Monk recorded eight points (3-7 FG, 2-5 3Pt), seven assists and a rebound in 23 minutes during Tuesday's 122-113 win over the Heat.
Monk is once again trying to make a statement for playing time in 2018, as he logged more preseason minutes than any other guard in 2017. Regardless of the current usage, Monk's value is dampened by the talent ahead of him on the roster. Barring an injury to Jeremy Lamb and/or Nic Batum, Monk should remain a role player from the bench moving forward.
The second-year guard was solid in his preseason debut after missing the opener on Friday. Monk saw action in 63 games during his rookie 2017-18 campaign and impressed at times, but his 36.0 percent success rate from the field left plenty to be desired. The Kentucky product will look to significantly improve those numbers during his second season while once again serving in a rotational backcourt role.
Monk (pelvis) isn't listed on the injury report ahead of Sunday's preseason matchup with the Celtics, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Monk had previously dealt with a bruised pelvis and was held out of Friday's preseason opener as a precaution. However, it was never expected to be anything serious and he'll now rejoin the team for Sunday's contest just a few days later. Considering it's the preseason, Monk likely won't play a full workload, but it's still encouraging that he's back to full strength. Monk is expected to slot in as the backup shooting guard to Jeremy Lamb.
Monk re-aggravated his pelvis contusion Thursday, but is still considered probable for Friday's preseason opener against the Celtics.
Monk missed Wednesday's morning practice with a bruised pelvis, but was able to return to action later that night. Despite the aggravation Thursday, the probable designation suggests it's an extremely minor issue. While the Hornets will likely keep his workload down, look for Monk to take the floor Friday in the team's preseason opener and he should slot in as the backup shooting guard to Jeremy Lamb right away.
Monk (pelvis) was a full participant at Tuesday evening's practice.
Monk was unable to participate in Tuesday morning's session due to a bruised pelvis, but he returned without restrictions in the evening. It looks like the Hornets were just exercising caution with their young sharpshooter. Although he struggled withe efficiency his rookie season, Monk had a hard time finding a rhythm with his minute average at 13.5 per game. However, new head coach James Borrego could be more inclined to give the 2017 lottery pick an extended leash in order to find his role with the team this season.
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