Walker put up 17 points (5-14 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six assists, four rebounds and three steals across 32 minutes in Thursday's 96-88 preseason win over the Heat.
Walker had skipped the Hornets' morning shootaround Thursday to have doctors evaluate his surgically-repaired left knee, but with everything checking out fine, the point guard was cleared to suit up and turned in his highest scoring and assist total of the preseason. The 26-year-old's preseason numbers haven't jumped off the page, but that's likely a byproduct of coach Steve Clifford carefully managing Walker's minutes in advance of the regular season. He'll be ready to take on a full workload when the 2016-17 campaign kicks off next week.
It's reportedly just a check-up for Walker, who had surgery on the knee back in May but hasn't experienced any setbacks. Everything is expected to check out OK, so as long as there aren't any surprises, Walker should be able to suit up later Thursday evening against the Heat. Walker has seen his minutes gradually increase throughout the preseason and should be ready for a full minutes load for the Oct. 26 season opener against the Bucks.
Walker scored 11 points (4-15 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT) to go along with eight rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one block in 27 minutes during Monday's preseason win over the Bulls.
Walker continues to see his minutes slowly increase as the Hornets remain cautious with their star player, as he is coming off of knee surgery in May. The 26-year-old appears to be nearing 100 percent, having his best night of the preseason so far, posting highs in rebounds, assists, blocks and steals.
Walker registered 15 points (6-11 FG, 3-6 3Pt), five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one blocked shot across 24 minutes in Monday's 98-86 preseason loss to the Timberwolves.
The Hornets put a cap on Walker's minutes for a third straight game, but he turned in his best outing of the preseason, shooting well from both the field and three-point range. The 26-year-old took a dramatic step forward last season with career-high averages of 20.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.2 three-pointers per game, and he'll make for a trusty early-round target in fantasy drafts again in 2016-17.
Coming off of knee surgery in May, Walker has been handled gently to begin training camp, but he's played in each of the last two games after missing the team's exhibition opener. Walker saw nine minutes Thursday against Boston and played 15 minutes in the rematch Saturday. The 26-year-old will still be restricted Monday, but it's nonetheless encouraging that his minutes load continues to increase, and all signs point to Walker being at full strength when the regular season begins.
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