Player News - Hornets

Date: Team: Pos:

Kemba Walker had his left knee drained on Wednesday.

He sat out of Wednesday's game vs. the Cavaliers due to the procedure, but he returned on Friday vs. the Heat and looked great, scoring 20 points in 36 minutes. Walker's knee issue doesn't appear to be too serious, but it's something to keep an eye on if the Hornets fall out of the playoff hunt.
Feb 6 - 10:35 AM

Marvin Williams scored 27 points against the Heat on Friday during a 98-95 loss with four rebounds, two assists, one block and two 3-pointers.

His contract-year game is quite strong and the stretch four being en vogue looks great for him. Williams has put to bed any concern of Frank Kaminsky taking his minutes and the return of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has helped him. Marvin has second-round value in his last eight games.
Feb 5 - 11:03 PM

Frank Kaminsky did not score in 16 minutes with three rebounds, three assists and two turnovers in 16 minutes against the Heat on Friday.

He's lost all his momentum as Marvin Williams is running away with the power forward minutes. Plus, Marvin plays all his minutes at power forward now because of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist being back, so there is little opportunity for Frank. If you haven't already, drop him.
Feb 5 - 11:00 PM

Kemba Walker scored 20 points against the Heat on Friday with five rebounds, six assists, two steals and four 3-pointers.

He played 36 minutes and there were no signs of limitations. Walker's knee injury is more of the wear-and-tear variety, so he probably just needs to make it to the break unscathed to get close to 100 percent. He sitting pretty as a top-20 player this season.
Feb 5 - 10:57 PM

Nicolas Batum scored 21 points with six rebounds, seven assists, three blocks and four 3-pointers against the Heat on Friday.

This is the Batum we grew to love back in November. Hopefully his toe injury is behind him and he can go back to being a guy capable of putting up top-30 value. Batum could be on his way after tonight.
Feb 5 - 10:55 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored nine points with three rebounds, one assist and one block in 30 minutes against the Heat on Friday.

The Heat are very good at keeping guys out of the paint and they are the first team to do so with MKG this season. Kidd-Gilchrist is still going to be worth owning, but his owners may want to temper expectations from his terrific start.
Feb 5 - 10:52 PM

Jeremy Lin played 16 minutes against the Heat on Friday with six points, two rebounds, three assists and one block.

He played 12 minutes at point guard and four at shooting guard. Now that the starters are 100 percent, Lin is definitely a cut candidate in most leagues.
Feb 5 - 10:49 PM

Kemba Walker (knee) will start without any limitations vs. the Heat on Friday.

Walker's return sends Jeremy Lin to the bench, where Lin is averaging 10 fewer minutes with lower stats across the board. Kemba's owners can breathe a sigh of relief while activating him in all lineups.
Feb 5 - 5:24 PM

Kemba Walker (knee) said that he expects to play on Friday vs. the Heat.

Walker said on Thursday that the soreness in his knee is better, and it should be comforting for his owners to know that an MRI came back clean. Walker shouldn't be too limited if he's cleared to play, so fire him up in all lineups. Jeremy Lin is expected to return to the bench where his value will take a sizable hit.
Feb 5 - 11:24 AM

Jeremy Lin is likely to move back to the bench on Friday against the Heat.

This will get interesting. While Kemba Walker was healthy, Lin played almost 100 percent of his minutes at shooting guard. When Kemba was out, he played almost all of his minutes at point guard because Nicolas Batum was back. Now that those two and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist are all likely to be back, expect his minutes to take a hit. His owners might be on notice once Walker is announced as a starter.
Feb 4 - 10:39 PM

Kemba Walker (knee) practiced on Thursday and is expecting to play against the Heat on Friday.

He said the soreness in his knee is better, which has been bothering him for over a week -- that means it wasn't because of his fall in Portland on Saturday. Walker also had an MRI and that came back clean. For now, expect him to be in the lineup on Friday. The Hornets are awesome with updates, so expect more info Friday morning.
Feb 4 - 10:33 PM

Kemba Walker (sore left knee) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Heat.

Walker was forced to miss his first game of the season on Wednesday with a sore left knee, which resulted in Jeremy Lin logging 32 minutes in a start. If Walker sits again on Friday, it'll be Jeremy Lin again in the starting five with Brian Roberts and Jeremy Lamb earning some extended run off the bench.

Frank Kaminsky made 7-of-8 field goals, including one 3-pointer, to finish Wednesday's game with 15 points, six rebounds (three offensive) and one assist in 24 minutes.

His effective play off the bench earned Kaminsky a few more minutes, but he's a dubious fantasy asset while Marvin Williams (16 points in 24 minutes) is playing well as a starter. Leave the Tank on the wire.
Feb 3 - 10:17 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist double-doubled on Wednesday with 11 points and 13 boards, shooting 5-of-14 from the field without any 3-pointers, assists, steals or blocks in 37 minutes.

He wasn't bothered by the apparent leg injury he suffered toward the end of Sunday's game, and fantasy owners have to be thrilled with the early returns -- a player who wasn't expected to suit up this season is now averaging 14.3 points, 0.7 triples, 10.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists in his first three appearances.
Feb 3 - 10:16 PM

Spencer Hawes returned to the Hornets' bench during Wednesday's home victory, finishing with six points, four boards, four assists, two steals and one block in 20 minutes.

Hawes played well in six fill-in starts for Cody Zeller (shoulder), averaging 9.0 points, 1.3 triples, 7.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.7 blocks. Anyone who grabbed Hawes during Zeller's absence can safely cut him loose -- he's playing just 16.9 minutes as a reserve and his role may vanish entirely whenever Al Jefferson (knee) gets back on the court.
Feb 3 - 10:16 PM


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