News: Batum (illness) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against Washington.
Impact: Batum is dealing with a stomach virus, and the Hornets will wait until Wednesday to evaluate him in advance of the evening's matchup. The 26-year-old has played well in November, averaging 17.8 points to go with 5.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game, while shooting 44.7 percent from the field and 44.6 percent from three for the month.
News: Williams posted nine points (4-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt), two rebounds, and a steal in 19 minutes versus the Kings on Monday.
Impact: Williams had a fairly efficient shooting night, but still saw his lowest minute total of the season. This can probably be attributed to four personal fouls that kept him out of the game toward the end. Williams is still averaging 10.0 points and 7.1 rebounds in 31.3 minutes per game, so it appears that he still has a secure hold on his starting role.
News: Jefferson saw just 23 minutes of action in Monday's overtime win over the Kings, finishing with 10 points (4-10 FG, 2-4 FT), three rebounds, three assists, a block, and a steal.
Impact: Despite only committing one foul on the night, Jefferson barely saw the floor in the final quarter and overtime, as coach Steve Clifford decided to go with Frank Kaminsky and Cody Zeller as his two post men during crunch time. At a burly 6-foot-10 and 289 pounds, Jefferson's body type isn't well suited to assuming big playing time, and Clifford seems to be cognizant of that fact, as the center is averaging 27.1 minutes per game this season -- his lowest total since 2005-06. The three-minute drop in playing time compared to a season ago has resulted in a diminished stat line, with Jefferson's averages of 14.8 points and 6.4 rebounds also at their lowest levels since 2005-06. He should get more than 23 minutes most nights, but it looks like the 30-year-old's role is only likely to deteriorate from here forth, especially as the prized rookie Kaminsky gets more acclimated to the NBA game.
News: Hairston (quad) returned to the lineup Monday after a three-game absence, putting up five points (2-5 FG, 1-4 3Pt), six rebounds, an assist, and a block in 19 minutes against the Kings.
Impact: Hairston was out with a right quadriceps contusion, but appears to be back to full health seeing as he played similar minutes to what he had been playing prior to the injury. The six rebounds were also a season-high for him. That being said, he was left on the bench during the end of the game in favor of Jeremy Lin and Nicholas Batum, who both posted double-digit point totals by the end of the night. Hairston was still consistent with his typical numbers, though, so his role going forward has a good chance of staying the same.
News: Zeller returned from an ankle injury Monday and scored 12 points (4-8 FG, 4-4 FT) to go with six rebounds and a steal in 28 minutes of action.
Impact: Zeller was productive off the bench Monday and even saw more playing time than starters Al Jefferson, Marvin Williams, and P.J. Hairston. It's also worth noting that Zeller was chosen to be on the court during crunch time at the end of the game rather than those three starters. Between this and the fact that he played his most minutes since the opener, it appears the 23-year-old is back to full health and may be in line to maintain these minutes going forward, if he can continue being productive.
News: Hansbrough was unable to see the court in Charlotte's 127-122 overtime win Monday against the Kings.
Impact: Hansbrough came into the 2015-16 season expected to be the backup center behind Tyler Zeller. However, through the Hornets' first 14 games, he hasn't been given much playing time at all, mainly because rookie Frank Kaminsky has received most of the minutes Hansbrough was expected to get.