Zeller (knee) will be available for Wednesday's season opener against the Bucks, Rick Bonnel of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Just days earlier, it looked like Zeller wouldn't be ready to for the start of the regular season after missing all of preseason play, but with the big man returning to full-contact practice over the past three days, he's apparently made enough progress in his recovering from a bone bruise on his right knee. Barring a setback at Wednesday's morning shootaround, Zeller should be part of coach Steve Clifford's Opening Night rotation, though it's expected that he'll be held to an undisclosed minute restriction. Roy Hibbert will presumably get the start at center, but Zeller should challenge for those duties once he regains conditioning, and profiles as the better long-term fantasy option of the two.
With full practices under his belt in back-to-back days, Zeller seems to making progress in his recovery from a bone bruise on his right knee, an injury that has limited him for much of training camp. Due to the extensive time he missed, Zeller remains questionable for Wednesday's opener, and even if he does play, he'll likely face a minutes restriction. The
Zeller (knee) was able to take contact at Sunday's practice, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Zeller missed the entirety of the Hornets' preseason schedule, but has been gradually working his way back into the swings of things and was even able to participate in contact portions of Sunday's practice. He remains questionable for Wednesday's regular season opener against the Bucks and we likely won't get final word on his status until the team's morning shootaround. With that said, Zeller may have some work to do to his conditioning in order and could be dealing with some soreness, so it wouldn't be a surprise if he was ultimately held out.
Zeller has been ruled out of Thursday's preseason matchup with the Heat.
Zeller has yet to see action during the preseason schedule, as he continues to work his way back from a bone bruise on his right knee. Roy Hibbert has been starting at center in his place throughout the exhibition schedule and is now the expected starter for the regular season opener on Oct. 26. Zeller has a lot of work to do to get himself back into game shape, so we could see his minutes restricted early on in the regular season once at full strength and available for game situations.
Zeller has been cleared for full contact for a week, but he was held out of action in Monday's preseason game against the Bulls, and this latest news would seem to imply that he's still bothered by the bone bruise on his right knee. Consider Zeller questionable for the
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