Charlotte Hornets point guard Lamelo Ball had only played in three games for the team this season before reaggravating a previous ankle injury when he tripped over a fan sitting courtside versus the Indiana Pacers.

During that three-game stretch, Ball averaged 19.3 points per game on 41.5 percent shooting from the field and 7.0 assists. Before rolling his ankle that game, Ball was also having his best game of the season thus far. He scored 26 points shooting 10-17 from the field, dished out six assists, and recorded two steals.

After missing 11 games with a left ankle sprain, Charlotte’s LaMelo Ball — upgraded to questionable vs. Detroit tonight — is “hopeful” to make his return to the lineup, source tells ESPN. Ball will warm up and see if he’s ready to play.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 14, 2022

However, after missing the team’s last 11 games, the Hornets have upgraded Ball’s status from Out to Questionable for their matchup Wednesday against the Detroit Pistons in a report via NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski. The Hornets are also hopeful that Ball could return to the lineup in this matchup, too, as he will warm up with the team come game time and see how he feels.

This is excellent news for a Charlotte Hornets (7-20) team sitting in 14th place in the Eastern Conference standings. Hopefully, if Ball can return tonight, his energetic play style can help spark a Hornets victory.

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