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Klay Thompson diagnosed with broken thumb-Dr. Lannon

Sean Lannon M.D.

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Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson has been diagnosed with a broken thumb and will be re-evaluated next week. Expect him to miss 2-4 weeks if it’s non-surgical. If surgery is performed the timetable will vary depending on the fracture. That being said, he could be looking at 4-8 weeks RTP without a supplemental brace.

Sean Lannon, M.D. is an orthopaedic surgeon finishing his training in Tampa, FL at University of South Florida. Originally from the Texas Hill Country, he grew up in the glory years of Dallas Cowboys football and Greg Popovich/Tim Duncan’s reign with the San Antonio Spurs. He is a former college golfer at Loyola University of Chicago and follows the PGA tour closely.When not working, he is trying to convince his wife and 2 daughters to watch sports (mostly unsuccessfully).

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How will the Lakers adjust without Lonzo Ball?

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Not one, not two, but a total of three Lakers have been sidelined with impactful injuries, just within the past thirty days. First, it was four time MVP, Lebron James, just weeks after, it was veteran back-up point guard, Rajon Rondo, and now as we speak, starting point guard, Lonzo Ball. Ball’s injury was sustained moments after the second year point-guard caught a skip pass, coming from the far, right corner to the top of the key. After receiving the pass, Ball headed straight towards the rim but when cut off by Houston Rockets wing, James Ennis, his ankle gave out as he gingerly fell onto the court. Ball had to exit the game for its entirety and was unable to walk off the court under his own power.

Quite frankly this injury comes at an inopportune time for both parties- the Lakers and Ball. Not only will Ball’s inherited gifts such as his length, size, and athleticism be missed, but also the incessant improvements to his outside shooting and defense that have shown through, recently. From an X’s and O’s adjustment standpoint, look for the Lakers to utilize Brandon Ingram more as a primarily ball handler in the starting lineup. His length and adept ball-handling skills advertise him as a viable candidate to get the ball up and the down court in an efficient manner. Ingram is also a worthy interim-replacement because he sticks to the script when it comes to getting his team into their offensive sets. In other words, his game doesn’t embody many selfish tendencies which makes it easier for other players to involve themselves in the offense. That being said, even though Ingram may be their best option, it doesn’t take away from the fact that the main approach will be to move the ball via competent passing. Ingram isn’t equipped with nearly as much speed in the open court like Lonzo; therefore, it is more feasible to put emphasis on passing as the main mode for movement because the ball always outruns humans.

In regards to the future, news has already broken out that the severity of the sprain is viewed as a grade 3. The protocol for Ball realistically will be wearing an ankle brace for 2-3 weeks. It is important the Laker’s training staff takes the ultimate amount of precaution, with Ball being regarded as a piece of the posterity for this this team. Ball has the chance of suiting up to play in about 6 weeks. Lakers fans are going to have to hold tight for a little while to see their young stud suited up.

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