On Saturday, LaMelo Ball left the court after injuring his wrist against Los Angeles Clippers. Unfortunately, that could very well be the last time the Charlotte Hornets youngster would be seen in action this season.
Huge blow for the Hornets as LaMelo Ball excepted to be out for the rest of the season
During the 125-98 loss against the hosts at Staples Center yesterday, LaMelo Ball suffered the injury early into the game and after temporarily leaving the game, returned to the court but in the fourth quarter, he was unable to continue.
“It looked to me like he was having some discomfort there so I took him out,” said Hornets coach James Borrego during the Clippers clash.
After undergoing a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) exam on his right wrist in San Antonio, it was revealed that LaMelo had fractured a bone in his right wrist.
Meanwhile, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN has claimed that the 19-year-old is reportedly out for the rest of the 2021 season, but the player himself is seeking another opinion to confirm the diagnosis.
Sources have claimed that the fracture is in the region of LaMelo’s thumb. However, the teenager will not be officially ruled out until he is checked by Dr. Michelle Carlson at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York this week.
A frontrunner to win the Rookie of the Year award, LaMelo Ball has been sensational since his arrival in Charlotte. The 2020 first-round draft pick out from Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL) side Illawarra Hawks, LaMelo has clocked remarkable averages of 15.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.59 steals per game for 41 appearances.
Having won the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month Awards consecutively in both January and February, LaMelo is also the only NBA player in the last 60 years to lead the rookies in total points, rebounds, assists and steals at the All-Star Break, having registered averages of 19.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 6.2 assists, and 1.7 steals, along with shooting .464% from the field and .426% from three-point range in 21 starts since 1st February.
In 22 minutes of play against the Clippers yesterday, LaMelo clocked 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists, while Miles Bridges topped the visitors’ scoreboard with 21.
On the other hand, Clippers banked on Paul George and his double-double to pick up the 27th win of this season. George posted 21 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists, while Kawhi Leonard came in close with 17 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists.
With 20 wins and 21 losses, the Hornets are currently 8th in the Eastern Conference and will face San Antonio Spurs up next at the AT&T Center.