Ball (hip) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Clippers, Scott Kushner of The New Orleans Advocate reports.
As expected, Ball will miss a third straight game as he continues to work his way back from a strained right adductor. The hope is that he'll be able to rejoin the lineup in Miami on Saturday, though the Pelicans will wait and see how Ball progresses the next two days before making a determination regarding his availability. In his absence, Jrue Holiday should continue to serve as the team's primary ball handler, with J.J. Redick seeing extended time at shooting guard.
Ball (hip) hasn't been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Clippers, but the Pelicans are likely eyeing Saturday's game in Miami for the point guard's return to the lineup, Andrew Lopez of ESPN.com reports.
Ball was sidelined for Monday's 122-116 loss to the Rockets due to the strained right adductor, marking his second consecutive absence. The Pelicans will see how Ball progresses the next three days before ruling on his status for Thursday, but the early indication is that Jrue Holiday will be in store for one more game as New Orleans' primary point guard. With Holiday sliding over from shooting guard the past two games, J.J. Redick has moved back into the starting five and has racked up 46 points between the contests.
Ball (hip) will not play Monday against the Rockets.
Ball is still nursing a strained right adductor, which kept him out of Saturday's narrow victory over the Hornets. Expect Jrue Holiday to again shift down to point guard in Ball's absence.
Ball will not play in Saturday's matchup with the Hornets due to a right adductor strain.
Ball was considered probable going into Friday's game due to a leg injury but ultimately played. It appears he may have tweaked something in his hip while playing through the issue. The Pelicans will err on the side of caution here and keep him sidelined Saturday, while his absence should free up playing time for Frank Jackson and Nickeil Alexander-Walker. The UCLA product's next chance to suit up will be Monday versus the Rockets.
Ball (leg) will play Friday against the Raptors.
Ball missed a pair of practices due to cramps, but the issue won't prevent him from playing Friday. It's still possible that his minutes are slightly reduced, however.
Coach Alvin Gentry said he would be surprised if Ball (leg) didn't play Friday, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.
Ball has missed the past two practices while dealing with cramps, though he was able to get some shots up during Thursday's session. His status should clear up closer to game time, but it doesn't sound like the issue will affect Ball's availability.
Ball (leg) got shots up during Thursday's practice, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Ball was withheld from Wednesday's practice as he dealt with cramps. His participation in Thursday's practice is encouraging, and he should be tentatively considered questionable for Friday's matchup against the Raptors.
Coach Alvin Gentry said Ball (cramps) didn't practice Wednesday, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Gentry downplayed Ball's absence, stating it was simply precautionary after the point guard experienced cramping in his legs during Monday's loss to the Nets. It doesn't sound like the issue will keep Ball from taking the court Friday against Toronto, but look for his status to clear up closer to game time.
Ball exited in the third quarter of Monday's 135-125 loss to the Nets and didn't return after experiencing cramping in his legs. "I think [Ball] is fine," coach Alvin Gentry said after the game. "It was just cramps right there. I thought Zo really played well."
Before departing, Ball contributed 15 points (6-10 FG, 3-7 3Pt), three assists and two rebounds in 21 minutes. With the Pelicans off the schedule until Friday against the Raptors, Ball should have plenty of time to shake off the cramp issue.
Ball totaled 10 points (4-11 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 0-2 FT), eight rebounds, seven assists, and three steals in 33 minutes during Saturday's 115-104 loss to the Thunder.
Ball struggled from the field and finished with almost as many turnovers (five) as dimes while missing both of his free throw attempts. Nevertheless, Ball contributed across every category except blocks and has now seen at least 31 minutes in five straight games, this after logging just 25 minutes in the opener (which went to overtime).
Ball finished with nine points (4-7 FG, 1-2 3PT), eight assists, three rebounds, a block and a steal in New Orleans' 122-107 win against Denver on Thursday.
Ball battled a bout of shoulder soreness during the second quarter attempting to guard Jamal Murray but was able to return and finished the game with a respectable stat line. Ball's health could continue to be an issue moving forward, but the 21-year-old has delivered for the Pelicans when given a chance, averaging 12.4 points per game and 7.4 assists per game in his first five games.
Ball had 18 points (6-13 FG, 4-9 3PT, 2-2 FT), 10 assists, three steals and two rebounds during New Orleans' 123-126 loss against Houston on Saturday.
Ball has struggled with his efficiency from the field, but has done a good job to take care of the ball and has assumed the role as New Orleans' main playmaking threat due to the absences of both Zion Williamson and Jrue Holiday. He will aim to continue his strong start to the season next Monday against the Warriors.
Ball had 15 points (6-16 FG, 3-12 3PT, 0-2 FT), eight rebounds, five assists and two steals during the Pelicans' 116-123 loss against the Mavericks on Friday.
Ball did a good job to fill the stat sheet for the second consecutive match, but he has struggled massively from the floor thus far -- he is hitting just 34.8 percent of his shots and 33.3 percent from three after two games. It's a small-sample size, but Ball must do a better job scoring -- especially on Zion Williamson's absence -- going forward. The Pelicans will visit the Rockets on Saturday.
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.
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