The Hornets announced Monday that Ball's wrist has healed and he's been cleared to return to individual basketball activities, Tim Bontemps of ESPN.com reports.
Ball underwent surgery on his fractured right wrist on March 23, and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports that Ball could be back in the next 7-10 days. The team will provide updates as he progresses in his individual workouts. If he does make an eventual return, Ball's workload would likely be slowly ramped up considering the nature of the injury.
Ball underwent surgery on his fractured right wrist on Tuesday and will be re-evaluated in four weeks, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
It was reported Sunday that Ball was likely done for the season due to his wrist injury, but it appears he might have a slight chance to return. The team will re-evaluate him in late April, and if, Charlotte remains in the playoff hunt, it's plausible that he could have a chance to return for the playoffs. For the next month while Ball is sidelined, Devonte' Graham will be the primary beneficiary.
Ball is expected to miss the remainder of the season after he was diagnosed Sunday with a fractured bone in his right wrist, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
The rookie sensation departed Saturday's game against the Clippers with a right wrist issue, but it wasn't initially believed to be anything serious, and he was listed as probable for Monday's game at San Antonio. However, further examination revealed the fractured bone, which will likely put an end to one of the better rookie seasons we've seen in recent years. Ball will seek a second opinion, per Wojnarowski, but the expectation is that he'll face a multi-month recovery process. In 41 games, the No. 3 overall pick averaged 15.9 points, 6.1 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 1.6 steals, while achieving his scoring production on impressive 45.1/37.5/78.9 percent shooting splits.
Ball (wrist) is probable for Monday's game against the Spurs.
Ball is dealing with right wrist soreness after leaving Saturday's game against the Clippers, but he should be able to suit up against San Antonio. Ball has averaged 18.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists over 26.6 minutes per contest across the last five games.
Ball exited during the fourth quarter of Saturday's loss to the Clippers with an apparent right wrist injury, Law Murray of The Athletic reports.
The 19-year-old appeared to suffer the injury early on during the contest, and he was seen favoring his wrist throughout the game before eventually heading to the locker room during the fourth quarter. Ball had 13 points (4-12 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 4-7 FT), five rebounds, three steals and two assists in 22 minutes before leaving the court. The specifics of the injury remain unclear, and he should be considered questionable for Monday's game at San Antonio until his status is updated.
Ball logged 26 points (10-18 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-5 FT), seven assists, five rebounds and one steal in Thursday's 116-105 loss to the Lakers.
Ball was rather quiet at Denver on Wednesday but bounced back with a 26-point effort Thursday. However, Ball's performance was not perfect, as he logged a career-high six turnovers. Fortunately for Ball's fantasy owners, he is averaging only 2.9 turnovers and should remain a highly valuable option going forward.
Ball collected 14 points (5-11 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT), two assists, one rebound and one steal in a 129-104 loss to the Nuggets on Wednesday.
With the game being a blowout through three quarters, Ball played only 22 minutes but was able to score in double figures for the third consecutive game. The guard has been fantastic since entering the starting lineup on Feb. 1, averaging 19.5 points, 6.4 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game. Ball is the easy frontrunner for the Rookie of the Year award and should continue to be a strong all-around contributor for fantasy managers.
Ball scored 16 points (7-15 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-3 FT) while adding four rebounds, four assists and one steal in 25 minutes of action during Monday's win over the Kings.
For the first time as a starter, Ball failed to hit from distance despite the solid shooting effort. To that point, Ball has hit greater than 45 percent of his shots in four of five March and better than 60 percent of his triples in three games over that span. He did fail to dish out five assists for the first time since Feb. 22.
Ball notched 23 points (7-11 FG, 6-9 3Pt, 3-3 FT), nine rebounds, six assists, a steal and a block across 31 minutes in Saturday's win over the Raptors.
Ball was coming off a seven-point performance against the Pistons on Mar. 11, but he bounced back admirably here -- he ended just one rebound shy of putting up what would've been his second double-double over his last five appearances. His passing displays have been excellent as well, and Ball is averaging 20.6 points, 8.0 assists, 6.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game during his last five contests.
Ball totaled seven points (3-11 FG, 1-5 3Pt), nine assists, five rebounds and one steal in 29 minutes during Thursday's 105-102 win against the Pistons.
The 19-year-old struggled from the field in his first game back from the All-Star break, but he made up for it in the passing department. Ball continued to start despite the return of Devonte' Graham (knee), and coach James Borrego confirmed that the rookie will remain in the lineup going forward. Before tonight's game, Ball was averaging 20.7 points, 6.7 assists, 6.2 rebounds, 2.9 three-pointers, and 1.9 steals over 15 games as the starter.
Ball will continue to start even when Devonte' Graham (kneecap) returns, Sam Perley of the Hornets' official site reports.
Ball joined the starting lineup at the beginning of February as the Hornets dealt with injuries, most notably missing Graham for 10 of the last 12 games. Thriving as a starter over the past 15 games, Ball has averaged 20.7 points, 6.7 assists, 6.2 rebounds and 1.9 steals in 33.9 minutes. It's possible his workload and usage will take a slight dip once Graham returns, but Ball seems locked in as the team's current and future leader.
Ball totaled 30 points (10-18 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 5-6 FT), eight assists, six rebounds and four steals across 32 minutes in Monday's 123-111 loss to the Trail Blazers.
Ball's big effort wasn't enough to help Charlotte capture a win, but the rookie nonetheless made his mark with one of the best performances of his young career. He notched his second-best scoring effort of the season and converted five three-pointers for only the second time while contributing solid numbers as a rebounder and passer. Ball also tied a career high with four steals and added a blocked shot for good measure. The third overall pick in last year's draft is making a push for the Rookie of the Year award with per-game averages of 15.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.6 steals.
Ball totaled 24 points (7-12 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 9-10 FT), 12 assists and four rebounds across 39 minutes Sunday in the Hornets' 127-126 win over the Kings.
Ball registered his fourth straight game of 20-plus points in the win, but it was his passing that was most impressive, as the rookie finished with a career-high assist total. Since moving into the starting lineup Feb. 1, Ball has averaged 19.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 2.7 three-pointers and 1.8 steals. His seven double-doubles are more than twice the amount of any other NBA rookie this season.
Ball tallied 22 points (7-16 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 5-8 FT), seven rebounds, six assists and a steal in Friday's loss to the Warriors.
Ball has now scored 20-plus points in three consecutive games, his longest such streak this season. The rookie has also drained at least one three-pointer in 13 straight games and has emerged as a strong source of both boards and dimes. Ball experienced his share of rookie bumps and bruises early in the campaign, but he has come around to become a steady performer for both the Hornets and fantasy managers. He has pushed his season per-game averages to 15.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.6 steals.
Ball had 20 points (7-11 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 3-3 FT), eight assists, four rebounds and two steals across 30 minutes in Wednesday's win over the Suns.
Ball finished just two dimes away from recording what would've been his third double-double over his last five appearances, but he still reached the 20-point mark for the third time in that same span. He's looking better and better with each passing game and is firmly entrenched as the Hornets' starting point guard. Ball is averaging 19.5 points, 6.3 assists and 6.3 rebounds per game since moving to the starting five on a regular basis.
Ball registered 21 points (8-20 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 3-3 FT), seven rebounds, four assists and three steals across 38 minutes in Monday's loss against the Jazz.
Ball tied Gordon Hayward (hand) for the team's highest-scoring tally in this loss, and he has looked excellent since moving to the starting lineup. In 10 starts, Ball has scored at least 20 points five times while recording three double-doubles, two with 10-plus rebounds and one with 10-plus assists. He is averaging 19.5 points, 6.5 boards and 6.1 dimes per game in that span.
Ball and the Hornets will not play Wednesday against the Bulls or Friday against the Nuggets after the games were postponed, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Due to four positive COVID-19 tests within the Spurs, who faced off against Charlotte on Sunday, the Hornets will conduct contact tracing while the next two games are postponed. The hope is that they'll be able to resume play Saturday night against Golden State.
Ball logged 17 points (7-20 FG, 3-8 3Pt), 12 rebounds, eight assists, three steals and one block across 39 minutes Sunday in a 122-110 loss to the Spurs.
The Hornets were already without Gordon Hayward (back) on Sunday and lost another key player when Devonte' Graham exited due to a knee injury. Ball had already been handling a sizable role even when the Hornets are at full strength, but he ended up reaching a new career high in minutes thanks in part to the absences. While his shooting took a step back, Ball still racked up his sixth double-double. If Hayward and/or Graham have to sit out games going forward, Ball could shoulder more scoring responsibilities along with Terry Rozier.
Ball went for 20 points (8-15 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds, four assists and three steals over 37 minutes in the Hornets' 120-114 victory over the Timberwolves on Friday.
The Hornets went guard heavy in Friday's game, starting both Devonte' Graham and Terry Rozier along with Ball and the trio combined for 69 of the team's 120 points. In the process, Ball managed to top the 20-point plateau for the fourth time this month. In seven games since taking over as a starter, Ball is averaging 21.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.6 steals per game.
Ball posted 17 points (8-15 FG, 1-4 3Pt), five assists, three steals, two rebounds and a block across 28 minutes in Wednesday's loss against the Grizzlies.
Ball continues to separate himself from the rest of the first-year players with another impressive performance, and he seems to have elevated his game since being promoted to the starting role. Ball is averaging 21.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game in his last six games, all of them as a starter. Devonte' Graham (groin) could return from injury soon, but Ball has played well enough that it's possible coach James Borrego may opt to keep the rookie in the starting five.
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