The Charlotte Hornets hosted the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night at home and just barely lost to them.
The team missed those three stars – but they need to get used to playing without them.
Status alert: LaMelo Ball, Gordon Hayward, Dennis Smith Jr. remain without timetables for return.
— Underdog NBA (@Underdog__NBA) December 6, 2022
Ball, Hayward, and Smith remain out for the foreseeable future and there is no timetable for any of their returns, according to the team.
This is not the news that the Hornets wanted.
The team is careening to the bottom of the Eastern Conference and losing these three guys will only hasten that fall.
Bye Bye, Ball (Again)
The Hornets are now 7-17 and the 13th team in the East, ahead of just the Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic.
Losing these three players is bad enough but losing them without a timetable for return is even worse.
Ball’s absence is particularly concerning because he has been shockingly limited this season.
Ball missed the first 13 games of the season due to an injury he encountered at the end of the offseason and then only played for three before he was hurt again after stepping on a fan’s foot.
He has now missed the last eight games.
Ball is supposed to be the centerpiece of the team, the leader and the future of the franchise.
But he is having a hard time staying healthy and taking control.
As for Smith, he usually puts up 9.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 5.7 assists a game, while Hayward is good for 16.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 4.4 assists.
Now all three of these athletes are gone – and they may be for some time.