LaMelo Ball missed an opportunity on Wednesday for 2 straightforward factors — and maybe a highlight-reel dunk — when he failed to attach on his personal alley-oop.
All 5 Orlando Magic gamers crashed the paint for an offensive rebound try with 4 minutes left within the second quarter in opposition to Ball’s Charlotte Hornets, resulting in an outlet move that reached Mason Plumlee close to midcourt and finally Ball on their own on the Orlando 3-point line.
Ball, averaging 19.6 factors per sport by way of Charlotte’s first 20 video games this season, bounced the ball as soon as excessive along with his proper hand, jumped and spun as he neared the rim — however couldn’t end the dunk and as a substitute bounced the ball off the again of the rim.
Moments later, he was known as for a reach-in foul after he swiped on the Magic’s Mo Bamba, who’d grabbed the rebound. He was then subbed out for Terry Rozier and didn’t play for the remainder of the half.
“Clearly that play, we’ll speak about it,” Charlotte coach James Borrego mentioned. “He is aware of it, he owns it and we’ll transfer ahead. … Simply one other development alternative for him.”
Ball, who the Hornets chosen No. 3 general within the 2020 draft, has additionally averaged 7.8 rebounds and seven.5 assists — all enhancements from his rookie season — whereas bumping his minutes per sport from 28.8 to 32.9. On the time of his dunk try in opposition to the Magic, the Hornets led 43-41 and held onto it as the sport progressed, profitable 106-99 and stopping Orlando from profitable simply its sixth sport this season. Ball completed with 22 factors, 4 rebounds and 4 assists on 7-of-17 taking pictures.
Charlotte has gained seven of its final eight video games to maneuver into second place within the Southeast Division, because it sits tied with Washington and trails Miami by a half-game. The Hornets will host the Timberwolves on Friday within the first of two conferences between the 2 groups this season.