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News: Kaminsky scored 12 points (3-15 FG, 4-4 FT, 2-5 3Pt) to which he added six rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot in 31 minutes during Sunday's loss to the Heat.
Impact: Frank the Tank struggled mightily with his shot, but the poor performance of the rest of the team allowed him to pace them in scoring in the blowout loss. Kaminsky experienced mixed results in his first postseason series, averaging 7.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per game, and he should take a step forward in terms of usage and production next season.
News: Walker scored just nine points (3-16 FG, 2-2 FT, 1-4 3Pt) to go along with six assists, two rebounds and a steal in 36 minutes during Sunday's blowout loss to the Heat.
Impact: Walker dropped in 36 points the previous game, continuing a series-long trend of alternating poor performances with great ones, and he couldn't come up with the goods in the pivotal Game 7. He will enter the offseason having put up the best all-around statistical season of his career, and he should be a strong fantasy option once again in 2016/17.
News: Batum (foot) will be available to play in Sunday's Game 7 against the Heat.
Impact: Batum was warming up earlier Sunday morning with the intention of playing, so it comes as no surprise he'll be available to take the court. He's going to see his minutes restricted though, as the Hornets reported they'll likely limit him to just seven or eight minutes per half at the most. Considering the circumstances and limitations, fantasy owners may want to avoid using Batum until he sees further improvement with his foot injury.
News: Hawes (shoulder) is going to try and play in Sunday's Game 7 against the Heat, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: Hawes wasn't expected to be available at all during the rest of the first-round series against the Heat, but he was upgraded to questionable for Game 7. He's dealing with a right MCL sprain, but after going through warmups Sunday morning, Hawes is feeling good enough to take the court. Though Hawes will be available, don't expect him to see major minutes as the Hornets' fifth big man behind Al Jefferson, Frank Kaminsky, Marvin Williams, and Cody Zeller.
News: Hansbrough has been ruled out for Sunday's Game 7 against the Heat due to back spasms.
Impact: Hansbrough has appeared in just two games so far during the playoffs, notching a total of five combined minutes over those contests. Since he's not a regular member of the Hornets' rotation, Hansbrough's absence shouldn't affect the way coach Steve Clifford distributes the minutes among his big men.
News: Batum (foot) is going through warmups with the intention of playing in Sunday's Game 7 against the Heat, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: Batum aggravated a foot injury during Game 6 on Friday and continues to deal with some lingering pain. He's attempting to give it a gofor Game 7, but even if Batum does take the court, the Hornets are only expected to rely on him for a maximum of seven or eight minutes per half. Since it appears Batum will be heavily restricted Sunday, DFS players will likely want to steer clear of him.