Jr. got down on himself after a couple of turnovers early in the third quarter and Luke Walton told him to channel and re-direct his emotions. "I got to pull myself out of these little funks that I get in," Nance said. "At the same time energy is always there. I put in a whole lot of work. I am one heck of an offensive player. I really am. I just got to show it and have the confidence to show it."

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Kuzma gets fancy with pass to Randle (0:21)
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Randle leaves game after awkward landing (0:18)

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Luke Walton's decision on who to start at power forward between Larry Nance Jr., Julius Randle and even Kyle Kuzma may be based more on who fits best with Lonzo Ball and Brook Lopez's perimeter shooting and who can fit best with the second unit and perhaps provide a punch. That could be why Nance has started the last three preseason games with Randle coming off bench. "It is more than who is playing better than the other two," Walton explained. "You got to think about making the second unit solid and a threat to be able to score enough and who plays well with Brook's shooting... Whoever ends up being that position for us, with the young team that we have, we expect there to be some leadership... they're going to have to be open and willing to do multiple things. There might be times when Julius might be playing the backup five and Kuz at four, and there might be times where Larry is at the five, and Julius at the four and Kuz at the three."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Julius Randle (back spasms) will not return to game tonight. Larry Nance Jr. started the game again at power forward and Luke Walton may be leaning toward starting Nance to go with Lonzo Ball, who might be able to facilitate easier baskets for Nance. Randle, who can score in a number of ways, could potentially give the Lakers more scoring off the bench if Walton opts to go that way.

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Two will have to do

The Lakers' preseason ends Friday night with Lonzo Ball limited to the first two of six games by an ankle injury. Coach Luke Walton is hopeful that the high-profile rookie from UCLA will be ready for the regular-season opener on Oct. 19 vs. the Clippers.

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Lonzo Ball working on his handles before the game with assistant coach Miles Simon watching.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Lonzo Ball (ankle) is out tonight but he's going through a workout and moving well as he works on runners and moves.

Team Stats

Points Per Game104.617th
Rebounds Per Game43.517th
Assists Per Game20.926th
Points Allowed111.528th

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2017-1800.000
2016-172656.317
2015-161765.207
2014-152161.256
2013-142755.329

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