WATCH: Hornets’ LaMelo Ball Shows Mid-Air Tricks to Fool Miami Heat Defense

Published 05/02/2021, 9:56 PM EDT
Dec 27, 2020; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (2) passes during the second half against the Brooklyn Nets at the Spectrum Center. Hornets won 106-104. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports


Charlotte Hornets are a happy side irrespective of the on-floor results because they finally have LaMelo Ball back in the squad. The rookie can help the Hornets now, more than ever, to stay inside the advantageous zone of the top 8. He proved the same after a 360-degree play against Miami Heat.

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Although the Hornets trailed in both the initial quarters against the Heat, it was LaMelo Ball who shined like none. The 19-YO was part of some sequences that showed the kind of skills he hides in his 6’6” physique. 

LaMelo Ball was all over the place against the Heat

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Even as a rookie, Melo has become an instant crowd favorite for a valid reason. His hands have enough power to throw very deep passes, and his precision is just mind-boggling. On top of that, his creativity and the crafty crossovers make him a headache for the defenders. The youngster used all of that against the Heat and impressed everyone. 

In a play during the first half, LaMelo Ball pierced through Goran Dragic and Duncan Robinson to make a supreme basket. He used mid-air crossover and switched hands like a pro to beat the blocking hands. Take a look –

His way of signaling the success after the shot-making proved that he was conscious about that being one great move. By the first half, the man had 11 points under his name.

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The Hornets are dangerous with Melo on the floor

Fortunately for the Hornets, LaMelo Ball started exactly where he left off. His game against the Pistons came after six weeks of sitting out because of a fractured wrist. But he played like his older self as his underarm full-court pass to Miles Bridges became the highlight of the night.

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Then again, against the Heat, Melo already had 2 steals and a block by halftime. He showcased that he might lack explosiveness, but none of that harms him. He is an assist king and someone with an ability to find players when no one else can. The potential ROY did that again as he sent a cross-court pass to a wide-open Terry Rozier in the last moments of Q2. Take a look –

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The Heat, thanks to the duo of Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler, stayed with a formidable lead after Q3. Still, it was LaMelo who proved that the Hornets will always have a chance.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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