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27-22 7-3 W2
25-24 7-3 W1
22-26 5-5 W4
19-29 5-5 W2
14-36 3-7 W1

Top Hornets News

  • Hornets' Gordon Hayward: Posts solid all-around showing

    Hayward ended Thursday's 111-96 victory over the Bulls with 17 points (6-10 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 5-5 FT), one rebound, three assists, one block and two steals in 25 minutes.

    Hayward failed to knock down a shot from beyond the arc, but he managed to hit 60.0 percent of his attempts from inside the three-point line. The Hornets will likely continue to monitor Hayward closely to ensure he doesn't aggravate the hamstring injury that's forced him to miss nine of his squad's last 12 games. However, he seems to have escaped Thursday's clash without any setbacks.

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  • Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Rough shooting night in return

    Ball (ankle/wrist) finished Thursday's 111-96 win over the Bulls with 15 points (2-15 FG, 2-11 3Pt, 9-10 FT), 11 rebounds and eight assists in 37 minutes.

    Though Ball's third multi-game absence of the season due to a left ankle sprain proved to be more short-lived than his prior two absences, the star point guard endured a rough night in his return to the lineup. Ball's season-long field-goal percentage dropped to 40 percent after the 2-for-15 outing, but he at least filled out the counting categories. Perhaps more importantly, Ball didn't face any limitations with his minutes, offering hope that his ankle -- as well as his more minor right wrist injury -- won't inhibit him moving forward.

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  • Hornets' Mason Plumlee: Reaches 20-point threshold

    Plumlee racked up 21 points (9-9 FG, 3-4 FT), 12 rebounds and four assists in 30 minutes during Thursday's 111-96 win over Chicago.

    Plumlee was perfect from the field and missed his only shot of the day at the free-throw line on four attempts. He's now secured seven double-doubles through 13 January appearances. He continues to be most valuable for fantasy managers in the scoring and rebounding categories. However, he's also shown that he can also make an impact as a passer, notching at least four assists in each of the last three games.

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  • Hornets' Terry Rozier: Effective from three

    Rozier produced 28 points (9-19 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 6-8 FT), five rebounds, two assists, one block and four steals over 35 minutes during Thursday's 111-96 win over the Bulls.

    Rozier did a good chunk of damage from beyond the arc, and he's now drained four triples in back-to-back matchups. He also showed up on the defensive end, collecting four steals. Rozier's quick hands have been on full display of late, as he's averaging 2.7 steals to go along with 24.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 4.5 assists over his last six games.

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  • Hornets' Jalen McDaniels: Not starting Thursday

    McDaniels will join the second unit for Thursday's game against the Bulls.

    McDaniels had started the Hornets' previous 11 contests as the team battled through various injuries but will slide to the bench for Thursday's contest with the team at full health outside of Cody Martin (knee). In 28 bench appearances, McDaniels has averaged 10.1 points and 4.9 rebounds across 25.4 minutes.

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  • Hornets' Bryce McGowens: Returns to bench

    McGowens will not start in Thursday's game against Chicago.

    McGowens appeared in the starting lineup for the first time in his career Tuesday with LaMelo Ball (ankle) and Gordon Hayward (hamstring) absent and managed five points, four rebounds and three assists over 22 minutes. However, with the pair healthy Thursday, McGowens will be relegated to his usual bench role.

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  • Hornets' Terry Rozier: Good to go Thursday

    Rozier (illness) will take the floor Thursday against the Bulls.

    Rozier claimed a probable tag on the injury report despite an illness, so his taking the floor doesn't come as a major surprise. However, LaMelo Ball (ankle, wrist) and Gordon Hayward (hamstring) are also returning to action Thursday, so Rozier will have to share with more scoring options.

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  • Hornets' Gordon Hayward: Good to go Thursday

    Hayward (hamstring) will play in Thursday's game against Chicago.

    As usual, Hayward's status essentially has to be handled on a game-to-game basis, but he'll return to action Thursday after missing Tuesday's loss to the Suns. This will be the veteran's 13th appearance since Thanksgiving, having missed 18 games during that stretch. Over his last 12 contests, Hayward is posting 10.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.0 steals per game.

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  • Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Cleared to play Thursday

    Ball (ankle, wrist) will make his return Thursday against the Bulls.

    Ball is back following a three-game absence and should return to the starting lineup. With Gordon Hayward (hamstring) also available, Dennis Smith, Bryce McGowens and Jalen McDaniels could see reduced roles. In January, Ball is averaging 23.2 points, 8.7 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 34.0 minutes.

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  • Hornets' Theo Maledon: Transferred to G League

    Maledon was transferred to the G League's Greensboro Swarm on Thursday.

    Maledon played 19 minutes for Charlotte on Tuesday but will head back to the G League two days later. He should have a much more prominent role during his time with the Swarm.

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  • Hornets' Kai Jones: Assigned to G League

    Jones was assigned to the G League's Greensboro Swarm on Thursday.

    Jones totaled 10 minutes over the Hornets' last two games but will head back to the G League. He's averaging 19.0 points and 9.4 rebounds in 30.7 minutes per game with the Swarm during the regular season.

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  • Hornets' Terry Rozier: Probable Thursday

    Rozier is probable for Thursday's game against Chicago due to an illness.

    Rozier was a late addition to Thursday's injury report but will likely be able to play through his illness against the Bulls. He's been on a tear in January, averaging 24.8 points, 4.7 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 35.6 minutes per game over 12 appearances.

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  • Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Considered questionable

    Ball (ankle/wrist) is questionable for Thursday's matchup against Chicago.

    Ball has missed three straight games due to a left ankle sprain and right wrist soreness. It's unclear if one issue is more severe than the other, but it doesn't look like he's making much progress. If Ball is sidelined for a fourth consecutive contest, Terry Rozier would presumably draw another start at point guard, while Dennis Smith and Bryce McGowens see extra minutes. Following Thursday's matchup, the Hornets' next game arrives Sunday against Miami.

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  • Hornets' Gordon Hayward: Listed as questionable

    Hayward (hamstring) is questionable for Thursday's matchup against the Bulls.

    Hayward sat out Tuesday's contest, the second night of a back-to-back set, to manage a left hamstring strain that already cost him eight games. On the surface, it looked like his absence was merely a rest day, and the veteran forward would be back in the mix against Chicago, but it appears the Hornets will take things one day at a time. Fantasy managers may have to wait until just before Thursday's 7:30 p.m. ET tipoff before getting Hayward's official availability for the contest.

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  • Hornets' Cody Martin: Out again

    Martin (knee) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Bulls.

    Martin will miss a sixth straight game due to left knee soreness. His next chance to suit up will come Sunday against Miami.

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  • Hornets' Mark Williams: Falls out of rotation Tuesday

    Williams played six minutes and finished with six points (2-4 FG, 2-2 FT) and two rebounds in Tuesday's 128-97 loss to the Suns.

    Despite garnering double-digit minutes in each of the Hornets' last four games while averaging 11.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.3 steals during that stretch, Williams was inexplicably dropped from head coach Steve Clifford's rotation in favor of Nick Richards. Williams still ended up seeing some run in garbage time and put up quality numbers during his time on the court, but the fact that he didn't get off the bench until late in the contest at least casts some doubt about his ability to receive a clear path to a starting role if top center Mason Plumlee is traded elsewhere ahead of the Feb. 9 deadline.

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  • Hornets' P.J. Washington: Piles up defensive stats in loss

    Washington finished with nine points (4-12 FG, 0-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four steals, two rebounds, two assists and one block across 33 minutes in Tuesday's 128-97 loss to the Suns.

    Just when he looked to be establishing some rhythm on the offensive end with 16 consecutive double-digit scoring performances, Washington posted 12 points on 5-for-19 shooting from the field and 0-for-8 shooting from three-point range between the two games of the Hornets' back-to-back set to kick off the week. Washington was able to salvage his night to some extent with his production in the defensive categories, but the poor shooting game was another reminder of the consistency issues that have plagued him during the first four seasons of his career. The 24-year-old remains a much more palatable option for fantasy managers who are punting either the field-goal percentage or free-throw percentage categories and don't have to worry about his occasional bouts of inefficiency.

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  • Hornets' Nick Richards: Plays ahead of Mark Williams

    Richards finished Tuesday's 128-97 loss to the Suns with four points (1-2 FG, 2-4 FT), three rebounds and three blocks in 17 minutes off the bench.

    After playing nothing more than garbage-time minutes over each of his last four games, Richards surprisingly re-entered head coach Steve Clifford's rotation as the primary backup to Mason Plumlee. Though he excelled as a shot blocker, Richards was a minus-18 during his time on the court and may not have done enough to permanently stave off promising rookie Mark Williams for the No. 2 center role. Perhaps Clifford just wanted to keep Richards involved after Williams had recently leapfrogged him in the rotation, but the Hornets' second unit is now worth monitoring over the next few games to see which of the two is the preferred backup option behind Plumlee.

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Team Statistical Rankings

PTS/G OPP PTS/G
Team 112.0
(25th)
118.6
(28th)

Injuries

Player Injury
K. Oubre Jr. SG Kelly Oubre Jr. SG Hand
C. Martin SG Cody Martin SG Knee

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