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Hornets' Cody Zeller: Steal production on rise
Zeller submitted 12 points (5-5 FG, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, three steals, two assists and one block across 26 minutes Sunday in the Hornets' 119-107 win over the Knicks.
Valued mainly by fantasy managers in deeper formats for his solid floor in terms of rebounding and field-goal percentage, Zeller has supplemented his usual dependability in those areas with an uptick in thefts. Zeller has scooped up at least two steals in his last three contests, boosting his average to 0.8 per game on the season. While not a significant output, there's still value in a center that can merely avoid putting up consistent zeroes in a given category.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Tony Parker: Another big game off bench
Parker tallied 16 points (6-13 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-6 FT), two rebounds, two assists and one steal across 17 minutes Sunday in the Hornets' 119-107 win over the Knicks.
Starting point guard Kemba Walker (31 minutes) played a little less than usual with the Hornets owning a 19-point lead entering the final quarter, affording Parker some extra time to direct the offense. Parker carved up the weak New York defense for his fourth double-digit scoring effort in five games, a span during which he's also chipped in 4.8 assists, two boards and one steal per contest. So long as Walker is healthy, Parker's fantasy upside will be capped, but the veteran could have some usefulness in deeper formats this week. The Hornets aren't exactly facing a murderer's row of opposing defenses during their three-game slate -- home contests against the Pistons, Knicks and Lakers -- so Parker has a good shot at maintaining his hot scoring run.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Jeremy Lamb: Strong run rages on
Lamb tallied 19 points (8-12 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds and one steal across 28 minutes Sunday in the Hornets' 119-107 win over the Knicks.
Lamb fell back to earth with a seven-point outing in the Hornets' previous contest Friday against the Nuggets, but he bounced back quickly with another impressive showing in the comfortable win over New York. The wing has now hit double figures in the scoring column in all but three of the Hornets' 26 contests this season, propping up his average at a career-high 15.1 points per game. Lamb is also sitting on personal-best marks in rebounds (5.6 per game), three-pointers (1.5) and steals (1.3) while delivering strong percentages from the floor and free-throw line, making him worthy of holding in just about every format.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Kemba Walker: Bounces back in Sunday's win
Walker registered 25 points (8-20 FG, 4-11 3Pt, 5-5 FT), six assists, six rebounds and four steals across 31 minutes Sunday in the Hornets' 119-107 win over the Knicks.
The Hornets held a 21-point edge heading into the fourth quarter, so Walker saw a few minutes less than he usually does. The depressed playing time didn't prevent Walker from delivering useful numbers across the board, including his best scoring total since Nov. 23. Walker had slumped to an average of 18.9 points on 35.1 percent shooting from the field over the prior seven contests, so Sunday's performance could get him trending in the right direction as the Hornets prepare for a three-game week.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Dwayne Bacon: Not available Sunday
Bacon isn't with the team for Sunday's game against the Knicks due to travel difficulties.
Bacon was recalled for the G League prior to Sunday's contest, but because of poor weather, he wasn't able to join the Hornets in time for their upcoming matchup. He should be available off the bench for Wednesday against Detroit.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Dwayne Bacon: Back from G League
Bacon was recalled from the G League on Sunday, Rod Boone of The Athletic reports.
Bacon is back with the Hornets ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Knicks after posting 22 points and nine rebounds in Saturday's win over the Delaware Blue Coats.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Dwayne Bacon: Heads down to G League
Bacon is headed back to the G League prior Saturday, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reports.
This move is unsurprising as Bacon has split time between the NBA and G League all season. He didn't play in last night's tilt with the Nuggets, and failed to score in his last appearance, Wednesday against Minnesota, attempting one shot in two minutes of run.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Marvin Williams: Still dealing with soreness
Williams acknowledged after Friday's game that he's still experiencing soreness in his shoulder, but he doesn't intend to miss any additional time, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Williams was held out of Wednesday's loss to Minnesota, but he returned Friday night against Denver and played 33 minutes, finishing with 14 points and 10 rebounds. The veteran said he was "pretty sore" after the game, but he's practicing Saturday and should be considered available going forward.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Marvin Williams: Records third double-double
Williams scored 14 points (4-12 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 3-4 FT) while adding 10 rebounds, two assists and a steal in 33 minutes during Friday's 113-107 win over the Nuggets.
It's the 32-year-old's third double-double of the season, but all three have come in the Hornets' last seven games -- and Williams missed one of those games entirely after injuring his shoulder. He looks healthy now, though, and he should continue being a solid complementary player in Charlotte's Kemba Walker-focused offense.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Kemba Walker: Leads Hornets to win
Walker scored a game-high 21 points (4-11 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 11-12 FT) while adding eight assists, six rebounds, a steal and a block in 36 minutes during Friday's 113-107 win over the Nuggets.
After starting off December with a couple of lackluster (by his standards) performances, Walker bounced back with his 18th game of the season scoring 20-plus points while draining multiple three-pointers for the first time in five games. The 28-year-old has cooled down after his blistering start to 2018-19 but he's remained productive, averaging 19.2 points, 6.4 assists, 4.1 boards, 1.7 threes and 1.6 steals over his last nine contests.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: Will come off bench
Kidd-Gilchrist will come off the bench Friday against the Nuggets.
With Marvin Williams (shoulder) back in the starting five after a one-game absence, Kidd-Gilchrist will head back to his usual bench role. He's averaging a career-low 20.3 minutes.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Marvin Williams: Cleared to play, will start
Williams (shoulder) will play and start Friday against the Nuggets.
Williams is healthy faster than expected, and he'll take the floor after just a one-game absence. With him back, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will head back to the bench.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Marvin Williams: Game-time call Friday
Williams (shoulder) is a game-time decision Friday against the Nuggets.
Williams may be able to return earlier than anticipated from his strained right shoulder. Coach James Borrego noted that is Williams is available, he will start.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: Plays 23 minutes in spot start
Kidd-Gilchrist tallied nine points (4-10 FG, 1-2 3Pt), five rebounds, and one steal in 23 minutes during Wednesday's 121-104 loss to Minnesota.
Kidd-Gilchrist moved into the starting lineup Wednesday, replacing the injured Marvin Williams (shoulder). The production was limited and the move may not even hold into the next game. It appears Williams' playing time is going to be absorbed by a number of players with no real beneficiary. Kidd-Gilchrist is not worth owning in standard leagues.... See More ... See Less