Player News - Hornets

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Hornets acting coach Stephen Silas said he will continue to find ways to get Nicolas Batum more involved in the offense.

Batum scored a season-high 23 points with four rebounds, five assists, no turnovers and five 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday, and he attempted a season-high 17 shots which matched his total from his previous two games combined. "Hopefully, this is the start of him having some rhythm in his game," Silas said, "because we’re going to need it." It was nice to see Batum find some success, but his elbow is still going to be a concern going forward.
Dec 17 - 10:15 AM

Hornets acting coach Stephen Silas doesn't expect Malik Monk or Dwayne Bacon to play much in the near future.

"We need some wins," Silas said. "It’s not time to develop or gift minutes right now. It’s about winning, and my rotations are going to be short for a while until we get this thing back on track." The Hornets have shortened their rotation recently, but Michael Carter-Williams has been pretty bad and it's hard to imagine him staying ahead of Monk for much longer.
Dec 17 - 10:11 AM

Kemba Walker made 7-of-26 from the field for 14 points with six rebounds, six assists, two steals and two turnovers in 38 minutes during a 93-91 loss to the Blazers on Saturday.

Despite how he's been very good in back-to-backs and at home, Walker couldn't get it going today. He missed nine attempts from deep in one of his worst jump-shooting games on the season. Unlike Friday night, Walker did not have his left wrist taped up in this game. If his bad shooting is related to the wrist issue, he'll get Sunday off before the Knicks come to Charlotte on Monday.
Dec 16 - 9:31 PM

Nicolas Batum scored a season-high 23 points with four rebounds, five assists, no turnovers and five 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

Maybe it took a revenge game to get him going. Coach Steve Clifford staggers Batum away from the first unit a little more, so maybe it took some time to adjust to his new-ish role. If you don't want to give him the benefit of the doubt there, his left elbow is still a slight concern, but he didn't have a sleeve on it today. He still has some work to do to dig himself out of his slow start, but this is a good sign.
Dec 16 - 9:30 PM

Jeremy Lamb made 4-of-11 from the field for 15 points with four rebounds and no turnovers in 24 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

It was his best scoring game this month, but this certainly wasn't a strong effort. In his previous December games, Lamb averaged just 9.9 points, 3.3 boards, 1.0 assists, 0.3 steals and 0.6 treys on only 36.6 percent from the field. He probably won't be this bad and he probably won't be has good as he was in November, so consider Lamb as just a low-end asset in standard leagues.
Dec 16 - 9:28 PM

Johnny O'Bryant (personal) will not return on Saturday.

This is a little unusual and hopefully everything is OK with O'Bryant. He finished with five points and four rebounds in eight minutes.
Dec 16 - 8:28 PM

Kemba Walker (left wrist) is available to play against the Blazers on Saturday.

The team is calling it a sprain from the injury he sustained on Friday night. Walker looked fine with some tape on his non-shooting wrist and he scored a game-high 25 points in a loss to the Heat. Walker has actually been really good in back-to-back sets with his 50.0 percent from the field for 23.5 points per game over those four -- he's better at home, too. Go ahead and fire him up in season long and consider him in DFS.
Dec 16 - 5:23 PM

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

Walker strained his left wrist in Friday night's loss to the Heat. However, he was able to play through the pain and finished with 25 points, four rebounds, five assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 33 minutes. Walker is fully expected to suit up on Saturday vs. the Blazers.
Dec 16 - 12:24 PM

Kemba Walker (left wrist) looked fine during a 104-98 loss to the Heat on Friday, scoring 25 points with four rebounds, five assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

He strained his left wrist in the first half and had white tape on it during the second half. Walker looked healthy as he even had some nice lefty finishes on drives. There's no word of him being re-evaluated and he should be all set for Saturday night against Dame Lillard. Keep Walker rolling as an early-round asset in standard leagues.
Dec 15 - 10:22 PM

Nic Batum made 2-of-7 from the field for five points with three rebounds, 10 assists and two steals in 37 minutes against the Heat on Friday.

For the first time this season, Batum did not shoot a 3-pointer. His confidence does seem to be down on his shot, which makes sense because he's really struggled all year. Maybe he'll get better once his elbow is clearly 100 percent, but Batum is likely going to be in the low 40s at best on field goal percentage. He's still worth owning, but his owners should consider benching him.
Dec 15 - 9:49 PM

Kemba Walker will try to play through a left wrist strain in the second half of Friday's game vs. the Heat.

He had his wrist taped at the half and the good news is that this isn't his shooting hand. It's not a lock that Walker will be able to finish this game, so stay tuned for updates.
Dec 15 - 8:21 PM

Kemba Walker left Friday's game vs. the Heat and went back to the locker room.

Maybe he tweaked his shoulder again. Walker went to the bench first and was being examined by a trainer, but he walked back to the locker room a couple minutes later and appeared to be shaking his right arm. We should have an update momentarily.
Dec 15 - 8:03 PM

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


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