On Thursday, for the second consecutive day, Lonzo Ball was kept out of practice for the New Orleans pelicans. On Wednesday the ball remained out of practice after cramps and slight ankle changes in the second half of Monday's defeat against Brooklyn goals.
Coach Alvin Gentry turned to Ball sitting out of practice during his media availability Thursday.
"He didn't practice today. Once again, if we were in the playoffs and there would have been a playoff, he would probably have done it, but there is no reason to run for seven games in the season."
Gentry was later asked about Ball's availability for Friday's game against the Toronto Raptors and said he expects him to play even though it will probably be a decision at the time of the match.
Gentry: "Yes, I think so. I'll be surprised if he doesn't. It will be a game decision, but after talking to him today, I think he feels pretty good. "
Reporter: is it still just cramps? Did you change anything?
Gentry: "They are such little things. As I said, it's nothing we are worried about. We'll see how they feel tomorrow."
Ball is one of the few starters not to miss a game to start the season. A 1-6 start to the year was compounded by injuries to Jrue Holiday, Zion Williamson and Derrick Favors, three key pieces in the year that everyone lost at least one game this season.
The pelicans will return home after a short road trip to play Toronto for the second time this season Friday night.