Player News - Hornets

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Malik Monk couldn't break out of his shooting slump on Tuesday vs. Cleveland, scoring six points with two rebounds, two assists and one steal in 23 minutes.

He missed all eight of his 3-point attempts and hasn't been able to buy a basket for over a week -- he's a combined 7-of-37 from the field over his last three games. Jeremy Lamb has simply been the better player and fantasy asset and is cruising with top-75 value, while Monk should be benched in deeper leagues until he heats back up.
Nov 13 - 9:37 PM

Jeremy Lamb scored a season-high 22 points vs. the Cavaliers on Tuesday, hitting 8-of-16 shots and 5-of-5 free throws.

He was the lone bright spot for Charlotte as his team was blown out in Cleveland. Lamb added six rebounds, two assists, three steals, one triple and three turnovers and has been hot in November, shooting 50% from the field. Despite playing just 25 minutes per game, Lamb still has top-75 value in 9-category leagues for his efficient scoring and low turnovers (0.9).
Nov 13 - 9:31 PM

Kemba Walker scored a season-low seven points in Tuesday's 113-89 loss to the Cavaliers.

Yes, you read that right. Kemba has been on a tear this season with 27.9 points per game prior to Tuesday, but hit just 2-of-16 shots and 2-of-5 free throws with six assists, four rebounds, two steals, one block, one triple and one turnover in 36 minutes against the NBA's worst rated defense. To make matters worse, fantasy owners who started him in weekly leagues will only be able to deploy him one more time with Charlotte off until Saturday's game vs. Philly. Maybe his back issue from last week limited him, but this was likely just a rare off night for the All-Star.
Nov 13 - 9:22 PM

Miles Bridges was held to five points, two rebounds and a triple in 16 minutes vs. the Cavaliers on Tuesday.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (right ankle) sat this one out and could miss more time considering he's in a walking boot. Coach James Borrego talked about giving Bridges more run in MKG's place over the weekend, but obviously that didn't happen with the rookie playing fewer than 20 minutes for the first time since Nov. 3. He's just a stash in deeper leagues until his minutes and production are stable.
Nov 13 - 9:15 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (right ankle) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Cavs.

MKG was forced out of Sunday's game with the ankle injury and was spotted in a walking boot, and it's not a great sign that he's being ruled out a full 24-hours in advance of tip-off. He could miss at least a few games for Charlotte, which will open up some more opportunity for Miles Bridges. That said, Bridges has been too inconsistent this season to trust in most settings.
Nov 12 - 3:19 PM

Hornets coach James Boreego said Dwayne Bacon has been making a case for more minutes.

"He’s putting pressure on me to put him out there," Borrego said. "Where we go from here, I don’t quite know yet, but his job is to continue to put pressure on me to play him." Bacon replaced a struggling Nicolas Batum down the stretch of Charlotte's loss to Philly and scored 15 points in 23 minutes, only to play 22 seconds in his next outing. Borrego cited the crowded rotation as the reason why, but the left the door open for changes down the road.
Nov 12 - 9:55 AM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (sprained right ankle) was wearing a walking boot after Sunday's game but he suggested that he's day-to-day.

MKG landed on a teammate's foot following a block and he said he's less worried than he was initially. "As I calmed down," he said in the locker room afterward, "I'm fine." The Hornets play on Tuesday and owners should consider him iffy for that game -- a DNP could bump up Miles Bridges' stock and lead to more small-ball lineups.
Nov 11 - 7:02 PM

Miles Bridges put up eight points, eight rebounds, two assists, one block and one turnover in 24 minutes off the bench on Sunday.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist exited the game early with a sprained ankle, and if he's forced to miss time, Bridges might be able to flirt with minutes in the upper-20s. However, with averages of just 7.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game this season, he's not worth owning in most leagues.
Nov 11 - 6:44 PM

Dwayne Bacon was only on the floor for 22 seconds during Sunday's win over the Pistons.

Bacon randomly came through with 15 points on Friday, but he was back to being a non-factor in the rotation tonight. As long as the team is healthy, Bacon won't be worth owning in any format.
Nov 11 - 6:44 PM

Tony Parker hit 11-of-18 shots for 24 points on Sunday, to go with two 3-pointers, three rebounds, four assists and two turnovers in 24 minutes off the bench.

Parker has had a few nice games this season, but on the year as a whole, he's been far too inconsistent to trust in most 12-team leagues. When he's not scoring, he's really not doing much for you, and it's tough to envision the 36-year-old consistently producing while operating in an 18-minute bench role for Charlotte.
Nov 11 - 6:43 PM

Malik Monk missed all five of his shot attempts during Sunday's win in Detroit, finishing with four points, five rebounds, two assists and one turnover in 18 minutes.

Monk got all his points at the line, and this was just his second game of the year without a single 3-pointer (0-of-3 from beyond the arc). He had been riding a five-game hot streak heading into this one, so he should be able to bounce back on Tuesday with a much more favorable matchup against the Cavs.
Nov 11 - 6:43 PM

Nicolas Batum finished Sunday's win over the Pistons with five points, eight rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer, two steals, one block and three turnovers in 34 minutes.

Batum went just 2-of-6 from the field in this one, but overall, lame shooting hasn’t been much of an issue for him this season. However, this was his second straight game with just five points, and he’s now been held to single digits in the scoring department in three of his past four outings. He's attempting just 8.3 shots per game this season, which is his lowest number since joining the Hornets, and that seems unlikely to change.
Nov 11 - 6:43 PM

Jeremy Lamb (groin) netted 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting Sunday, to go with two 3-pointers, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and one turnover in 23 minutes.

Lamb tweaked his groin on Friday, but he was moving around fine today and played his usual minutes, so the groin issue should be a non-factor moving forward. Lamb won’t wow you, but his steady production in points (12.4), triples (1.4) and steals (1.2) with almost zero turnovers (0.8) makes him worth owning in most leagues.
Nov 11 - 6:42 PM

Kemba Walker scored 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting during Sunday's easy win in Detroit, adding eight assists, two 3-pointers and three rebounds across 36 minutes.

Walker got whatever he wanted in this one as he abused Reggie Jackson on both ends of the floor, and as an added bonus for 9-cat owners, he only committed one turnover. Walker tweaked his back on Friday, but that was a complete non-issue today, so he should be fine moving forward.
Nov 11 - 6:42 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist exited Sunday's game with a right ankle sprain and he will not return.

MKG came down awkwardly on his right ankle after swatting Stanely Johnson's shot, and while he was able to get off the court under his own power, he was sporting a very obvious limp. For now, we'll be considering him questionable for Tuesday's game in Cleveland, and if he needs to miss time, that could open up some run for Miles Bridges.
Nov 11 - 4:11 PM


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