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LaMelo Ball will play Friday vs. Trail Blazers

Hornets PG has been out in COVID-19 protocols but has a shot to return to the lineup to end the week.

Jrue Holiday #21 of the Milwaukee Bucks strips the ball from LaMelo Ball #2 of the Charlotte Hornets during a game at Fiserv Forum on December 01, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Update — Ball will play Friday against Portland.

Update — Ball has been upgraded to probable on the injury report for Friday night vs. the Trail Blazers. He had been listed as questionable after missing games in health and safety protocols. With Ball expected to be back, this will impact the lines for Hornets-Blazers. Be sure to check and make sure Ball is confirmed playing.

Charlotte Hornets PG LaMelo Ball is close to a return and is listed as questionable to play in Friday night’s game vs. the Portland Trail Blazers. Ball has been sidelined after being placed in the NBA’s health and safety protocols. He had been clear of protocols earlier in the week but wasn’t able to return to the lineup.

The Hornets are almost at full strength after missing a few regulars due to COVID protocols. Ball was joined by G Terry Rozier, Jalen McDaniels and Mason Plumlee in protocols a few weeks back and all three are back in the lineup other than Ball. He’s the last one left. So if he’s back in the lineup, we can expect the same run-and-gun Hornets.

With Ball potentially back in the lineup, we can expect him to take over at PG and soak up usage. It isn’t really a negative for most of the roster in terms of fantasy basketball. Ball being back is a plus for most of the players on offense, including Miles Bridges.