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A healthy LaMelo Ball puts Charlotte Hornets on the mend, too
Return from broken wrist is imminent
Published Tuesday, April 20, 2021
by Herbert L. White

Hornets guard LaMelo Ball's broken right wrist is healed, and he's listed as day-to-day.

LaMelo Ball’s season is far from over.

The Charlotte Hornets rookie guard can return to basketball activity after an April 19 examination concluded his broken right wrist is healed. Ball was evaluated by Dr. Michelle Carlson of The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York via CT scan after his cast was removed.

The 28-28 Hornets, who are eighth in the Eastern Conference with 16 games remaining, will update Ball’s status, but he is listed as day-to-day.

Ball, the odds-on favorite for NBA Rookie of the Year, fractured his wrist during the Hornets game against the Los Angeles Clippers on March 20. At the time of his injury, Ball, the No. 3 overall selection in the 2020 draft, was averaging 15.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.59 steals per game.

Ball’s return would be a boost to Charlotte, which struggled with injuries to fellow starters Gordon Hayward, P.J. Washington, Terry Rozier and reserve guards Devonte Graham and Malik Monk in recent weeks. Hayward and Monk are still sidelined as of Tuesday’s game against New York.

Among rookies, Ball is first in assists and steals, second in scoring and tied for second in rebounds. Since his promotion to the starting lineup on Feb. 1, he is averaging 19.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 1.7 steals in his 21 starts while shooting 46.4% from the field and 42.6% from three-point range.

Ball is the only player over the last 60 years to lead all rookies in total points, rebounds, assists and steals at the All-Star break. He earned three consecutive Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month Awards to open the season before the injury.


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