Lonzo Ball fires back at BR tweet about his NBA bubble stats
— Lonzo Ball (@ZO2_) August 9, 2020
Ball has every right to be frustrated, though it seems rather pointless to air out his grievances on Twitter.
The Pelicans have been among the more underwhelming teams in Orlando. New Orleans entered the bubble with a real chance to reach a play-in series for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. However, things have not gone according to plan.
Alvin Gentry’s squad has been outscored by a combined 28 points, and it has been totally outmatched on the defensive end of the floor. Opponents have been torching them from beyond the arc, and Zion Williamson has been incredibly slow in his rotations.
However, Lonzo Ball has been a glaring weakness as well. Ball and Williamson were the only Pelicans starters who finished in the negatives in terms of plus-minus on Sunday. Additionally, Ball is a cumulative -50 in six games.
Lonzo remains a decent playmaker in transition, but he has looked very tentative and has not shot the ball well from beyond the arc after shooting very efficiently from deep prior to the suspension of play in March.
The Pelicans are hoping to make Ball part of a young core that will help the franchise contend for years to come. Nonetheless, both Lonzo’s and the team’s struggles have the aura of a missed opportunity, as it looks unlikely that New Orleans will earn a play-in berth.