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Hornets' Nick Smith: Returns to G League
The Hornets assigned Smith to the Greensboro Swarm of the G League on Thursday.
Smith's assignment to the Swarm marks his second of the season. The rookie guard has been an inconsistent part of Charlotte's rotation and should receive extended playing time in the G League.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Terry Rozier: Lifts offense in loss
Rozier ended with 25 points (10-24 FG, 1-11 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five rebounds, seven assists, two blocks and one steal across 40 minutes during Wednesday's 111-100 loss to the Bulls.
Rozier provided a spark offensively for Charlotte, leading all players in Wednesday's game in assists while finishing second on the team in scoring and adding a handful of rebounds. Rozier has posted at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists in three games this season, including in two straight outings.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Gordon Hayward: Leading scorer in defeat
Hayward produced 27 points (10-18 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 5-5 FT), four rebounds, four assists, one block and two steals over 35 minutes during Wednesday's 111-100 loss to the Bulls.
Hayward led all Hornets in scoring while putting together a two-way performance that included strong play both offensively and defensively. Hayward tied a season-high in scoring in the loss, now having posted at least 20 points in six games this year.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Nick Richards: Top rebounder in first start
Richards chipped in six points (2-4 FG, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds, three blocks and one steal in 28 minutes during Wednesday's 111-100 loss to the Bulls.
Richards made his first start of the 2023-24 season with Mark Williams (back) sidelined, leading all Hornets in rebounds and blocks in a losing effort. Richards has hauled in 10 or more rebounds in three games this season, tallying three or blocks in two outings.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Nick Richards: Starting sans Williams
Richards will enter the first unit for Wednesday's game against the Bulls.
Richards will make his first start of 2023-24 with Mark Williams (back) sidelined. In nine starts last season, Richards averaged 10.9 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks across 26.1 minutes, making him a very intriguing streamer and daily fantasy option.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Mark Williams: Ruled out
Williams (back) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Bulls.
Williams has been downgraded from questionable to out and will miss his first game of the season. In Williams' absence, Nick Richards, who recently returned from a six-game absence due to a concussion, will likely start at center. However, Charlotte may opt to run out some smaller lineups with P.J. Washington or Miles Bridges at the five.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Nick Smith: Recalled to Charlotte
Smith was called up to Charlotte's main roster Tuesday evening.
Smith made his G League debut with the Greensboro Swarm earlier in the day Tuesday, delivering 21 points, three rebounds and three assists in a win over Capital City. His matinee cameo ends with a return to the Hornets, where he's averaged 4.0 points in 7.1 minutes per game across eight appearances this season... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Frank Ntilikina: Still sidelined
Ntilikina (lower leg) is out for Wednesday's game versus the Bulls.
Ntilikina will miss his 19th straight game to start the season Wednesday due to a lower left leg fracture. His next chance to suit up is Friday's matchup with Toronto.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Mark Williams: Iffy against Chicago
Williams is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game versus the Bulls due to a low back contusion.
Williams has enjoyed a strong sophomore campaign, averaging a double-double across his first 18 appearances. However, he is in danger of missing his first game of the season due to a back injury. If Williams is ruled out, Nick Richards would likely receive extended minutes.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Nick Smith: Assigned to G League
The Hornets assigned Nick Smith to the Greensboro Swarm of the G League on Monday.
This is the first G League assignment of the season for Smith. The rookie hasn't been utilized much in Charlotte, appearing in eight games with an average of 7.1 minutes per contest.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Nick Richards: Fails to crack 10 minutes in return
Richards (concussion) logged nine minutes and provided four points (1-3 FG, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in Saturday's 123-117 loss to the Timberwolves.
Though head coach Steve Clifford ran a tight nine-man rotation Saturday, the Hornets' streamlined bench didn't necessarily open up more playing time for Richards, who was making his return from a six-game absence due to a concussion. With Miles Bridges having recently returned from his season-opening suspension shortly before Richards sustained his concussion, the latter could see his minutes outlook suffer moving forward now that the Charlotte frontcourt is more crowded. P.J. Washington has recently moved to the second unit and now profiles as the top big man off the bench, with his ability to serve as a small-ball center perhaps cutting into Richards' role as Mark Williams' primary backup.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Brandon Miller: Scores 14 in return
Miller finished Saturday's 123-117 loss to the Timberwolves with 14 points (5-13 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, three assists and two blocks across 36 minutes.
Miller missed Thursday's game versus the Nets with a minor ankle issue, but he appeared to be moving around well Saturday. Miller has seen heavy workloads in his first two games without LaMelo Ball (ankle, out), averaging 16.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.0 blocks and 3.0 three-pointers in 36.0 minutes.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Terry Rozier: Puts up 23 points
Rozier amassed 23 points (8-20 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 4-5 FT), six rebounds, seven assists and two steals across 35 minutes during Saturday's 123-117 loss to the Timberwolves.
Rozier led the Hornets in scoring for the second straight game, and that will likely be a common theme in the absence of LaMelo Ball (ankle). In his last three games without Ball, Rozier averaged 23.7 points, 8.3 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 3.3 three-pointers. During that stretch, Rozier has produced fourth-round value in standard nine-category leagues.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Bryce McGowens: Returns to bench
McGowens isn't in the starting five for Saturday's game versus the Timberwolves.
Brandon Miller will reclaim his starting spot from McGowens after missing the previous game with an ankle injury. McGowens is averaging 4.7 points and 1.9 rebounds in 15.9 minutes across his last 10 appearances coming off the bench this season.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Nick Richards: Set to play against Minnesota
Richards (concussion) is available for Saturday's game versus the Timberwolves.
Richards has been upgraded from questionable to available Saturday after missing the previous six games with a concussion. Richards will likely serve as the backup center to Mark Williams but could be put on a minutes restriction.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Brandon Miller: Good to go Saturday
Miller (ankle) is available for Saturday's game versus the Timberwolves.
Miller has been upgraded from questionable to available Saturday after missing the previous game with a left ankle sprain. The rookie forward will likely replace Bryce McGowens in the starting five.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Frank Ntilikina: Remains out
Ntilikina (lower leg) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against Minnesota.
Ntilikina continues to recover from a left tibia fracture. He's recently begun individual workouts again, but it's unclear when he'll be cleared to make his season debut.... See More ... See Less
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