Hornets’ Ball re-injures ankle after stepping on fan’s foot

Nov 16, 2022, 6:05 AM | Updated: 8:09 pm
Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball reacts after being shaken up on a play during the second half o...

Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball reacts after being shaken up on a play during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)

(AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)

              Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball reacts after making a basket during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)
            
              Indiana Pacers forward Aaron Nesmith (23) guards Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (1) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)
            
              Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball reacts after being shaken up on a play during the second half of the tema's NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)
            
              Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball reacts after being shaken up on a play during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)
            
              Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball brings the ball up during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)
            
              Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (1) drives to the basket while guarded by Indiana Pacers guard Andrew Nembhard (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — LaMelo Ball’s first home game of the season didn’t go anywhere near as well as the All-Star point guard hoped.

Not only did the Charlotte Hornets lose 125-113 to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night, but Ball reinjured his left ankle when he stepped on a fan’s foot with 1:34 left in the game, an injury which likely will keep him out moving forward.

Ball was trying to save a ball from going out of bounds when he stepped on a seated fan’s foot near the Hornets bench as he tried to brace himself from going into the crowd.

It’s the same ankle that caused Ball to miss a portion of the preseason and the first 13 games of the regular season.

Hornets coach Steve Clifford had no immediate update on Ball’s status and Ball was not made available to talk to reporters after the game.

The Hornets are at Cleveland on Friday night.

This was Ball’s third game back since his initial ankle injury in the preseason, but his first at home. It began with him getting a big introduction from the public address announcer and a huge applause during pre-game introductions, but exiting with a grimace on his face and he limped to the locker room.

Ball was stellar when he played, finishing with 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting, including five 3-pointers. He also had six assists while turning the ball over four times.

“He was great tonight,” Clifford said.

The Hornets have been hit hard by injuries this season.

Along with Ball missing 13 games, Cody Martin has missed all but one game with quad and knee issues that eventually required surgery, Gordon Hayward has missed the last eight games with a shoulder injury and Dennis Smith the last three a ankle sprain. Earlier in the day, the Hornets also announced first-round draft pick Mark Williams suffered an ankle injury while playing for the G League’s Greensboro Swarm.

Terry Rozier also missed seven games with an ankle injury.

“It’s very tough but we have to be professionals about it,” said Hornets guard Kelly Oubre Jr. “It’s the game of basketball and those things happen. But people who are suited up and who are healthy enough to go out there, we have to go pick up that slack.”

Still, forward P.J. Washington said he’s eager for the day the Hornets (4-12) are at full strength.

“We all know at some point everybody’s going to get back out there, and we can’t wait for it,” Washington said. “But right now the problem is we’re losing games, so we’ve got to figure it out and start getting some wins.”

Charlotte (4-12) has lost nine of its last 10 games after starting the season 3-3 with a win over the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors.

___

AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/nba and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

Connecticut head coach Dan Hurley celebrates after his team won the Phil Knight invitational champi...
Associated Press

Clingan lifts UConn past Iowa State for Phil Knight title

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Donovan Clingan had 15 points and 10 rebounds to power No. 20 UConn to a 71-53 win over Iowa State in the championship game of the Phil Knight Invitational tournament on Sunday night. Tristen Newton scored 13 points for the Huskies (8-0), who went 20 for 25 at the free-throw line. […]
22 hours ago
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers reacts during the second half of an NFL football game a...
Associated Press

Hurts, Eagles run past Packers 40-33; Rodgers hurt

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jalen Hurts ran for 157 yards to set an Eagles record for a quarterback, and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers suffered an oblique injury in Philadelphia’s 40-33 victory over Green Bay on Sunday night. Hurts also threw for 153 yards and two touchdowns for the NFC-best Eagles, who moved to 10-1 for the […]
22 hours ago
Associated Press

Udeze scores 33, New Mexico beats Northern Colorado 98-74

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Morris Udeze scored 33 points as New Mexico beat Northern Colorado 98-74 on Sunday night. Udeze also contributed 14 rebounds for the Lobos (6-0). Jaelen House added 22 points while shooting 7 for 12 (3 for 6 from 3-point range) and 5 of 5 from the free throw line, and he […]
22 hours ago
Associated Press

Dartmouth takes down UTSA 78-77 in OT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Ryan Cornish had 21 points in Dartmouth’s 78-77 overtime victory against UTSA on Sunday night at the San Antonio Shootout. Cornish added nine rebounds for the Big Green (2-4). Demilade Adelekun added 15 points while shooting 6 of 12 from the field and 3 for 4 from the line, and he […]
22 hours ago
Associated Press

Taylor’s 25 lead Lehigh over Monmouth 80-76

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Evan Taylor’s 25 points helped Lehigh defeat Monmouth 80-76 on Sunday night. Taylor was 8-of-13 shooting, including 5 for 8 from distance, and went 4 for 5 from the line for the Mountain Hawks (4-2). Keith Higgins Jr. scored 14 points while shooting 5 for 11, including 2 for 5 from […]
22 hours ago
Associated Press

Fields’ 21 lead Fairfield past Evansville 63-56

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Caleb Fields’ 21 points helped Fairfield defeat Evansville 63-56 on Sunday night at the Hostilo Hoops Community Classic. Fields shot 5 for 12 (1 for 3 from 3-point range) and 10 of 12 from the free throw line for the Stags (2-5). Allan Jeanne-Rose scored 12 points while going 4 of […]
22 hours ago
Hornets’ Ball re-injures ankle after stepping on fan’s foot