Ball contributed 18 points (7-17 FG, 4-10 3Pt), 10 assists, six rebounds, and one steal in 33 minutes during Thursday's 138-128 overtime win against the Thunder.
Ball has scored in double figures in three straight games while providing consistently well-rounded production in every category except blocks. Ball remains an inefficient shooter, but that doesn't stop him from being aggressive and making an impact on the stat sheet. With LeBron James (groin) out through Monday, Ball will continue to share lead playmaking duties with Brandon Ingram for at least the next two contests.
Ball rode one of his better shooting nights of January to help the Lakers to victory. The second-year guard accumulated 13 of his points in the second half, and his 47.1 percent mark from the field was his second-best figure of the month. Ball has shot just 38.4 percent overall across eight games since the calendar flipped to 2019, but he's nearly equaled that figure in three-point shooting (38.1 percent) over that span.
Ball turned in a trademark line, right down to the sub-par shooting percentage. The second-year guard was rock-solid in non-scoring categories as usual, but 35.7 percent success rate from the field prevented his night from being much better. Ball has now shot under 40.0 percent in three straight games and is draining just 36.2 percent of his attempts over seven January contests, a stretch that includes a scoreless effort across 23 minutes versus the Timberwolves on Jan. 6.
After going scoreless in 23 minutes a night earlier in Minneapolis, Ball was able to bounce back in swift fashion for the second half of the back-to-back set. Ball's erratic shooting means there will likely be some volatility to his scoring from game to game, but his unfettered access to the bulk of the point-guard minutes sets him up well to deliver sound all-around numbers. While LeBron James (groin) and Rajon Rondo (hand) have been sidelined for the last seven games, Ball is averaging 13.3 points, 6.0 assists, 5.6 boards, 2.4 treys and 1.1 steals per contest.
Ball's production has generally been on the rise since LeBron James (groin) and Rajon Rondo (hand) both came out of the Christmas Day game with injuries, but this was an ugly performance for the second-year point guard. His inefficient shooting will likely result in his scoring totals being fairly volatile from game to game, but Ball's length, playmaking skills and clear path to big minutes should at least prop up his output in the other counting-stats categories until the Lakers get James and Rondo back.
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