News: Batum had 21 points (7-12 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 3-3 FT), seven assists, six rebounds, and three blocks in 39 minutes during the Hornets' 98-95 loss to the Heat on Friday.
Impact: Batum has been dealing with toe troubles lately, and he is averaging 10 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.5 assists to four turnovers, 1.3 blocks, and 0.3 steals in 35 minutes per appearance over the last four games. Despite committing four turnovers Friday, this was a nice bounce-back performance for the Hornets' swingman, who was just 12-of-55 in the previous six contests. Hopefully he is indeed fully recovered, because the Hornets are back in action on Saturday versus the Wizards.
News: Williams contributed 27 points (12-17 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, two assists, and one block in 32 minutes during the Hornets' 98-95 loss against the Heat on Friday.
Impact: Williams posted a season-high 27 points, and he has scored 19 or more in five of the last seven games. At this rate, the 29-year-old is on the verge of earning a nice contract this offseason. Over the last five games, Williams is averaging 18.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.6 threes, one assist, one block, and 0.8 steals in 28 minutes per appearance as the Hornets' starting stretch-four.
News: Walker (knee) recorded 20 points (7-18 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six assists, five rebounds, and two steals in 36 minutes during the Hornets' 98-95 loss to the Heat on Friday.
Impact: Walker was forced to sit out Wednesday's win over the Cavaliers due to knee soreness. However, after having fluid removed from his knee he was able to practice Thursday, and he was deemed probable in advance of Friday's game versus the Heat. Walker has been struggling from the field lately, with averages of 15.3 points on 38 percent from the field to go with five rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1.8 steals in 31 minutes per game over his last four appearances. The East's ninth-seeded Hornets are back in action on Saturday versus the 10th-seeded Wizards.
News: Walker (knee) is probable for Friday's game against the Heat, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Walker missed Wednesday's win over the Cavaliers due to soreness in his left knee. After undergoing an MRI and having fluid removed from his knee he was able to return to practice on Thursday. A final decision will likely be based off of how he looks in pregame warmups, although it appears that he should be on the court Friday night.