Pelicans news: Lonzo Ball more concerned about getting win vs. Suns than his stat line
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Pelicans’ Lonzo Ball more concerned about getting win vs. Suns than his stat line

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While playing against the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night, Lonzo Ball of the New Orleans Pelicans put up an impressive stat line but wasn’t pleased as they didn’t get the win.

Per Pelicans reporter Jim Echenhofer, Ball downplayed his performance, noting that he only looks at whether the team wins or loses.

“I wish we would’ve won. I don’t really judge my stats. I go on wins and losses. But I felt pretty good tonight. I let my team down last game, so I wanted to come through tonight.”

In 43 minutes of action — the most he’s played in a game this season — Ball chipped in 20 points, six rebounds, 11 assists, two blocks, and three steals. His points and assist numbers are his season-highs in the young 2019-20 season. However, it came in a heartbreaking double-overtime loss to the Suns.

It’s the Pelicans’ seventh straight loss. So far, they sport a 6-16 record for second-to-last place in the Western Conference. It’s a downer given that the team entered the season with tons of hope. Though they lost Anthony Davis via trade, they did gain Ball, Brandon Ingram, and first overall pick Zion Williamson — who’s still out with an injury.

The good thing for Ball is that his performance against the Suns maybe a sign of good things to come for him. Injuries and limited minutes have prevented him from showcasing what he’s got. As he moves forward, Ball can take his recent performance as a reminder at what he can do on the floor.