Despite all the criticism he’s been receiving for not shooting well, Lonzo Ball has shown that he can be effective in other facets of the game like rebounding and dropping dimes to his teammates. His ability to locate the open man and quickly pass is something that many are now admiring, including Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue.
The 40-year-old also commended him for his skill in pulling some “hockey assists” which does not reward him with anything on the stat sheet, but the team benefits with easy baskets. Lue then said he also likes Ball for his unselfishness, via Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.
Tyronn Lue on Lonzo Ball. "I like him a lot. … he gets the hockey assist. A lot of guys want the assist for themselves."
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) December 15, 2017
On Thursday night, Lue had the opportunity to watch Ball play live, as the Los Angeles Lakers visited the Cleveland Cavaliers. The 20-year-old rookie out of UCLA had another solid game, finishing with a double-double of 13 points and 11 assists, to go along with eight rebounds, which definitely impressed Lue even more.
Ball’s efforts were not enough to give his team the win on the night though, as they bowed down to the home team, 121-112. The Lakers have now lost two consecutive games, and saw their record drop to 10-17 for the season. The Cavs on the other hand extended their winning streak to three games, and are now 21-8 for the year, and are currently ranked second in the Eastern Conference.