McDaniels finished with nine points (4-7 FG, 1-2 3Pt), three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block across 29 minutes Sunday in the Hornets' 105-101 loss to the Hawks. Making his third consecutive start, McDaniels' outing was nearly cut short by a facial laceration that he suffered early in the contest, but he was back on the court for the start of the second half. McDaniels' overall production dropped off after he totaled 40 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists between the previous two contests, but the minutes load he received despite missing time with the injury was an encouraging sign. With Gordon Hayward (wrist) and LaMelo Ball (foot) both expected to miss at least a couple more weeks, and P.J. Washington (ankle) and Malik Monk (ankle) also banged up, McDaniels looks poised to remain in a high-minute role during Charlotte's upcoming four-game week.
McDaniels (face) is available to return to Sunday's game against Atlanta, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reports. McDaniels had to go to the locker room in the first half after suffering a face laceration, but it's not serious enough for the team to rule him out of the rest of the game. In the first half, McDaniels scored five points across 11 minutes.
McDaniels scored 19 points (7-11 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT) while adding six rebounds, five assists, two blocks and a steal in 31 minutes during Friday's win over the Bucks. Every member of Charlotte's starting five scored at least 18 points, and McDaniels had the most well-rounded stat line of the bunch. The second-year forward has started the last two games with Bismack Biyombo bumped from the rotation, and McDaniels has responded with two strong efforts in two Hornets victories.
McDaniels went for 21 points (9-14 FG, 3-6 3Pt), six rebounds, three assists and two steals over 32 minutes during Wednesday's win over the Thunder. Getting just the second start of his young career, McDaniels registered a career high in points and tied his best in steals. Stepping in for the injured Gordon Hayward (foot), McDaniels' performance drew praise from head coach James Borrego. Look for him to see extended time down the stretch, especially while Hayward remains out.
McDaniels will start in Wednesday's game against the Thunder, Sam Perley of the Hornets' official site reports. McDaniels will replace Bismack Biyombo in the Hornets' starting lineup Wednesday, while P.J. Washington will shift to the center spot. McDaniels saw 17 minutes in Sunday's loss to the Celtics -- the most he's played since Feb. 22. He's averaging 4.2 points and 2.0 rebounds over 10.8 minutes per game this season.
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