Ball (thumb) is out for Sunday's finale against the Lakers.
Ball will sit out a third straight game with a strained right thumb to end the year. He concludes his second season in New Orleans with averages of 14.6 points, 5.7 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 31.8 minutes. The expectation is for Ball to have a variety of suitors in the offseason as a restricted free agent.
Ball (thumb) will not play Friday against Golden State, Andrew Lopez of ESPN.com reports.
Ball will miss his second game in a row due to a right thumb strain. With just one game remaining after Friday, the 23-year-old guard could be done for the year.
Ball has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Mavericks due to a right thumb strain.
Ball had been quite productive recently, as he averaged 19.2 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.3 assists in 35.0 minutes per game across his last six appearances. Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Kira Lewis could see increased run Wednesday.
Ball collected 12 points (5-7 FG, 2-2 3Pt), eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal in a 115-110 loss to the Grizzlies on Monday.
Ball was much more efficient with his scoring chances and continued his stretch of consistent all-around stat lines. The guard had shot just 31.2 percent from the field in the two games prior to Monday's contest, so it was good to see him knock down some shots. Ball has averaged an impressive 17.9 points, 7.5 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 2.0 steals across his last 10 games.
Ball recorded 18 points (6-18 FG, 4-13 3Pt, 2-4 FT), seven rebounds, three assists and two steals over 34 minutes Friday in the 109-107 loss to the 76ers.
Ball has been up-and-down over his last four games, scoring 33 points, seven, 33 and 18, respectively. Where Ball's consistency has hurt him has been the turnovers, as he's committed 17 of them. He has made his presence felt on the glass, grabbing at least six rebounds in seven straight contests. Up next for the Pelicans is a trip to Charlotte to take on the Hornets on Sunday.
Ball registered 33 points (11-23 FG, 7-13 3Pt, 4-4 FT), six rebounds, four assists and a steal across 34 minutes in Tuesday's win over the Warriors.
Ball has had a few ups and downs of late but has scored 33 points in two of his last three appearances, and he's cleared the 15-point plateau -- while also contributing heavily in the assists and rebounds categories -- in five of his last seven games. He's averaging 15.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 2.0 steals per game in 11 appearances since returning from injury.
Ball (thumb) will be available Tuesday against the Warriors, Andrew Lopez of ESPN reports.
Ball picked up a sprained thumb during Monday's blowout loss, but, after testing it in warmups, he's been given the green light to play on the second half of the back-to-back. Ball had one this worst shooting nights of the season Monday, hitting just 1-of-9 three-point attempts and going 3-of-18 from the field overall.
Ball is listed as questionable for Tuesday's rematch against the Warriors due to a sprained right thumb.
Ball picked up a sprained thumb during Monday's blowout loss to the Warriors, which may partially explain why he went just 3-of-18 from the field en route to seven points in 38 minutes. There's hope that Ball can play through the injury on the second half of the back-to-back set, but the Pelicans likely won't make a final call until close to game-time.
Ball registered seven points (3-18 FG, 1-9 3Pt), eight assists, seven rebounds and two steals in 37 minutes during Monday's 123-108 loss to the Warriors.
The 23-year-old followed up Saturday's incredible 33-point performance with a disappointing seven points on 18 shots. Ball's scoring has been a roller coaster lately, as he's posted six, 24, 18, 16, six, 33, and seven points over his last seven games, respectively. The fourth-year guard will look to bounce back in Tuesday night's rematch against Golden State.
Ball had 33 points (10-21 FG, 8-17 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 11 rebounds, eight assists and three steals in Saturday's overtime win over the Timberwolves.
The extra five minutes helped, but it was still one of the best games of Ball's NBA career. He tied his season and career high with eight made threes and notched his first-ever 30-point game. For good measure, Ball tacked on 11 rebounds -- his second most in any game this season -- to go with his eight assists. Over the last five games, Ball has racked up 14 total steals.
Ball recorded 16 points (6-14 FG, 4-9 3Pt), 12 rebounds, 12 assists, four steals and two blocks across 36 minutes in Wednesday's loss against the Nuggets.
Ball led the Pelicans in every single major statistical category except points en route to his first triple-double of the season. The 2017 first-round pick has scored at least 15 points in four of his last five games and has dished out at least seven dimes three times during that stretch, so he's undoubtedly trending in the right direction after missing 11 of 14 games between March 21 and April 14 due to injuries.
Ball had 18 points (7-14 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 1-2 FT), nine rebounds, seven assists and two steals across 38 minutes in Monday's win over the Clippers.
Ball was one of four New Orleans starters that surpassed the 15-point mark, but the point guard also paced the team in assists while finishing second in rebounds, so he delivered a complete effort across the board. Ball has now scored at least 15 points in three of his last four games while also finding ways to contribute steadily on the box score on a nightly basis. He's averaging 15.8 points, 6.5 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game during that four-game stretch.
Ball had 24 points (9-16 FG, 6-10 3Pt), four assists, two rebounds and two steals across 34 minutes in Saturday's loss against the Spurs.
Ball had scored six or fewer points in three of his first four appearances since returning from a four-game absence, but he broke out in a big way here and posted his first 20-point game since April 4, when he had 27 points against the Rockets. Plus, the six threes made are tied for his third-best mark of the season in that particular category.
Ball registered six points (2-8 FG, 2-5 3Pt), 12 assists, four rebounds and one block in 24 minutes during Thursday's 135-100 win over the Magic.
The 23-year-old's 12 assists were the most he's doled out since March 16. Ball's fantasy production has been mediocre since his return from a four-game absence due to left hip soreness, averaging just 7.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists, but he should be better moving forward now that he is no longer on a minutes restriction. The fourth-year guard will look to build on Thursday's impressive 12-assist performance Saturday at home against the Spurs.
Ball said at Tuesday's shootaround that Tuesday's game against Brooklyn is his last game on a minutes limit.
Ball has struggled in his last two games since returning from a hip injury, shooting 4-of-19 from the field across a total of 47 minutes. "It's been tough. Coming in and out (of the game) is not what I like, but tonight is the last night on [a minute restriction]," he said. "Then I'm pretty much free after that." Ball wasn't overly limited in Sunday's loss to New York, as he played 27 minutes, but it's a bit below his season average of 31.3 minutes per contest.
Ball had just five points (2-9 FG, 1-5 3Pt), seven rebounds, three assists and two steals in Sunday's overtime loss to the Knicks.
Playing in his second straight game following a four-game absence, Ball remained on a soft minutes limit (27 minutes) and was unable to get anything going offensively. Over the last two games, Ball is now a combined 4-of-19 from the field and 1-of-12 from beyond the arc.
Ball (hip) posted four points (2-10 FG, 0-7 3Pt), three assists, two rebounds, one steal and two blocks in Friday's overtime loss to the Wizards.
Making his return after a four-game absence, Ball was playing under a restriction and was held to 20 minutes as the starting point guard. Ball struggled mightily from the field, misfiring on all seven of his three-point attempts and finishing as a game-worst minus-17 in the 117-115 loss.
Ball (hip) will be on an unspecified minutes limit for Friday's game against the Wizards, and he will start, Jim Eichenhofer of the Pelicans' official site reports.
Ball will be back in action after a four-game absence, but his workload will be limited. His return will likely mean fewer minutes for Eric Bledsoe and/or Kira Lewis.
Ball (hip) said he'll play Friday against the Wizards, Andrew Lopez of ESPN.com reports.
The 23-year-old was considered probable for Friday after missing the past four games with a hip injury, but he confirmed his availability at the morning shootaround. Ball should rejoin the starting five but could face some limitations since he's appeared in only three games since March 18.
Ball (hip) is listed as probable for Friday's game against the Wizards.
Ball looks like he will likely return from a four-game absence in Friday's game. In his last three games prior to the hip injury, Ball had been averaging 18.0 points on 40.9 percent shooting, 7.7 assists, 4.3 rebounds, 4.3 triples and 2.3 steals per game.
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|05/14||@ GS||L 122-125||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/12||@ DAL||L 107-125||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/10||@ MEM||L 110-115||34||12||8||3||1||1||2|
|05/09||@ CHA||W 112-110||30||12||3||6||2||0||0|
|05/07||@ PHI||L 107-109||34||18||7||3||5||2||0|
|05/04||vs GS||W 108-103||34||33||6||4||3||1||0|
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