Player News - Hornets

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Nicolas Batum (left elbow) started on Wednesday and had nine points, nine rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

Batum's return is encouraging for fantasy owners, but there's no sugar-coating his recent statements about "always" being in pain. The torn ligament in his elbow might require an offseason procedure to fully correct, so this has the potential to nag him all season. The good news is that he suited up despite being listed as 'doubtful' for Wednesday, so we'll leave him off the injury report for Charlotte's home games on Friday and Saturday.
Dec 14 - 1:32 AM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist notched his first double-double of the season on Wednesday with 18 points and a season-high 11 rebounds in 29 minutes of action.

MKG added two assists and one steal without any turnovers, and he shot 8-of-12 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line tonight. He did most of his damage at the rim, as usual, but also shot 3-of-6 on mid-range jumpers. Despite a conspicuous lack of 3-pointers and assists, MKG contributes in enough fantasy categories to be worth owning in most roto leagues.
Dec 14 - 1:31 AM

Jeremy Lamb headed to the bench with Nicolas Batum (elbow) active on Wednesday, putting up nine points (2-of-7 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), one rebound and one turnover in 21 minutes.

After the game he lamented the second unit's inability to get back on defense. "Our starters played great ... [but the second unit] didn't give the team a chance," he said. Lamb is averaging 30.9 minutes as a starter vs. 23.2 minutes as a reserve, so Batum's presence is an obvious barrier for his fantasy value, but owners should give him a few more games -- after all, he's been a top-80 value in a modest 27.5 minutes per game this season.
Dec 14 - 1:31 AM

Frank Kaminsky scored eight points on 4-of-8 shooting vs. Houston on Wednesday, but he failed to record any other statistics in 15 minutes.

Cody Zeller (meniscus surgery) is out indefinitely and the Hornets' frontcourt is suddenly rather thin, with Kaminsky and Johnny O'Bryant (five minutes) serving as the primary backups for Dwight Howard. Kaminsky was solid on Monday and we'll give him a few more games to regain his rhythm, but he was awful tonight -- his defense was non-existent and he somehow finished with a +/- rating of -38 in his 15 minutes on the court.
Dec 14 - 1:30 AM

Marvin Williams sputtered in 29 minutes on Wednesday, hitting 1-of-6 shots for four points, three rebounds, one assist, one block and two turnovers.

Williams came in averaging 16.0 points on 53.3% shooting in his previous three games, including 3.0 triples per game. He never found a rhythm tonight, however, and the Rockets defense made a point of closing out on him at the 3-point line -- it's easy to forget that Houston has the sixth-best defensive rating in the NBA this season. Look for Williams to get back on track vs. Miami on Friday.
Dec 14 - 1:29 AM

Dwight Howard piled up 26 points, 18 rebounds and three blocks in a losing effort vs. his former team on Wednesday, as the Hornets fell to the red-hot Rockets in Houston.

The loss dropped Charlotte to 2-11 on the road this season, and their 10-17 record leaves them 13th in the East, behind teams like Orlando, Brooklyn, Miami and New York. The good news is that six of their next seven games come at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte. As for Dwight, he's simply rolling at age 32, and he even made 8-of-11 free throws tonight (13-of-18 in his past two games combined).
Dec 14 - 1:29 AM

Nicolas Batum (elbow) will start against the Rockets on Wednesday.

He went through warmups and everything apparently went well. Batum may not have his usual green light as a shooter because he's struggling and he may not be 100 percent.
Dec 13 - 8:22 PM

Barring a setback during warmups, Nicolas Batum (elbow) is expected to start vs. Houston on Wednesday.

Batum's likely return would send Jeremy Lamb back to the bench, but Lamb has proven fantasy-worth no matter where he begins games.
Dec 13 - 8:08 PM

Nicolas Batum (elbow) has been upgraded to probable for Wednesday's game against the Rockets.

Batum was being listed as doubtful on Tuesday and said on Sunday that his elbow was "not even close to 100 percent," but apparently he's willing to fight through the pain. We likely won't get official word on his status until just prior to tip-off, but if he is able to play tonight, Jeremy Lamb will head back to the bench and Dwayne Bacon could drop from the rotation entirely. Stay tuned.
Dec 13 - 12:43 PM

Cody Zeller underwent successful surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee on Tuesday, and he's expected to miss at least the next six weeks of action.

Frank Kaminsky and Marvin Williams will be picking up the slack in his absence, with Williams offering a bit more upside. Zeller's absence could certainly extend beyond that six-week window, so he's not worth hanging onto in most scenarios.
Dec 12 - 5:45 PM

Nicolas Batum (elbow) is being listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Rockets.

Batum said on Sunday that he was "not even close to 100 percent," and the doubtful tag suggests he'll be spending his second game in a row on the sidelines on Wednesday night. Jeremy Lamb figures to earn another start and there will be more minutes available for Treveon Graham and Dwayne Bacon. Batum owners can expect another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround.
Dec 12 - 3:17 PM

Treveon Graham hit 4-of-5 shots, 3-of-3 3-pointers and 1-of-1 free throws for 12 points, two rebounds and one assist in Monday's win.

Graham is going to get some run with Nicolas Batum (elbow) out again and has hit 7-of-11 shots from downtown over his last four games. He doesn't do much else, but if you need a 3-point shooter in a deep league, he's probably worth a look.
Dec 11 - 11:18 PM

Frank Kaminsky returned from his ankle injury and hit 3-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for eight points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block in just 18 minutes on Monday.

Cody Zeller is out with knee surgery and Kaminsky played some backup center next to Marvin Williams tonight. He's flown under the radar all season but might be worth an add with the additional minutes and responsibility he should see with Zeller down and out. Kaminsky had missed his last three games with the ankle injury.
Dec 11 - 11:15 PM

Jeremy Lamb hit 6-of-17 shots and two 3-pointers for 14 points and five rebounds in 33 minutes on Monday.

He was playing well even before Nicolas Batum's elbow injury resurfaced and should start for as long as Batum is out. Lamb should be owned in all leagues until further notice.
Dec 11 - 11:13 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist hit 8-of-9 shots for 17 points, four rebounds, four assists, four steals and a block on Monday, but also hit just 1-of-3 free throws in an easy win over the Thunder.

His season high in scoring is 22, but this was his best game of the season. He's been playing well of late, averaging 11.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 0.8 blocks on 53 percent shooting over his last five games, making him worth an add look in most leagues.
Dec 11 - 11:10 PM


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