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LaMelo Ball fractures ankle, likely out for remainder of season

Detroit Pistons v Charlotte Hornets

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - FEBRUARY 27: LaMelo Ball #1 of the Charlotte Hornets holds his ankle after an apparent injury during the second half of a basketball game against the Detroit Pistons at Spectrum Center on February 27, 2023 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by David Jensen/Getty Images)

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A season that has been a disappointment in Charlotte just got worse.

LaMelo Ball fractured his ankle during the third quarter against the Pistons Monday on a non-contact play.

Ball left the game after that, and the team announced the injury at the end of the game.

There are no details on what kind of ankle fracture this is, but LaMelo is undoubtedly done for the season. Considering the Hornets have the fourth worst record in the NBA this is not a short-term issue for them — if they remain fourth worst they have a 24.7% chance of landing a top-two pick.

The hope for the Hornets is that this will not linger over the offseason and into next training camp and season. If the injury is what Jeff Stotts of In Street Clothes suggests, it may not be that serious.

Ball has missed considerable time this season (26 games, primarily due to ankle issues) and is averaging 23.4 points per game, with 8.5 assists and 6.4 boards while shooting 36.7% from 3.