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LaMelo Ball out Friday vs. Cavaliers with ankle injury

Ball injured his ankle in Wednesday’s game against the Pacers.

Charlotte Hornets v Orlando Magic
LaMelo Ball of the Charlotte Hornets controls the ball in the first half against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center on November 14, 2022 in Orlando, Florida.
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Thursday update: Ball has already been ruled out for Friday’s game against the Cavaliers.

Charlotte Hornets point guard LaMelo Ball went to the locker room late Wednesday against the Indiana Pacers with an ankle injury. Ball appeared to step on a courtside fan’s shoe and limped to the locker room. It did not look good.

This is really tough for the Hornets and Ball, especially if this injury is a serious one. Ball just returned from an ankle sprain he suffered in preseason play. This was his third game back and he was having a fantastic effort with 26 points. The Hornets went on to lose this game 125-113 but they will be hoping Ball avoided a serious setback.

Charlotte is thin in the backcourt and every key rotation player has been sidelined at some point in this season. Terry Rozier was the second to suffer a setback after Ball’s preseason injury. Dennis Smith Jr., who emerged as a replacement for Ball, is currently dealing with an ankle issue of his own. James Bouknight has been dealing with off-court issues. We’ll get an update after the game on Ball.