Ball had eight points (2-7 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, and five assists in 25 minutes during Tuesday's 130-122 overtime loss to the Raptors.
Ball got off to a good start but sputtered in the second half. Part of that had to do with coach Alvin Gentry trusting his reserves to log a decent load of minutes down the stretch, but the dip in Ball's level of play may have had something to do with that decision as well. Judging by the preseason and the first half of the season opener, Ball still has the upside to be among the league leaders in assists while contributing across multiple categories. With that being said, the Pelicans have a deep roster of young talented players that have the potential to chip away at Ball's minutes.
Ball put up 15 points (4-10 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 5-5 FT), five rebounds, two assists, a steal and a blocked shot across 24 minutes in Friday's 128-127 win over the Jazz.
With his ankle injury behind him, one can definitely say that Ball's play has shown an overall improvement over his first two seasons as a pro. He seems to be comfortable with assuming the role of floor-general, and his shooting skills look much more refined. He'll need to keep performing well to cement a position in the starting rotation, however. With rookie Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Frank Jackson looking great off the bench, Ball will have to get by on more than just his excellent pedigree to secure a starting spot.
Ball posted nine points (3-10 FG, 3-8 3Pt), seven assists, five rebounds and one block across 25 minutes during the Pelicans' 133-109 preseason win over the Hawks on Monday.
Ball logged his first game action since Jan. 19 and generated what could be considered a trademark stat line for him. The 2017 second overall pick combined solid work as a facilitator and on the boards with an inefficient shooting performance, which accurately describes many of his performances over his first pair of pro seasons. Ball did show some improvement as a shooter in his sophomore campaign (40.6 percent field-goal percentage, compared to 36.0 percent in his rookie season), but his most consistent value in both a real-world and fantasy sense might once again come from his production in rebounds, assists and steals.
Ball (ankle) has been a full participant in the Pelicans' voluntary offseason workout program, Andrew Lopez of ESPN.com reports.
Ball sprained his left ankle Jan. 19 and missed the Lakers' final 35 games as a result of the injury before being traded to the Pelicans in the July. Now healthy and out of the spotlight in Los Angeles, Ball will get the change to jump start his career as the starting point guard for an up-and-coming New Orleans squad that also includes No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson and veteran combo guard Jrue Holiday.
Ball (ankle) has resumed workouts in preparation for the 2019-20 season.
The No. 2 overall pick in 2017 has been hampered by ankle injuries in each of his first two years in the league -- the most recent of which kept him out for the final three months of last season. While Ball, whose last game came against Houston on Jan. 19, endured a lengthy recovery process, he was back on the floor earlier this week going through shooting and ball-handling drills at what looked to be full speed. The 21-year-old should be at 100 percent health by the time training camp rolls around, and he'll look to secure a spot in the new-look Pelicans' starting five.
Ball (ankle) -- along with Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and three first-round picks, including the No. 4 overall in 2019 Draft -- has been traded to the Pelicans in exchange for Anthony Davis, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
After spending his first two seasons in Los Angeles, Ball has been dealt to the Pelicans along with most of his young teammates. Though Ball's first two years have been underwhelming, a change of scenery could prove beneficial. Assuming the ankle injury that sidelined him for a large portion of 2018-19 proves to be a non-issue, Ball is the favorite to open the upcoming season as New Orleans' starting point guard, with Jrue Holiday occupying the other backcourt spot for the top unit.
Ball's ankle is "showing good progress," and the point guard expects to be back on the court in a couple of weeks, Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com reports.
Ball was shut down in early March, though his final game of the season was Jan. 19 against the Rockets. Things seem to be going well in his recovery, and the anticipation is that he'll have essentially a full offseason to work on his game.
Ball (ankle) will be shut down for the remainder of the season, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Ball and the team agreed on this course of action after Ball had his ankle re-evaluated Saturday. The focus now will be to get the point guard healthy for the offseason, as it would give him his first opportunity to have a full summer to work on his game as a pro. Overall, Ball has played just 99 games through two seasons, as a knee injury limited him last year. He'll end the 2018-19 campaign with lower box score stats across the board, but Ball did manage to increase both his field-goal and three-point percentages.
Ball (ankle) may not return this season, Bill Oram of The Athletic reports.
Coach Luke Walton indicated that Ball is "not close" to returning to practice, and that the team would prefer the point guard practice for a week before participating in games. As a result, the goal may shift to getting Ball healthy so he can have a complete offseason to work on his game. We may learn more about Ball's situation for this season in the near future.
Ball (ankle) was spotted getting up shots during Tuesday's practice, but he wasn't jumping, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.com reports.
While it's positive news that Ball is progressing, it remains to be seen when he'll be able to get back into game action. He's set to be re-evaluated within the next few days, at which point a timetable could become more clear.
Ball (ankle) will need at least one more week of rehab, Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register reports.
Ball was evaluated Thursday, and it was determined that he'll require one more week of rehabilitation. His absence will likely extend longer than a week, however, as he'll have to get some work in during practice before he can return to action. The Lakers are expected to update his status in a week when he's evaluated yet again.
Ball (ankle) will be re-evaluated by the Lakers' medical staff on Thursday, Dave McMenamin of ESPN reports.
Ball is still in a holding pattern as he works back from a Grade 3 ankle sprain, but it looks as though we should get a much more definitive timetable after Thursday's evaluation. Ball hasn't played since Jan. 19, and as of Wednesday there's been little reason to believe his return is imminent.
Ball's (ankle) recovery could extend beyond his original 4-to-6 week timeline, Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Ball is apparently dealing with a bone bruise on top of his Grade 3 left ankle sprain, which the Lakers believe could push back his scheduled return date. The second-year point guard has already surpassed the shorter end of his return timetable -- he suffered the injury Jan. 19 -- and given his limited progress up until this point, it wouldn't be surprising to see him sidelined beyond six weeks. In the meantime, Brandon Ingram and Rajon Rondo should continue to split the majority of minutes at point guard in Ball's absence.
Ball has resumed running on an anti-gravity treadmill but has yet to progress to any on-court work since spraining his left ankle Jan. 19 in Houston, Bill Oram of The Athletic reports.
At the time he suffered the injury, Ball was projected to require 4-to-6 weeks to recover. The short end of that timetable has now arrived, but Ball's limited progress to date suggests six weeks -- if not longer -- may now be a more realistic target date for the point guard's return. Expect the team to provide another update on Ball's condition when the Lakers reconvene after the All-Star break. Rajon Rondo had assumed most of the responsibilities of initiating the offense when Ball was first sidelined, but the veteran has since slipped to a lower-minute backup role over the past two games while Brandon Ingram has stepped in as the new starting point guard.
Ball (ankle) has been diagnosed with a Grade 3 left ankle sprain and is expected to remain out for 4-to-6 weeks, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reports.
Ball suffered the ankle injury during Saturday's contest, and although X-rays came back negative, he'll be sidelined for at least the next month. Updates on his status will be provided as he makes progress in his recovery. With Ball on the shelf, expect Josh Hart and Rajon Rondo (who is doubtful for Monday) to take over at point guard.
Ball did not suffer a left ankle fracture as his X-rays came back negative Saturday, Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Ball sustained the left ankle injury during the third quarter of Saturday's game against the Rockets and had to be carried to the locker room by teammates. The Lakers are calling the injury a left ankle sprain for the time being, but an MRI is likely on tap in the near future. The Lakers are set to host the Warriors on Monday but Ball is unlikely to be available with such a short turnaround.
Ball was diagnosed with a sprained left ankle but is headed to a local hospital for X-rays, Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site reports.
Heading to a local hospital is usually cause for concern, but in this case it's standard procedure as the X-ray machine at the arena isn't functioning properly. Ball suffered the injury in the third quarter of Saturday's game at Houston and had to be carried to the locker room by a pair of teammates.
Ball was carried to the locker room after suffering what appeared to be a left ankle injury during Saturday's game against the Rockets, Bill Oram of The Athletic reports.
Ball appeared to be in significant pain as was unable to put any weight on his left leg. The specifics and severity of the injury remain unclear but the Lakers' starting point guard seems unlikely to return to Saturday's game at Houston.
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 generated 19 points (8-17 FG, 3-7 3Pt), eight rebounds, six assists and two steals across 38 minutes in the Lakers' 107-100 win over the Bulls on Tuesday.
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.
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