NBA: Hornets’ LaMelo Ball sprains ankle in preseason game | Inquirer Sports

NBA: Hornets’ LaMelo Ball sprains ankle in preseason game

/ 01:15 PM October 11, 2022

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LaMelo Ball #1 of the Charlotte Hornets reacts after he is fouled and injured during the third quarter of the game against the Washington Wizards at Spectrum Center on October 10, 2022 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images/AFP

The Charlotte Hornets said star guard LaMelo Ball suffered a left ankle sprain during the third quarter of Monday night’s preseason loss to the visiting Washington Wizards.

Ball was driving into the paint and stepped on the foot of Washington’s Anthony Gill. He went to the floor in pain and stayed down for several minutes, but he managed to stay in the game to take two free throws before walking off the court under his own power.


The Hornets did not have a further update about Ball, who averaged 20.1 points, 7.6 assists and 6.7 rebounds last season.


Ball’s was one of three notable injuries in the game. Charlotte center Mason Plumlee suffered a left foot sprain.

On the Wizards’ end, forward Kristaps Porzingis went down with 1:03 left in the first half after making a basket in the paint. He was diagnosed with a sprained left ankle as well, but Wizards coach Wes Unseld Jr. described it as “just a quick ankle twist” and “nothing severe” after the game.

The Hornets begin the regular season on October 19 at the San Antonio Spurs. The Wizards open their season the same night at the Indiana Pacers.


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