CHARLOTTE, NC — LaMelo Ball’s first house recreation of the season did not go anyplace close to in addition to he had hoped.
Not solely did the Charlotte Hornets lose 125-113 to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday evening, however Ball reinjured his left ankle when he stepped on a fan’s foot with 1 minute, 34 seconds left in the recreation.
Ball was making an attempt to save lots of a ball from going out of bounds when he stepped on a seated fan’s foot close to the Hornets bench as he tried to brace himself from going into the crowd.
It’s the identical ankle that induced Ball to overlook a portion of the preseason and the first 13 video games of the common season.
Hornets coach Steve Clifford had no instant replace on Ball’s standing, and Ball was not out there to speak to reporters after the recreation.
The Hornets are at Cleveland on Friday evening.
This was Ball’s third recreation again since his preliminary ankle damage in the preseason, however his first at house. It started with him getting a giant introduction from the public deal with announcer and an enormous applause throughout pre-game introductions, however exiting with a grimace on his face as he limped to the locker room.
Ball was stellar when he performed, ending with 26 factors on 10-of-17 taking pictures, together with 5 3-pointers. He additionally had six assists whereas turning the ball over 4 occasions.
“He was nice tonight,” Clifford mentioned.
The Hornets have been hit laborious by accidents this season.
Along with Ball lacking 13 video games, Cody Martin has missed all however one recreation with quad and knee points that finally required surgical procedure, Gordon Hayward has missed the final eight video games with a shoulder damage and Dennis Smith the final three with an ankle sprain. Earlier in the day, the Hornets additionally introduced first-round draft decide Mark Williams suffered an ankle damage whereas enjoying for the G League’s Greensboro Swarm.
Terry Rozier additionally missed seven video games with an ankle damage.
“It’s very robust however now we have to be professionals about it,” mentioned Hornets guard Kelly Oubre Jr. “It’s the recreation of basketball and people issues occur. But people who find themselves suited up and who’re wholesome sufficient to go on the market, now we have to choose up that slack.”
Still, ahead PJ Washington mentioned he is longing for the day the Hornets (4-12) are at full power.
“We all know sooner or later everyone’s going to get again on the market, and we won’t anticipate it,” Washington mentioned. “But proper now the downside is we’re shedding video games, so we have got to determine it out and begin getting some wins.”
Charlotte (4-12) has misplaced 9 of its final 10 video games after beginning the season 3-3 with a win over the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.