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Gordon Hayward props LaMelo Ball, Devonte’ and Malik Monk to step up in “crunch time”

LaMelo Ball of the Charlotte Hornets

Since being drafted by the Charlotte Hornets, LaMelo Ball has become the go-to player for the team. However, for the first time in months, the team entered the court without their young star against the San Antonio Spurs.

Ball, who injured his wrist in the Hornets’ matchup against the LA Clippers is expected to miss the rest of the season. Following this gruesome injury, most expected Charlotte to derail from their excellent form.

However, players like Devonte’ Graham and Malik Monk filled the void left by Ball. As a result, the Hornets won a closely fought game against the Spurs. After the victory, Gordon Hayward talked about their performances this season in the post-game interview. Hayward stated:

I think it’s really impressive for such a young team to find ways to win like that. You know I think we’re fighters and it’s nice to have people that hit clutch shots. I mean Tito [Terry Rozier] has been unbelievable in the clutch, Malik [Monk], Devonte’ [Graham], Lamelo [Ball].

So when you got a lot of different weapons that can score in crunch time, it makes it a little bit easier.”

Can the Charlotte Hornets continue their newfound form without LaMelo Ball?

LaMelo entered the league just a few months back, but he has become a crucial part of the Hornets organization. Before injuring his wrist, Ball was the frontrunner for winning the NBA Rookie of the Year award as well. He certainly deserved all the praise that he has gathered over the last few months.

LaMelo Ball of the Charlotte Hornets

LaMelo Ball #2 of the Charlotte Hornets looks on during the first quarter of their game against the New York Knicks at Spectrum Center on January 11, 2021, in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

However, with him sidelined indefinitely, the burden falls on players like Hayward, Rozier, and Monk. They need to find a way to generate the 15.9 points that Ball averaged while being on the floor.

Do you think the Hornets can achieve this? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

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