Monk had a decent game scoring, putting out most of his points on four made threes. Despite a chance to sneak into the playoffs, lineup changes have been made frequently, and it's unclear what Monk's role on the team will be moving forward. The Hornets are just 3.0 games back of the Eastern Conference's eighth and final spot, but the Hornets appear to be a team looking toward the future, beyond this season.
Monk had just three points, two assists, and one steal in three minutes during Saturday's 131-114 loss to the Bucks.
Monk played three minutes in Saturday's loss, his first time on the court in almost two weeks. After a relatively strong start to the season, Monk has fallen off in a big way in both reality and fantasy. There should be no one holding him at this stage and his future is certainly very uncertain at this stage.
After a five-game stretch from Jan. 28 through Feb. 5 in which he averaged 16.0 points on 44.3 percent shooting from the field, Monk looked like he could be poised to see his role expand in the final couple months of the season. His outlook took a turn for the worse, however, when Jeremy Lamb stayed put at the trade deadline, locking Monk into a reserve role until further notice. While he showed well Thursday, Monk only received elevated playing time due to the blowout and had been poor in the prior three contests, shooting a combined 4-for-16 from the field.
Monk finished with 18 points (6-9 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 5-5 FT), three rebounds, five assists and a block in 20 minutes Saturday against the Bulls.
Monk was only on the court for 20 minutes, but he made the most of his chances by draining an impressive 66.7 percent of his shot attempts. He also showed value in other categories, notching three boards, five assists and a block on the way to a 125-118 victory at the Spectrum Center. After being held scoreless in 12 minutes Jan. 25 against Milwaukee, the Kentucky product has responded with four straight games of 14 points or more.
Monk had 20 points (6-15 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 4-4 FT), three rebounds and a block in 26 minutes Friday against Memphis.
Monk has been on a roll of late, registering three straight games of 14 or more points following Friday night's showing. He's also seen an uptick in playing time over that stretch, averaging 24.7 minutes per contest, which is above his season average of 18.6 minutes game. Monk will face another favorable matchup Saturday against Chicago.
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