Update on LaMelo Ball’s injury: The Hornets guard assisted off-court after sustaining an ankle strain, sidelined against the Magic.
During the Charlotte Hornets game against the Orlando Magic, LaMelo Ball experienced a right ankle strain, requiring assistance to the locker room. Shortly after the incident, he was declared out for the remainder of the game.
In the second quarter, with a little over two minutes left, Ball seemed to land awkwardly on his right leg while executing a left-handed layup over Magic forward Paolo Banchero. He also received a blow to the face during the play. However, the way he was helped off the court indicated a lower-body concern.
The Hornets later confirmed that Ball’s injury was a right ankle strain, leading to his absence for the rest of the game.
Ball has been on an exceptional streak recently, averaging 32 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds in the nine games leading up to Sunday’s match. He had been shooting 44% from beyond the arc, attempting an average of 10 three-pointers per game. His season averages stood at 26 points, nine assists, and six rebounds before this game.
Injuries always bring concern, especially considering Ball’s history—he was sidelined for the remainder of last season in February due to a fractured right ankle, the same one he strained in this recent game. Additionally, his rookie season saw him limited to only 51 games due to various injuries.
The Hornets, with a 5-9 record, occupied the 12th spot in the Eastern Conference before Sunday’s game. Ball’s injury coincided with the return of guard Terry Rozier, who had been absent for the past three weeks due to a groin strain.