The New Orleans Pelicans will be entering their matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday shorthanded. According to a report, starting point guard Lonzo Ball is set to miss the Clippers game due to a knee injury.
This report comes via Will Guillory of The Athletic:
Pelicans injury report for tomorrow:
JJ Redick is probable with right hamstring tightness
Eric Bledsoe is questionable with right eye irritation
Lonzo Ball is OUT with bilateral knee tendinopathy
— Will Guillory (@WillGuillory) January 13, 2021
Ball is being listed as out due to bilateral knee tendinopathy, which in layman’s terms is a “jumper’s knee.” It does not appear to be a serious injury, and the 23-year-old is being listed as day-to-day. Depending on how his knee progresses in the coming days, Ball could be available for New Orleans’ next matchup on Friday. Ball will want to be active for that one, as the Pelicans face off his former team, the Los Angeles Lakers in the Staples Center.
Ball will miss his first game of the season on Wednesday. In nine games played for the Pelicans thus far, the 6-foot-6 point guard has been putting up averages of 12.4 points (career-high), 4.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.1 steals, while also connecting on 2.2 triples per game. Ball is still leaving a lot to be desired in terms of his efficiency from the floor, though, with the former second overall pick shooting 39.4 overall and just 30.8 percent from distance.
Nevertheless, Ball appears to be in the midst of a breakout year with the Pels. The departure of Jrue Holiday over the offseason has benefited Ball significantly, with head coach Stan Van Gundy providing Ball with much more playmaking duties this term.