Belinelli (jaw) returned to the lineup for Italy in their Olympic qualifying game Monday against Tunisia, the Associated Press reports. He scored 11 points in the Italians' 68-41 win. Belinelli suffered a jaw bone fracture a week earlier, but after getting fitted for a mask, the shooting guard was cleared to return to the court. The 30-year-old should be good to go for the rest of the summer for the Italian team, a reassuring sign for the Hornets, who acquired the shooting guard in a draft-day trade with the Kings back on June 23.
Belinelli is dealing with just a minor fracture in his jaw and should be able to play with a mask moving forward, Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times reports. Belinelli suffered a broken jaw Sunday during an exhibition game with the Italian national team, but after further diagnosis, it appears the fracture is just a minor one. He's expected to return to the court and will be able to play as long as he's wearing a mask moving forward, which only furthers his chances of being ready for the Hornets' training camp. Belinelli was recently traded to the Hornets and is expected to provide them with a shooting specialist off the bench.
Belinelli suffered a broken jaw while playing in an exhibition game with Italy on Sunday, the Charlotte Observer reports. Belinelli's injury comes just days after the Hornets agreed to acquire him via trade on draft night, and while that deal can't be completed until after July 7, the Italian's broken jaw is not expected to prevent the trade from going through. Rather, Belinelli's injury could impact his availability for next month's Olympic qualifying tournament in Italy. Regardless, the veteran should be ready for the start of the next NBA season, when he figures to add a proven shooter to the Hornets' rotation.
Belinelli sustained a broken jaw Sunday while playing in an exhibition game with the Italian national team, the Charlotte Observer reports. Belinelli, who the Hornets acquired in a draft night deal with the Kings, is without a return timetable, but he's currently remaining with Team Italy, which begins Olympic qualifying play next month. Surgery will presumably be necessary to repair Belinelli's jaw, potentially knocking out of Olympic competition. But with just over four months until the start of the 2016-17 NBA season, there would seem to be a good chance he'll be ready for opening night.
Belinelli suffered an injury to his left eye in an exhibition game for Team Italy on Sunday, Daniele Labanti of the Corriere di Bologna reports. Belinelli, who was traded to the Hornets during Thursday's night NBA Draft, visited the hospital after suffering the injury. The specifics of the injury are still unknown, but the Italian-native could be in danger of missing the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro if the injury is an orbital fracture. However, the veteran sharp-shooter should be ready for the beginning of the NBA season.
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