Pelicans’ Lonzo Ball reacts to hitting 14 3-pointers in last 2 games
New Orleans Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball has been rifling in some threes as of late, coming off back-to-back seven-trey outings. He’s connected in 14 of his 21 attempts from the great beyond, giving his team a major aid in that department while becoming a much sharper offensive option.
Ball is feeling it from the outside and he’s not putting much thought into letting it fly this season:
“When I’m open, just shoot it. That’s all it really comes down to,” said Ball after a 127-123 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, according to Jim Eichenhofer of Pelicans.com. “I’ve been putting the work in, now it’s about translating it to the court. It’s that simple.”
Ball is only shooting 40.8% from the field this season, but while he hasn’t made much progress in his overall efficiency, he has made quite a leap with his 3-point shooting, which has now ramped up to a more respectable 37.9%. His free-throw shooting is still plenty questionable at 57.8%, but much better than the 45.1% he shot in his rookie season and the dismal 41.7% he shot last season.
The 6-foot-6 point man rebuilt the mechanics of his shot upon coming to New Orleans, now looking much smoother than the chest-flick he used in his first two seasons.
While there’s still a lot of room for growth, Ball is thinking less and shooting more, which has resulted in career bests in scoring along with his shooting percentages. Now that he’s fixed his form and release, he has no place to go but up from here.