LaMelo Ball injures ankle

Hornets star point guard LaMelo Ball exited Wednesday night’s game against the Rockets midway through the third quarter after teammate PJ Washington landed awkwardly on Ball’s left leg. Ball appeared to roll his ankle and did not immediately get up off the floor. He eventually was helped to the locker room by trainers. The play occurred midway through the third quarter with the score tied. Ball left the game with 13 points and four assists on 4-for-16 shooting in 20 minutes.
Sources: Nick Selbe @ Sports Illustrated

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Kelly Iko @KellyIko

Rockets lose to LaMelo-less Hornets 122-117 at home. Losing streak is now 12. Man. – 10:24 PM

Nick DePaula @NickDePaula

LaMelo Ball is in the β€œSlime” MB.02s tonight πŸ‘€ pic.twitter.com/LqsiyQzYNv – 10:01 PM

The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA

LaMelo Ball was helped to the locker room after apparently injuring his ankle on this play.
pic.twitter.com/PCuzlOVpQy – 9:42 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen

LaMelo Ball is out for the remainder of the game with a sprained left ankle, for the Hornets. – 9:41 PM

Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears

Hornets say guard LaMelo Ball left tonight’s game at Houston in the 3Q with a left ankle sprain. He will be out for the remainder of the game. – 9:41 PM

Rod Boone @rodboone

LaMelo is in the locker room after getting stepped on by PJ Washington. Yet another injury for the #hornets. – 9:30 PM

Michael Gallagher @MikeS Gallagher

LaMelo Ball turned his bad ankle again and needs help off the floor. Ugh. – 9:26 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen

LaMelo Ball limps off the floor. He did not see what happened but he is being helped to the locker room. – 9:24 PM

Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane

LaMelo Ball stayed down a while and hobbled back to the Hornets bench, unable to put weight on his left leg – 9:24 PM

Rod Boone @rodboone

Halftime: Rockets 60, #hornets 53
LaMelo 13 pts, 3 ast
Mark Williams 11 pts, 5 rebs, 2 blks
Terry Rozier 10 pts, 2 ast
Largest leads: Hornets 8, Rockets 7
Points in the paint: Rockets 38, Hornets 34 – 9:05 PM

Rod Boone @rodboone

End of first Q: #hornets 36, Rockets 31
LaMelo 11 pts
Terry Rozier 8 pts, 2 ast
Points in the paint: Rockets 20, Hornets 20 – 8:33 PM

Rod Boone @rodboone

LaMelo has 11 of the #hornets 18 points. I’d say he’s off to a good start. – 8:20 PM

More on this storyline

General manager Mitch Kupchak hasn’t pulled the trigger on any huge deals during his tenure in Charlotte and takes a measured approach at the deadline. He’s had opportunities to upgrade the roster in February in each of the past three years, but he didn’t seem thrilled with potentially sabotaging the Hornets ‘long-term future for a quick fix. However, this year could be different given the Hornets are cellar-dwellers and have a couple of players on expiring contracts, like Mason Plumlee and Kelly Oubre, who may be moved to a playoff team. They’re nearing the point where they have to get a good look at the supporting cast around LaMelo Ball to figure out how to push this team forward in 2023-24. -Street Charlotte Observer /January 10, 2023

β€œI woke up this morning and I put on the LaMelo’s and that’s how it happened.” Terry Rozier on his 39 points in the lopsided road W against the Bucks ?? -Street Twitter @ClutchPointsApp /January 7, 2023

Shams Charania: Lakers’ LeBron James and Nets’ Kevin Durant lead the NBA’s first 2022-23 All-Star fan voting returns: pic.twitter.com/ObI4WQjnuH -via Twitter @ShamsCharania /January 5, 2023

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