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Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said Lance Stephenson still has a ways to go until he is a star.

After benching Stephenson for the fourth quarter of Wednesday's loss to the Blazers, Clifford didn't shed much light on his decision. "To be fair, one of the things that's made it more difficult for him is that he came here and people proclaimed him as the next superstar," Clifford said. "He's not a star. He's a guy that has talent to become a star. To be a star in this league, you have to do it over years." There is nothing health-related for Stephenson's fantasy owners to worry about, but patience will be a virtue as he'll need to earn his head coach's trust.
Source: ESPN
Nov 27 - 9:45 AM

Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said Lance Stephenson still has a ways to go until he is a star.

After benching Stephenson for the fourth quarter of Wednesday's loss to the Blazers, Clifford didn't shed much light on his decision. "To be fair, one of the things that's made it more difficult for him is that he came here and people proclaimed him as the next superstar," Clifford said. "He's not a star. He's a guy that has talent to become a star. To be a star in this league, you have to do it over years." There is nothing health-related for Stephenson's fantasy owners to worry about, but patience will be a virtue as he'll need to earn his head coach's trust.
Source: ESPN
Nov 27 - 9:45 AM

Brian Roberts came off the Hornets' bench for a career-high 24 points in a loss to the Blazers on Wednesday, making 10-of-17 FGs with three 3-pointers, four rebounds and four assists in just 32 minutes of action.

Gary Neal was out with a shoulder injury so Roberts got extra playing time, and he made the most of the opportunity. This is just his fourth double-digit scoring game of the season and he's only worth a look in daily leagues while Neal is day-to-day.
Nov 26 - 9:37 PM

Lance Stephenson rode the Hornets bench in the fourth quarter again on Wednesday, finishing with eight points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals in just 23 minutes.

Hornets coach Steve Clifford said before the game that rebounding was the key to beating the Blazers, which makes Stephenson's late-game absence even more perplexing -- he's the Hornets' leading rebounder at 8.2 per game. Stephenson's fantasy owners can only be patient and hope that he earns Clifford's trust sooner rather than later.
Nov 26 - 9:36 PM

Marvin Williams was scoreless in 11 minutes of action on Wednesday, starting at PF but finishing with just one rebound and two assists to his credit.

Cody Zeller had nine points and seven boards off the bench, while playing superior defense vs. LaMarcus Aldridge, and it's fair to question how much longer Williams will keep his starting gig. The Hornets shot 42.6 percent in their previous six games, all losses, and finished tonight's defeat just 41-of-94 from the field (43.6 percent). Something has to give.
Nov 26 - 9:35 PM

Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston returned on Wednesday with three points, two rebounds and two turnovers in 21 minutes off the bench, but he sprained his thumb and left the arena with a brace.

The absence of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) and Gary Neal (shoulder) opened up more opportunities for Hairston and Gerald Henderson, but Hairston isn't worth fantasy attention unless you're desperate for 3-pointers. He's averaging 5.4 points, 1.3 triples, 1.4 rebounds and very little else in 14 minutes per game this season, while shooting 37.8 percent from the field. We're considering him day-to-day with his thumb injury.
Nov 26 - 9:35 PM

Kemba Walker shook off a hard collision to finish Wednesday's home loss with 15 points (6-of-19 FGs), one 3-pointer, four rebounds, nine assists and one block.

He took a knee to the thigh and was also elbowed in the face, but the Hornets' training staff quickly cleared him to return. We'll keep an eye out for any lingering problems but fantasy owners should expect to have Walker available vs. Stephen Curry and the Warriors on Friday.
Nov 26 - 9:34 PM

Al Jefferson had 21 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and two blocks vs. Portland on Wednesday, but it wasn't enough to prevent Charlotte's seventh straight loss.

Big Al also logged 35 minutes without any turnovers and he's doing everything he can to get his team a victory, but the Hornets have proven inept at both ends of the court -- they rank 25th in offensive efficiency and 23rd in defensive efficiency. Jefferson's fantasy value has taken a hit this year, due mainly to a dip in rebounds (the Lance Stephenson effect) and his struggles at the FT line (63.5 percent).
Nov 26 - 9:33 PM

Kemba Walker went down on Wednesday after bruising his thigh and being elbowed in the face, but he is available to return.

Walker was down for a while and looked a bit 'woozy' as he made his way to the Hornets' bench, but it sounds like he avoided any serious injuries. With Gary Neal (shoulder) already unavailable, Walker's absence would have left Charlotte heavily reliant upon Brian Roberts.
Nov 26 - 8:30 PM

P.J. Hairston (ankle) is active against the Blazers on Wednesday.

He is not expected to see major minutes, but he should definitely be in the rotation with Gary Neal (shoulder) out tonight. Hairston is not a fantasy option.
Nov 26 - 6:21 PM

Marvin Williams should get plenty of minutes at small forward on Wednesday in order to match up with the Blazers.

It doesn't really matter where Marvin plays, as he's just not that good these days. However, this should also mean more Cody Zeller at PF and Zeller has been playing pretty well over his last few games.
Nov 26 - 11:28 AM

Gary Neal's shoulder injury will keep him out of Wednesday's game against the Blazers.

No surprise here, but P.J. Hairston is back from his ankle injury and could get Neal's minutes tonight.
Nov 26 - 11:26 AM

P.J. Hairston is expected to play on Wednesday despite a sprained ankle.

He started a game recently but was disappointing, so we're not expecting much from him tonight, either, despite the absence of Gary Neal (shoulder).
Nov 26 - 11:24 AM

Gary Neal (sprained left shoulder) is being listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. Portland.

If Neal is unable to go, his minutes would be split up between Gerald Henderson, Brian Roberts, and potentially P.J. Hairston if he's able to suit up. However, none of those guys make for a very attractive option in daily leagues, nor are they worthy of a pickup in standard leagues.

P.J. Hairston (ankle) is being listed as probable for Wednesday's game vs. Portland.

Hairston could see some extended run with Gary Neal (shoulder) listed as doubtful, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) out for Wednesday's game. However, Hairston is averaging just 6.0 points and 1.5 three-pointers as a starter, so there's not much to like here.
Nov 25 - 4:36 PM


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