Hornets rookie LaMelo Ball missed pretty significant time recently after having surgery on his wrist. However, after there were thoughts he could miss the remainder of the season, he recovered quickly and was back in the action on Saturday.
In his first game back on the court, Ball nearly notched a triple-double in an extremely impressive outing. In just 28 minutes, he produced 11 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. He would go on to play again the very next night, putting up 14 points, six rebounds and five assists. Ball playing in both games of a back-to-back is promising when it comes to the status of his wrist.
After Ball’s first game back, head coach James Borrego spoke to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin and the rest of the media describing just how special Ball is.
“You never know how someone is going to respond off that [much] time off. If there is a guy that can maybe come back and not miss a beat, it’s Melo. He just has that instinct, that feel. That didn’t quite surprise me.”
The Hornets are battling for playoff positioning down the final stretch of the season. Currently sitting as the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference with a record of 31-33, LaMelo Ball’s return to the court couldn’t have come at a better time.