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Hornets' Nick Smith: Assigned to G League
The Hornets assigned Nick Smith to the Greensboro Swarm of the G League on Monday.
This is the first G League assignment of the season for Smith. The rookie hasn't been utilized much in Charlotte, appearing in eight games with an average of 7.1 minutes per contest.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Nick Richards: Fails to crack 10 minutes in return
Richards (concussion) logged nine minutes and provided four points (1-3 FG, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in Saturday's 123-117 loss to the Timberwolves.
Though head coach Steve Clifford ran a tight nine-man rotation Saturday, the Hornets' streamlined bench didn't necessarily open up more playing time for Richards, who was making his return from a six-game absence due to a concussion. With Miles Bridges having recently returned from his season-opening suspension shortly before Richards sustained his concussion, the latter could see his minutes outlook suffer moving forward now that the Charlotte frontcourt is more crowded. P.J. Washington has recently moved to the second unit and now profiles as the top big man off the bench, with his ability to serve as a small-ball center perhaps cutting into Richards' role as Mark Williams' primary backup.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Brandon Miller: Scores 14 in return
Miller finished Saturday's 123-117 loss to the Timberwolves with 14 points (5-13 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, three assists and two blocks across 36 minutes.
Miller missed Thursday's game versus the Nets with a minor ankle issue, but he appeared to be moving around well Saturday. Miller has seen heavy workloads in his first two games without LaMelo Ball (ankle, out), averaging 16.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.0 blocks and 3.0 three-pointers in 36.0 minutes.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Terry Rozier: Puts up 23 points
Rozier amassed 23 points (8-20 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 4-5 FT), six rebounds, seven assists and two steals across 35 minutes during Saturday's 123-117 loss to the Timberwolves.
Rozier led the Hornets in scoring for the second straight game, and that will likely be a common theme in the absence of LaMelo Ball (ankle). In his last three games without Ball, Rozier averaged 23.7 points, 8.3 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 3.3 three-pointers. During that stretch, Rozier has produced fourth-round value in standard nine-category leagues.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Bryce McGowens: Returns to bench
McGowens isn't in the starting five for Saturday's game versus the Timberwolves.
Brandon Miller will reclaim his starting spot from McGowens after missing the previous game with an ankle injury. McGowens is averaging 4.7 points and 1.9 rebounds in 15.9 minutes across his last 10 appearances coming off the bench this season.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Nick Richards: Set to play against Minnesota
Richards (concussion) is available for Saturday's game versus the Timberwolves.
Richards has been upgraded from questionable to available Saturday after missing the previous six games with a concussion. Richards will likely serve as the backup center to Mark Williams but could be put on a minutes restriction.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Brandon Miller: Good to go Saturday
Miller (ankle) is available for Saturday's game versus the Timberwolves.
Miller has been upgraded from questionable to available Saturday after missing the previous game with a left ankle sprain. The rookie forward will likely replace Bryce McGowens in the starting five.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Frank Ntilikina: Remains out
Ntilikina (lower leg) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against Minnesota.
Ntilikina continues to recover from a left tibia fracture. He's recently begun individual workouts again, but it's unclear when he'll be cleared to make his season debut.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Nick Richards: Questionable for Saturday
Richards (concussion) is questionable for Saturday's game against Minnesota.
Richards has missed the last six matchups due to a concussion, but it's encouraging that he's labeled as questionable for Saturday's game rather than being immediately ruled out. If he's cleared to suit up against the Timberwolves, Richards could face a minutes restriction.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Brandon Miller: Listed as questionable
Miller (ankle) is questionable for Saturday's game against Minnesota.
Miller missed Thursday's one-point win over the Nets due to an ankle injury but has a chance to return Saturday. With LaMelo Ball (ankle) sidelined, Miller would likely be a focal point of Charlotte's offense if he's cleared to suit up.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Nick Smith: Perfect from three in win
Smith recorded a career-high nine points (3-4 FG, 3-3 3Pt) along with one rebound and one block across 14 minutes in Thursday's 129-128 victory over the Nets.
It appears Smith will get more opportunities off the bench after an MRI confirmed LaMelo Ball sustained a right ankle sprain, sidelining him for at least a week. In Smith's last six games, he has averaged 8.7 minutes per game, so expect that to trend upwards in the immediate future.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' P.J. Washington: Contributes across board
Washington finished Thursday's 129-128 win over the Nets with 10 points (2-11 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 4-4 FT), eight rebounds, five assists, two blocks and three steals in 33 minutes.
Brandon Miller (ankle) sat out Thursday's game, and although Washington didn't get the start, he reached 33 minutes for the first time since Nov. 18. Miles Bridges is clearly the favored option at power forward for Charlotte, but Washington's ability to contribute across the box score will help to keep his fantasy value afloat as a key part of the second unit.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Bryce McGowens: Scores 14 points in start
McGowens posted 14 points (5-7 FG, 4-5 3Pt), two rebounds, three assists and one block across 22 minutes during Thursday's 129-128 win over the Nets.
McGowens drew the start in place of Brandon Miller, who is day-to-day with an ankle issue. McGowens' 14 points marked a season high, and it was the third time this season he scored in double figures. With LaMelo Ball (ankle) sidelined for multiple games, McGowens could see his fantasy value trend up if Miller also misses more time, as the Hornets need some floor spacing.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Terry Rozier: Scores season-high 37 points
Rozier produced 37 points (13-25 FG, 7-9 3Pt, 4-4 FT), four rebounds, 13 assists and two steals across 40 minutes during Thursday's 129-128 win over the Nets.
Rozier's 37 points mark a season high, and he finished six points shy of his career high (43). This is what fantasy managers want to see from Rozier in the absence of LaMelo Ball (ankle), as they were left disappointed when Rozier was held to 11 points in 33 minutes against the Knicks on Tuesday. Expect heavy usage from Rozier for the foreseeable future.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Will be re-evaluated in one week
Ball will be re-evaluated in one week after an MRI confirmed his right ankle sprain.
This means Ball will be re-evaluated around Dec. 7. However, this does not mean that he'll return right away, as Shams Charania of The Athletic previously reported that Ball will miss extended time. Considering Ball's injury history, the Hornets will obviously proceed with caution.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Bryce McGowens: Starting Thursday
McGowens will start Thursday's game against the Nets, Sam Perley of the Hornets' official site reports.
McGowens came off the bench in his first 11 appearances of the season but will join the starting lineup for the first time with Brandon Miller (ankle) unavailable Thursday. McGowens started seven games for the Hornets last year and averaged 13.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 29.1 minutes per game during those appearances.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Brandon Miller: Won't play Thursday
Miller (ankle) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Nets.
Miller was questionable for Thursday's matchup due to his left ankle injury, and he'll be unavailable for the second time this season. Bryce McGowens, JT Thor and Nick Smith could see additional playing time against Brooklyn, while Miller's next chance to suit up will be Saturday against Minnesota.... See More ... See Less
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