The Hornets also confirmed that his season his over. They expect him to make a "full recovery," but didn't provide a timeline for his return to the court.
Ball fractured his right ankle in Monday's game against the Detroit Pistons. He fell to the court after planting his right leg on a crossover dribble in the third quarter. The injury didn't involve contact with another player.
LaMelo Ball had to leave the game after this play pic.twitter.com/mlxbWUCqUN
— Bally Sports: Hornets (@HornetsOnBally) February 28, 2023
Ball left for the locker room after the injury, and X-rays revealed the fracture that the Hornets announced shortly after the 117-106 win over the Pistons. The injury ends an injury plagued season for the third year star.
An All-Star in his second NBA season, Ball has shown progress on the court when he's been able to play this season. In 35 games before Monday, he averaged a career-high 23.4 points and 8.5 assists alongside 6.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals while shooting 36.7% from 3-point distance.
The Hornets have regressed this season after a 43-39 campaign in 2021-22 thanks in part to Ball's injuries and the continued absence Miles Bridges after a felony domestic violence charge. They improved to 20-43 with Monday's win, good for 14th place out of 15 teams in the Eastern Conference, ahead of only the 15-47 Pistons.