Lonzo Ball comments on shooting struggles

Nov 5, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) warms up before the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball struggled from the field once again on Wednesday night against the Boston Celtics, commenting on his performance after the game.

“It’s in my head, to be honest. I know I can shoot the ball,” he told reporters.

Ball’s rather unorthodox jumpshot has been the fuel for much speculation and ridicule for how he will adapt to the professional game, but his struggles go deeper than that: He is shooting just 34.4 percent from inside the paint, the worst mark in the NBA. Things haven’t gotten much better when he steps outside the land of the giants, hitting just 25 percent of his shots outside of the painted area.

Ball played 39 minutes during Wednesday night’s loss against the Boston Celtics, finishing the night 4-for-15 from the field and 1-for-5 from 3-point range.

Coming into the night, Ball was shooting just 29.9 percent from the field overall, while hitting 23.4 percent of his shots from long range. He has still managed to stuff the stat sheet much in the same manner that he did for his lone season in college at UCLA, averaging 8.8 points, 6.9 assists, and 6.4 rebounds per game over his first 10 contests.

Los Angeles made Ball the second overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft in the wake of having led D-I in assists per game. The team moved from 2015 No. 2 overall pick D’Angelo Russell in order to make room for their new point guard, who has been at the forefront of the Lakers’ youth movement.

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