LaMelo Ball Injury Update: What is the Hornets Star Suffering From and How Long is he Out?

Published 03/22/2021, 12:45 AM EDT
Mar 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (2) is defended by Los Angeles Clippers guard Reggie Jackson (1) as he drives to the basket in the first quarter of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


The Charlotte Hornets are one of the most entertaining teams in the league, and LaMelo Ball is one to thank for. The rookie has defied all odds and has exceeded expectations greatly. The 15-year-old boy, whose half-court shot went viral, had people knowing him before he even entered the NBA.

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While most critics believed that Ball had only shown promise as an elite passer and will not be an asset on the defensive end and as a shooter, LaMelo has done nothing but prove them wrong. In fact, he deserves a lot of the credit for the Charlotte Hornets’ success this season. After four years, it looks like they have a shot at making the cut for the playoffs. The Hornets are eighth in the East with a 20-21 record.

However, Ball’s injury could result in the Hornets’ downfall and going another year without qualifying for the postseason. But what happened to Melo? And when is he expected to return?

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LaMelo Ball endures fractured wrist

The Charlotte Hornets‘ matchup against the LA Clippers was worse than anticipated. Not only did they lose the game 125-98 but also ended up leaving the game with their star rookie injured.

In the second quarter against the Clippers, Melo suffered a hard landing after being fouled. However, he did make his return in the second half with his wrist taped up. But an obvious discomfort had him pulled out by the fourth quarter.

Later, it was announced that Melo had a fractured wrist. This might have him missing the rest of the season, indefinitely. He is seeking a second opinion to confirm the diagnosis.

Impact on the Charlotte Hornets

This could cost the Hornets gravely and also affect Melo’s shot at bringing home Rookie of the Year, for which he is the most promising candidate by far. After being drafted third overall in the NBA Draft, Melo has fit well alongside veteran Gordon Hayward and Terry Rozier. The trio has helped Charlotte challenge for a spot in the playoffs, but Melo’s absence could take a bad turn for them.

Mar 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (2) defends against Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (13) as he takes the ball down court in the second half of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Although they are in playoff reckoning right now, a considerable amount of the season is still left and a lot could change. With no exact date of return, the Hornets should be worried. Will the Hornets miss another postseason because of this?

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Read also- ‘Different Breed’ – Dell Curry Has High Praise For Hornets’ LaMelo Ball

 

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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