Lonzo Ball held scoreless in loss to Trail Blazers

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Ball has impressed the Lakers coaching staff since returning to the court following a knee injury.

Luke Walton calls Lonzo Ball 'best player on court'

Ball has impressed the Lakers coaching staff since returning to the court following a knee injury.

Lonzo Ball simply did not have it offensively Thursday, going scoreless in 28 minutes of play in a 113-110 Lakers' loss to the Trail Blazers.

The 20-year-old rookie took a mere two shots while on the court. He didn't even attempt a free throw. He was also left off the court for a long stretch in the second quarter when the Lakers' second team came back from an 18-point first quarter deficit.

Then in the third quarter, Ball was on the bench again as Kyle Kuzma led the backups in a back-and-forth frame that saw the Lakers tie the game and eventually take a lead.

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The No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 draft was struggling so much Reggie Miller, who was commentating the game for TNT, took notice in the broadcast.

"Lonzo Ball needs to wake up and start scoring on offense," he said.

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Ball has never been known as a scoring point guard, but he has been noticeably absent from the box score in the points category throughout his short NBA career. Ball has scored in double-figures just twice in eight career games and is shooting just 32.6 percent from the floor for the 3-5 Lakers.

The zero points scored Thursday is the lowest point total he has had since his NBA debut in which he scored three points against the Clippers. He also became the first 2017 first-round pick to play at least 15 minutes in a game and go scoreless.

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