Lonzo Ball Dunk Attempt Gets Viciously Blocked By Marcus Smart

Bryan Brandom
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Lonzo Ball entered Wednesday night with historically bad shooting numbers.

During his Los Angeles Lakers‘ matchup with the Boston Celtics, the rookie’s percentages wouldn’t improve—Boston guard Marcus Smart made sure of that.

In the second quarter, what started out as a Lonzo Ball dunk attempt ended with a Smart handprint on the basketball as he viciously blocked the rookie’s foray to the hoop.

From these angles, you can tell that Ball originally intended to throw down a dunk, but he then adjusted to attempt a layup with the smaller Smart flying over to protect the rim.

The adjustment was spectacularly unsuccessful.

Ball finished the game shooting just 4-of-15 from the floor in the 107-96 loss, lowering his field-goal percentage to a measly 29.5 percent. Among players to attempt at least 100 shots through their first 11 games, that’s the second-lowest percentage in the shot-clock era (since the 1954-55 season).