We like Lonzo Ball. He’s an outstanding defender, a brilliant passer and his shot has come a long way lately.
But he’s missed the last three games for New Orleans and the Pelicans have won all three.
The win over Philly was by seven, the win over Cleveland was by 13 and the win over Sacramento, like the one over Philly, was by seven.
In the five preceding games, New Orleans went 1-4.
So what gives?
The first thing is that Ball has struggled with a hip injury and while he played in some of those 1-4 games, he’s not been at 100 percent for a while.