LaMelo Ball exits Hornets' preseason loss with ankle sprain

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte Hornets All-Star point guard LaMelo Ball sprained his left ankle in the third quarter of a 116-107 preseason loss against the Washington Wizards on Monday night when his foot was stepped on while he was driving to the basket.

Hornets coach Steve Clifford said Tuesday that Ball won't travel to Philadelphia for Charlotte's final preseason game and will undergo imaging Tuesday afternoon. More updates will be provided as available, Clifford said.

Ball was driving the left side of the lane when Washington's Anthony Gill inadvertently stepped on Ball's foot, causing the third-year pro's ankle to twist awkwardly.

Ball remained on the floor for several minutes before getting to his feet and gingerly walking to the free throw line. He shot two free throws, then immediately checked out of the game and headed straight to the locker room.

Clifford said Ball and center Mason Plumlee, who sprained his left foot in the game and also left early, won't play in Wednesday night's preseason game at Philadelphia.

Ball is considered the centerpiece of the Hornets' offense, averaging 20.1 points, 7.6 assists and 6.7 rebounds per game last season.

He had nine points and six rebounds before leaving the game.

Charlotte opens the regular season Oct. 19 at San Antonio.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.