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Hornets PG LaMelo Ball Fractures Ankle, Out For Season

LaMelo Ball has been the Charlotte Hornets best player this year. However, his season may be cut short after suffering an ankle injury.

NBA: Detroit Pistons at Charlotte Hornets Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a rough season for the Charlotte Hornets, and it took an even darker turn on Monday night against the Detroit Pistons.

According to the team, Ball fractured his right ankle in the Hornets’ 117-106 win over the Pistons.

Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball suffered a fracture in his right ankle in tonight’s home game vs. Detroit. Ball left the game in the third quarter and an x-ray taken at the arena revealed the fracture. Ball will be listed as out for the Hornets’ next game vs. Phoenix on March 1 and updates regarding his status will be provided as appropriate.

The win marked Charlotte’s fifth straight, a season-best, but the victory came at a massive cost.

Ball scored 18 points in 21 minutes of action tonight and appeared to be destined for more had he stayed in the game.

On Tuesday morning, it was announced that Ball would miss the rest of the season for the Hornets. He finishes his season averaging 23.3 points, 8.4 assists and 6.4 rebounds per game.

The Portland Trail Blazers have already played the Hornets twice this season, completing the two-game sweep, but several teams with Charlotte on its schedule in the coming weeks may be breathing a sigh of relief.