Player News - Hornets

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Marco Belinelli lit up the Raptors on Wednesday for 21 points, making 7-of-11 FGs and 5-of-6 FTs with five assists, two 3-pointers, one steal and one block.

The veteran sharp-shooter had just one turnover in 27 minutes, and his efforts helped the Hornets escape with an essential road win in Toronto, keeping their slim playoff hopes alive. Frank Kaminsky added 13 points, three 3-pointers, four boards and two assists tonight, and those are the only two Hornets reserves worth considering in most fantasy leagues.
Mar 30 - 12:00 AM

Cody Zeller fouled out of Wednesday's game without scoring a single point in 27 minutes.

Zeller grabbed six rebounds with four assists and one block, but overall it was a flop for fantasy purposes -- he's been on a steals binge lately, but didn't have any of those tonight, either. Zeller's been fabulous for the past few weeks, so most owners should simply shrug off this random dud.
Mar 29 - 11:59 PM

The Hornets used a big fourth quarter to overcome the Raptors on Wednesday, aided by Marvin Williams' 18 points, 12 rebounds, four 3-pointers, one assist and one steal.

Williams was coming off a poor game vs. the Bucks, but he compensated tonight with efficient 6-of-11 shooting and just one turnover in 35 minutes. The veteran has been a mediocre option on the season, due to a slow start, but over the past few weeks he's racking up top-50 roto value. He's been particularly good in 9-cat with an amazing two turnovers in his past 314 minutes of action.
Mar 29 - 11:57 PM

Kemba Walker needed 25 shots to score 19 points on Wednesday, making seven of his attempts with three 3-pointers, four rebounds and two assists.

Aided by a strong bench effort, the Hornets managed to hang on for a 110-106 victory, their fifth win in seven games. They haven't been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, but it wouldn't be a shock to see coach Steve Clifford give his veterans more rest if they drop a few games in the next week. That might not mean DNP-CDs, but even reduced playing time could have a major impact on fantasy matchups. We'll let you know if things start to trend in that direction.
Mar 29 - 11:55 PM

Miles Plumlee returned from a six-week absence on Wednesday, posting five points on 2-of-2 shooting with one rebound and two steals in 15 minutes.

Plumlee was cleared to play last Friday but coach Steve Clifford hasn't felt the need to use him. He was effective in his limited action tonight, but that was largely due to Cody Zeller's foul trouble, so it's unclear if he'll carve out a niche going forward. Don't expect any fantasy value.
Mar 29 - 11:54 PM

Marco Belinelli (face laceration) will be available for Wednesday against the Raptors.

He received seven stitches for the cut on his face and it sounds like he won't be limited. Belinelli's status means Jeremy Lamb likely won't be playing much while this also lowers the floor slightly for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
Mar 29 - 6:11 PM

Jeremy Lamb played 26 minutes off the bench on Tuesday and hit 6-of-11 shots and a 3-pointer on his way to 16 points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal.

He helped the Hornets make this a game, but they didn't get it done in the end. Lamb hadn't scored more than four points in his previous three games and simply got hot tonight. As long as his starting teammates are healthy, he has no fantasy value.
Mar 28 - 9:58 PM

Frank Kaminsky got hot in the second half of Tuesday's loss and hit 9-of-15 shots and two 3-pointers for 20 points, four boards and three assists in 28 minutes.

Cody Zeller was nearly invisible in his 29 minutes tonight and Kaminsky, along with Jeremy Lamb, helped lead the Hornets back and keep from making this one a blowout. Outside of an 0-for-9 dud last Friday, Kaminsky's been pretty good over the last few weeks.
Mar 28 - 9:56 PM

Cody Zeller hit all three of his shots on Tuesday, but finished with just eight points, one rebound, two steals and a block in 29 minutes of a 118-108 loss to the Bucks.

Zeller had scored in double figures in three straight games and was putting up solid numbers over his last several, but just sort of disappeared tonight. He's shooting it lights-out right now and should bounce back in his next game, as he came in averaging 15.3 points and 8.0 rebounds on 19-of-25 shooting over his previous three games.
Mar 28 - 9:42 PM

Nicolas Batum hit just 2-of-9 shots for five points, two rebounds, four assists and a steal in 29 minutes of Tuesday's 118-108 loss to the Bucks.

Marvin Williams hit 1-of-5 shots for six points and seven boards, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Cody Zeller also struggled in the loss. Kemba Walker came through with a nice game, but it was bench players Frank Kaminsky and Jeremy Lamb that brought the Hornets back to at least make it a game. Batum spent a lot of time matched up against defensive-wiz Giannis Antetokounmpo, and it showed in his stat line tonight.
Mar 28 - 9:38 PM

Kemba Walker made 10-of-18 from the field for 31 points against the Suns during a 120-106 win on Sunday, adding four rebounds, nine assists and four 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

That's his 13th game with 30-plus points this season to match his career high from last year. Even with a really rough six-game slump earlier this month, Kemba is performing very well since the break with averages of 24.2 points, 3.7 boards, 5.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 3.7 treys. The main reason why is Kemba has put up an awesome 70.3 effective field goal percentage on his catch-and-shoot attempts in his previous 16 games -- also 71.4 percent on his one-dribble treys. He's ballin'.
Mar 26 - 4:36 PM

Marvin Williams matched his career-high five 3-pointers on his way to 21 points against the Suns on Sunday, adding seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in 35 minutes.

He continues to just smash late in the season and it's really been a two-year breakout for a guy who fantasy owners ignored through most of his career. Credit to coach Steve Clifford here and Williams' defense has also been a big factor for keeping him on the court. Even after two great years, he'll probably be doubted again next year.
Mar 26 - 4:29 PM

Nicolas Batum scored 18 points with six rebounds, 10 assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Suns on Sunday.

He was just 6-of-15 from the field and the missed shots continue to be a problem these days. In his previous games since the break, Batum made just 28.1 percent from deep on 3.4 attempts, which has pulled him down to a woeful 38.5 percent from the field. He's still doing plenty in the other departments and did record his team-high 15th double-double this season. Batum should hold his mid-round value the rest of the way.
Mar 26 - 4:24 PM

Frank Kaminsky made 3-of-11 from the field for 10 points with seven rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes against the Suns on Sunday.

He's kind of back in a slump again. After an impressive 20-point game last week, Kaminsky averaged just 11.2 points, 5.4 boards, 2.4 assists, 0.8 blocks and 2.2 treys on just 31.0 percent from the field in his last five. Because of how his fantasy game is so dependent on him making shots, he can be annoying to own at times like these. He has the upside and role to have value, though.
Mar 26 - 4:18 PM

Jeremy Lamb scored two points with two rebounds in nine minutes against the Suns on Sunday.

His playing time has fallen off in a big way and some of it is because he's not playing well. Lamb won't have much value unless Marco Belinelli, Nic Batum or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist miss time.
Mar 26 - 4:14 PM


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