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LaMelo Ball had to leave Sunday’s game ahead of schedule because of a strained right ankle. The injury occurred during the first half when he collided with Paolo Banchero from the Orlando Magic. Following an awkward landing, Ball remained on the floor for a while before needing assistance to reach the locker room.

It’s worth noting that in the previous season, Ball was absent from the Hornets’ last 19 games because of a fractured right ankle. Additionally, he had experienced multiple instances of spraining his left ankle throughout the same season.