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Pelicans’ Lonzo Ball plans to play vs. Raptors, says his shot ‘is more consistent’

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Despite dealing with a right adductor strain, New Orleans Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball plans to play on Friday against the Toronto Raptors.

The team has officially listed Ball as probable. The former No. 2 overall pick is going to give it a go, though.

While telling reporters he’s going to play, Ball also talked about his new jump shot:

“My shot is more consistent,” Ball told Pelicans.com. “It feels the same throughout the game, instead of how I had it last year, where it was adjusted throughout the game.”

Through the first seven games of the season, Ball is averaging 12.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 6.7 assists. He’s shooting 43.2 percent from the field, 38.6 percent from beyond the arc and 60.0 percent from the free-throw line — career highs across the board.

New Orleans is only 1-6 on the young season. The Pelicans’ lone win of the season came against the Denver Nuggets.

Without No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson, New Orleans is struggling, but only on defense. The Pelicans are averaging 119.3 points per game, good for fourth in the NBA. However, they are giving up 124.3 points a night, last in the league.

The Raptors defeated Ball and New Orleans on opening night. Let’s see if the Pelicans can get their revenge on Friday at home.