Lakers guard Ball tweaks ankle in practice, may miss game against Kings

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The win over Minnesota moved the Lakers to 5-6 this season.

The former Dallas Mavericks star made an impact by contributing nine rebounds in 23 minutes on the court and was delighted to open his Lakers account with a win.

For his career, the 7-foot-1, 240-pound Chandler, the second overall pick in the 2001 National Basketball Association draft by the Los Angeles Clippers and traded that night along with Brian Skinner to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Elton Brand, carries averages of 8.6 points and 9.3 rebounds in 28.2 minutes 1,086 games (875 starts).

That has proved slightly underwhelming given the marquee signing of LeBron James in the summer.

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The Lakers spoiled the game-high 31-point effort of Derrick Rose, who knocked in back-to-back threes that put the Timberwolves within a point, 110-111, with just 66 seconds left.

Head coach Luke Walton has found it hard to integrate the NBA's best player amid a roster equal in both adolescence and dogged experience.

The veteran center signed with Los angeles this week after clearing waivers on a contract buyout with the Suns. To have him close out games, I know how special he is on both ends.

Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler will play on Wednesday against the Lakers, coach Tom Thibodeau said after shootaround. "I'd like to say it is going to be better the next game".

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"I told him he needs an opt-out clause wherever he's at", James said with a smile.

Last season, L.A. had only South Bay Lakers two-way player Alex Caruso to turn to when Ball got injured, and while Caruso provided some good minutes, Walton said they're much deeper in that aspect this season.

While other key players Pascal Siakam had 21 points, Kyle Lowry 16 points and Serge Ibaka 14 points.

The Lakers next face the Sacramento Kings on Saturday and then take on the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.

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