Player News - Hornets

Date: Team: Pos:

Frank Kaminsky finished with two points across 20 minutes in Saturday's win against the Clippers.

Kaminsky had an awful shooting night, hitting just 1-of-9, including 0-of-4 from behind the arc. It's a good thing for his team that they were facing the skidding Clippers, as Charlotte won by 15 despite the cold shooting performance. Kaminsky is in a timeshare with Marvin Williams and that's not about to change anytime soon with this kind of ugly night from the floor. He remains useful only in the deepest of fantasy formats.
Nov 18 - 10:21 PM

Nicolas Batum finished Saturday's win against the Clippers with 12 points, seven assists, four rebounds, two blocked shots and a steal across 28 minutes.

This was Batum's best all-around stat line in three outings since returning from a preseason elbow injury. He is still just 2-of-12 (16.7 percent) from behind the arc, but he'll round into form soon. Head coach Steve Clifford said there would be nights Batum would play less as they work to get him up to speed, and so far he is averaging 29.0 minutes per game. Once he gets back to his normal 34-35 minutes per outing his fantasy owners are really going to be happy.
Nov 18 - 10:19 PM

Kemba Walker (wrist) shook off a wrist injury to play in Saturday's game against the Clippers, finishing with a game-high 26 points.

Walker's wrist didn't appear to be giving him any trouble, as the point guard was good for a 6-of-9 shooting night from behind the 3-point line while adding six assists and two rebounds across 36 minutes. It appears safe to get him back into the active fantasy lineup for the upcoming week if you reserved him as a precaution.
Nov 18 - 10:00 PM

Dwight Howard posted 16 points with 16 rebounds in Saturday's 102-87 victory against the Clippers.

Howard was very efficient from the floor, hitting 7-of-10. He also chipped in with a pair of steals, an assist and a blocked shot. Really, the only complain from fantasy owners would be about his 2-of-6 evening at the free-throw stripe, but you weren't expecting Steph Curry in that category when the drafted Howard, were you? Howard, nicknamed 'The Daily Double', averaged a double-double in each of his first 13 NBA seasons. He remains on target to hit the mark again in 2017-18.
Nov 18 - 9:58 PM

Jeremy Lamb (hamstring) will not return to Saturday's game against the Clippers.

He went back to the locker room with a trainer and the team ruled him out about five minutes later. Hamstring strains are the trickiest soft-muscle issue for sports injuries, so there's a chance Lamb needs to miss games. If he does, Malik Monk could get back in the rotation or Dwayne Bacon and Nic Batum could have their minutes extended.
Nov 18 - 9:11 PM

Kemba Walker (wrist) will play against the Clippers on Saturday.

He tweaked his non-shooting wrist on Friday in his 38-minute gem. Walker blew up with a 47-point game in a loss to the Bulls on Friday and he's scored at least 20 in four straight. With Pat Beverley (knee) doubtful to play, Walker could be in for another big night in front of the home crowd.
Nov 18 - 5:22 PM

Kemba Walker (left wrist sprain) has been downgraded to questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Clippers.

We didn't think much of it when Walker popped up on the injury report Saturday morning, as he was initially listed as probable. However, there is now cause for concern regarding Walker's availability for Saturday night's contest. If Kemba is unable to suit up, Michael Carter-Williams would likely draw the start at point guard. Malik Monk would also see an uptick in playing time off the bench. The Hornets don't have a shootaround today, so we'll have to wait for coach Steve Clifford to address the media this evening for an update.
Nov 18 - 12:38 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (right ankle sprain) is listed as probable for Saturday's game vs. the Clippers.

MKG tweaked his ankle Friday night vs. the Bulls but was able to return to the contest after having it taped. It has been an up-and-down season for Kidd-Gilchrist, who missed multiple games early on due to the death of his grandmother. However, he's been playing better of late, averaging 13.0 points (on 65.4 percent shooting) and 5.0 rebounds over his last three games.
Source: NBA.com
Nov 18 - 12:08 PM

Kemba Walker (left wrist sprain) is listed as probable for Saturday's game vs. the Clippers.

Walker must have dinged his wrist Friday; however, it certainly didn't slow him down as he poured in a season-high 47 points in a loss to the Bulls. Walker also added six rebounds, five assists and five triples. He should be ready to rock tonight but check back before tip-off on Saturday evening to confirm he is in the starting lineup.
Source: NBA.com
Nov 18 - 12:05 PM

Treveon Graham (thigh) was a DNP-CD on Friday vs. the Hornets.

He was available to play, but he's not going to be in the rotation consistently with Nicolas Batum back.
Nov 17 - 11:37 PM

Nicolas Batum scored just nine points on 3-of-7 shooting in 27 minutes vs. the Bulls on Friday.

Coach Steve Clifford did say there would be nights in which Batum would play less while they get him up to speed, and keep in mind that this is the front end of back-to-back set. He added three rebounds and three assists, and hopefully this low workload means he'll be ready to roll on Saturday vs. the Clippers. The Hornets have lost six straight, so we'd expect him to play.
Nov 17 - 11:27 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist tweaked his ankle in Friday's loss to the Bulls, finishing with nine points, four rebounds and one assist in 27 minutes.

He was 3-of-6 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line, and his ankle injury isn't a huge concern because he was able to return after getting it re-taped. Barring a surprise, MKG should be fine for Saturday's game vs. the Clippers, so keep him active for his rebounds and defensive stats.
Nov 17 - 11:22 PM

Kemba Walker scored a season-high 47 points (five short of career-high) on Friday, but the Hornets still fell to the Bulls 123-120.

The Hornets are reeling with six straight losses, and coach Steve Clifford said the team has no identity right now -- the Bulls were dead last in offensive efficiency and still put up 123 points. As for Kemba, he was sensational en route to the second-highest point total of his career, hitting 17-of-27 shots with six rebounds, five assists and five triples. The All-Star PG will try to help the Hornets right the ship on Saturday against a Clippers team that has lost seven straight.
Nov 17 - 11:19 PM

Treveon Graham (thigh) is questionable for Friday against the

With Nicolas Batum back in action, Graham isn't expected to be in the rotation.
Nov 16 - 4:56 PM

Jeremy Lamb moved to the bench on Wednesday, where he notched 13 points (4-of-9 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs), five rebounds, three assists and one steal in 22 minutes.

Nic Batum's return was always a looming threat to Lamb's value, so it's not like owners couldn't see this coming. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist also looked his his usual self in 31 minutes, so the wing rotation is getting crowded in a hurry. Lamb's upside is capped with those guys healthy, but owners may want to see how his role develops in the next few weeks.
Nov 15 - 11:05 PM


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