The star point guard exited Wednesday's game against the Indiana Pacers after rolling his ankle on the foot of a courtside fan late in the fourth quarter. Ball did not return to the game, a 125-113 loss for the Hornets.
Ball, who finished the game with 26 points, six assists and four turnovers, was in clear pain as soon as his foot landed:
LaMelo Ball just rolled his left ankle stepping on the foot of a fan sitting courtside. pic.twitter.com/QdeXDrZNdw
— Bally Sports: Hornets (@HornetsOnBally) November 17, 2022
After the game, Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said the team wouldn't know Ball's full diagnosis until further testing on Thursday, via the Charlotte Observer:
“Hopefully it’s not bad,” coach Steve Clifford said. “I’m sure we won’t really know anything until (Thursday).”
A left ankle injury for Ball is the absolute last thing the Hornets want to see, especially given that he only made his season debut on Saturday due to a Grade 2 ankle sprain on the same leg. Ball sustained the injury during preseason and ended up missing the Hornets' first 13 games.
The Hornets currently sit at 4-12, and were 3-10 before Ball made his debut. It's an iffy roster outside of their All-Star point guard, and any hopes of sneaking into the playoffs are going to depend on him not missing many more games.