Player News - Hornets

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Spencer Hawes has been diagnosed with a right MCL sprain, and he will miss at least the next week of action.

Hawes will obviously miss Friday's Game 6 against the Heat, and he's going to be re-evaluated in one week, although it wouldn't be surprising at all to see his absence extend beyond that one-week timeline. Tyler Hansbrough, Cody Zeller and Frank Kaminsky should pick up some extra minutes in Hawes' absence.

Spencer Hawes (right knee sprain) is being listed as doubtful for Friday's Game 6 against Miami.

It's unclear exactly when Hawes suffered the knee injury, but it's looking like he'll be spending Game 6 on the sidelines. His minutes will likely be divvied up between Tyler Hansbrough, Cody Zeller and Frank Kaminsky, but Hawes' absence won't have a dramatic impact on the fantasy landscape.

Cody Zeller (knee) is expected to play in Friday's Game 6 against Miami.

Zeller tweaked his right knee during Game 5, but it doesn't sound like he's dealing with anything serious. He should play around 20 minutes off the bench, which isn't enough floor time for him to put up a meaningful stat line.
Apr 28 - 3:26 PM

Nicolas Batum will again come off the bench for Friday's Game 6 against Miami.

The Hornets have now won three in a row, and Batum doesn't want to disrupt the chemistry of the first-unit. His ankle still isn't quite 100 percent, so expect his minutes to be in the 25 range. Kemba Walker, Courtney Lee, Marvin Williams, Frank Kaminsky and Al Jefferson will start.

Jason Maxiell has signed a one-month deal to play in the United Arab Emirates.

While the 33-year-old is trying to work his way back to the NBA, he hasn't played in the league since the end of the 2014-15 season and doesn't have any fantasy value.
Apr 28 - 1:32 PM

Nicolas Batum (sprained ankle) came off the bench on Wednesday for eight points, three rebounds, three assists and a pair of 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

Batum didn't have his normal agility and he was tentative early, but he knocked in some huge jumpers down the stretch, helping the Hornets hang on for a tough 90-88 victory. He'll get just one day to rest before returning to action for Friday's Game 6 in Charlotte, so it's unlikely that he'll be 100 percent in the Hornets' potential closeout game.
Apr 27 - 10:55 PM

Cody Zeller (right knee) scored four points in 21 minutes during Wednesday's road win, adding three boards, one assist and one block.

Zeller headed into the Hornets' locker room during the second quarter with a knee injury, and he occasionally favored that leg during the second half. It's a pre-existing injury and we'll include him on the injury report as a precaution for Game 6 -- if he can't suit up there will be more minutes available for Frank Kaminsky, Al Jefferson and Spencer Hawes.

Marvin Williams found some traction in Game 5 with 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting, eight rebounds, three steals, three 3-pointers, two assists and two turnovers in 30 minutes.

The Hornets came into the playoffs as the league's fourth-leading team in 3-pointers per game, but in Games 1-4 vs. Miami they were a collective 16-of-67 from downtown. They finally found the range tonight and that was the difference in the game, as they hit 50.0 percent of their 3-pointers including a late barrage in the fourth quarter. Williams was having a nightmare series prior to this game, shooting 19.4 percent from the field, so hopefully this eruption will carry over to Friday's game in Charlotte.
Apr 27 - 10:53 PM

Kemba Walker cooled off in 35 minutes on Wednesday, shooting 4-of-18 to finish with 14 points, three 3-pointers, five assists, five rebounds, one steal and one block.

"He's a handful in the pick-and-rolls and there is only so much you can do with that little guy," Dwyane Wade said after Game 4. Miami's defense did enough tonight, keeping the Hornets' leading scorer in check after a 34-point eruption in Game 4, but Charlotte still earned the critical road win. Expect a bounce-back effort from Walker at home on Friday.
Source: WLTV.com
Apr 27 - 10:52 PM

Cody Zeller (knee) headed into the locker room during the second quarter of Wednesday's game, but he has since returned.

We should have more details about Zeller's injury after the game, but it doesn't sound like it will be an issue going forward.
Apr 27 - 8:54 PM

Nicolas Batum (ankle) will come off the Hornets' bench on Wednesday, as expected.

The Hornets won their past two games without Batum and coach Steve Clifford likely doesn't want to mess with his starters' newfound chemistry. Batum reportedly volunteered to come off the bench and owners can expect his minutes to hover in the 24-28 range in his first game back.
Apr 27 - 7:33 PM

Nicolas Batum (ankle) is expected to play off the bench on Wednesday against the Heat.

It sounds like he will be limited after missing the last two games. Although, Batum did go to Clifford to suggest coming off the bench because of how well the Hornets played without him in Game 3 and 4. He will likely play minutes in the 20s and take run away from Frank Kaminsky, Jeremy Lin, Marvin Williams and Spencer Hawes.
Apr 27 - 6:37 PM

Nicolas Batum (ankle) was a full participant during shootaround, and head coach Steve Clifford said that he'll more than likely play in Wednesday's Game 5 against the Heat.

Batum was initially ruled out for the entire first-round series, so it's surprising that he's made enough progress to get back on the court after spending a mere five days in recovery. Batum said that he will come off the bench if he does play, and Clifford acknowledged it's unlikely he sees his usual workload, so he'll make for a bit of a risky DFS target tonight. Check back for official confirmation on his status closer to tip-off, but both Frank Kaminsky and Jeremy Lin figure to take a bit of a hit with Batum back in the fold.
Apr 27 - 11:02 AM

Nicolas Batum (left foot strain) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Heat.

Steve Clifford did say that Batum was feeling better on Tuesday, although they won't make an official decision until closer to Wednesday's tip. He'll likely be a game-time call, but if he's out, Jeremy Lin will be the primary beneficiary while Frank Kaminsky will have another opportunity to start. Stay tuned.
Apr 26 - 3:54 PM

Kemba Walker scored a playoff career-high 34 points during a Game 4 89-85 win over the Heat on Monday, adding four rebounds, one assist, three steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

The Hornets have tied this series 2-2 after the failed to win a playoff game since 2002 before Saturday. Walker has really focused on his scoring with just 3.0 assists per game in this series. The Hornets were pretty bad in Game 1 and 2 in Miami, so it won't be easy for them to get a win on the road.
Apr 25 - 10:36 PM


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