Monk produced 13 points (6-14 FG, 1-6 3Pt), five assists, three rebounds and one block across 21 minutes during a 125-111 loss to the Nets on Thursday.
Monk reached double figures in scoring for the first time since November in Thursday's loss. He was able to do so because the 21 minutes he received were also the most he's been given since November. It wouldn't be surprising to see the team give the rookie a slightly larger role to end the season. But don't expect efficient efforts from Monk, who is shooting a touch above 32 percent from the field on the season.
Monk (upper body) is not on the injury report in advance of Thursday's tilt against the Nets.
Monk suffered upper body injuries over the All-Star break due to a car accident, which resulted in him missing most of Tuesday's practice. But, he's apparently recovered enough to be active for Thursday's contest. That said, he's been in and out of the rotation lately, playing in just three of the team's past seven games, averaging 4.7 minutes when he does see the floor.
Monk suffered upper body injuries following a car accident over the All-Star break, which forced the rookie to miss the majority of practice Tuesday, Rick Bonnell of The Charolette Observer reports.
The injuries don't seem all that serious, as Monk was still able to get some shots up during the second-half of practice. According to head coach Steve Clifford, Monk is feeling better but will need some time to get past the soreness. Barring any major setbacks, he seems likely to be ready for Thursday's matchup with the Nets.
Monk finished with zero points (0-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and one steal in three minutes during Monday's 121-104 loss to the Nuggets.
Monk is averaging just 4.6 minutes per game over his last five appearances, and he hasn't seen the floor at all in 11 of the last 20 contests. Michael Carter-Williams is operating in the backup point guard role behind Kemba Walker, and Monk has not been a reliable part of the rotation since the first 10 games of the season.
Monk will be in line for increased minutes Saturday against the Heat.
With Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder) out of action, coach Steve Clifford indicated that Monk will move back into the rotation as the backup to Kemba Walker. The rookie fell out of the rotation earlier this season and has been a DNP-CD in three of the last four games.
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