Hansbrough has been ruled out of Sunday's Game 7 against the Heat because of back spasms. Hansbrough has appeared in just two games so far during the playoffs, notching a total of five combined minutes over those contests. He'll get the night off again Sunday, as he's dealing with back spasms. Hansbrough wasn't in the regular rotation, so it shouldn't affect the Hornets' lineup much, if at all.
Hansbrough (coach's decision) didn't play in Tuesday's 115-103 loss to the Heat in Game 2 of the first-round playoff series. Though Hansbrough was called upon to play four minutes in the Game 1 loss, his run came in garbage time when the Heat held a comfortable lead. With the Game 2 margin of defeat being a little closer, coach Steve Clifford had no need to turn to Hansbrough, who remains behind Cody Zeller, Marvin Williams, Al Jefferson, Frank Kaminsky, and Spencer Hawes on the frontcourt depth chart.
Hansbrough (coach's decision) didn't see the floor in Monday's 91-88 win over the Spurs. Hansbrough may have gotten some run had the Hornets not mounted a 23-point comeback, but his status as a deep bench player once again kept him glued to the bench. He's appeared in just five of the Hornets' 12 March games, averaging 1.8 points and 1.4 rebounds over 4.6 minutes.
Hansbrough has appeared in just one of the Hornets' last five games. Unsurprisingly, Hansbrough was dropped from coach Steve Clifford's rotation when Cody Zeller (shoulder) returned to action Feb. 3, as the 30-year-old now ranks behind Zeller, Marvin Williams, Frank Kaminsky, and Spencer Hawes in the frontcourt rotation. The Hornets' frontcourt will only get more crowded once Al Jefferson (knee) is back in the fold in the second half, which will likely limit Hansbrough's appearances to mop-up duty in blowout contests.
Hansbrough registered 12 points (2-5 FG, 8-10 FT), 14 rebounds, two steals and a block over 23 minutes in Friday's 109-91 loss to the Trail Blazers. The 29-year-old played over 20 minutes for the third consecutive game, but put together a line he'd otherwise not come close to matching this season. Hansbrough set season highs across the stat sheet, with his scoring total largely boosted by his 10 visits to the charity stripe. The seven-year veteran's boost in playing time has been directly tied in to the depleted condition of the Hornets' frontcourt, but he could well be reduced to an array of single-digit allotments or DNPs once the likes of Cody Zeller (shoulder) and Al Jefferson (knee) return to full health.
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