Lonzo Ball Hits Career-High 8 Three Pointers in First Game Back From Injury

Lonzo Ball 3 Point Shooting With Pelicans Background

  • Lonzo Ball made a career-high 8 three-pointers against the Houston Rockets last Sunday.
  • Ball has made 122 three pointers as of Sunday, more than Paul George, Trae Young, and Khris Middleton have this season.
  • The Pelicans are currently one-half game behind the 10th seeded Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference team standings.

Lonzo Ball’s shooting has always been perceived as the weakest part of his game and it was what his critics kept on throwing at him when he was still with the Los Angeles Lakers. But since his trade to the New Orleans Pelicans, Ball has rebuilt his shot and has become a very good three-point shooter.

On Sunday, in his first game since March 18th, Ball put his much improved three-point shooting on display, helping the Pelicans snap a two-game losing streak. With their top two scorers injured, Ball led New Orleans with 27 points, 4 rebounds, 9 assists, and three steals. But more than his all-around brilliance, it was his three-point shooting which stood out.

Career-High 8 Three-Pointers

Ball’s improvement as a three-point shooter has been dramatic. In two seasons with the Lakers, he made five three pointers in a total of four games. During the 2019-20 season, his first with New Orleans, Lonzo hit that mark five times. This season, he’s already achieved that feat seven times, including a career-high eight three-pointers against the Houston Rockets on Sunday in his first game back from hip flexor strain.

Lonzo has made a total of 122 three-pointers this season, tied for 22nd in the entire NBA. despite playing in only 39 out of the Pelicans’ 49 games. He has made more three-pointers than Paul George (119), Trae Young (110), and Khris Middleton (105), who are all All-Stars and who are perceived to be better three-point shooters than Ball.

For the season, Lonzo is making a career-high 39.2% from deep. That’s not accurate enough to put him among the leaders but it’s not bad really, considering he made just 30.5% of his three-pointers during his rookie season. And Ball isn’t just making open threes this season, he is hunting for opportunities more than ever which is a very important step in his continued development.

Without Zion and BI

With Zion and BI out, Ball scored 27 points to help the Pelicans stave off the Houston Rockets 122-115. The win enabled the Pelicans to snap a two-game losing streak. New Orleans had lost their first two games without Williamson who is nursing a sprained right thumb. Meanwhile, Ingram has also missed the Pelican’s last three games with a toe issue.

Williamson and Ingram are currently listed as questionable for the Pelicans’ Tuesday game in Atlanta. The Hawks have been playing well as of late, winning 12 out of their last 16 games. Atlanta defeated New Orleans 126-103 last April 2 at the Smoothie King Center. They will need another big game from Lonzo if they are to beat the Hawks and keep themselves in the playoff hunt while Zion and Ingram are on the mend.

New Orleans is currently 11th in the Eastern Conference team standings. They are currently tied for 8th place in the latest Western Conference oddsboard at Bet365 and are one-half game behind the 10th place Golden State Warriors for the final spot in the Play-In tournament and three games behind 8th seeded Memphis.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.