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Thu. Oct 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Taylor has plead guilty to domestic violence charges, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: At this point it is very unclear what this confession means for Taylor's playing career. The charges carry a maximum of 93 days in jail, however Taylor has entered a plea deal and the details of that deal are not yet known. Additionally, Taylor may face a suspension from the NBA even after he is cleared to play legally.
Thu. Oct 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stephenson (groin) scored seven points (3-12 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-2FT) with 13 rebounds and 8 assists in 40 minutes Wednesday.
Impact: The groin injury that forced Stephenson to miss a couple preseason games appears to be a thing of the past, which was evident by the wing leading the team in minutes. His rebounding and assist totals are little higher than expected for the rest of the season since the game went to overtime, but his shooting numbers should improve going forward.
Thu. Oct 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Henderson (hamstring) did not score (0-2 FG), but added one rebound, one assist, and one steal in nine minutes of action Wednesday.
Impact: Henderson did not play much in the preseason due to this hamstring injury, so he was likely still rusty when he got his first court time in about a month. As the season goes on, he should see his minutes balloon up as he re-acclimates himself with his teammates. Henderson could even challenge for a starting spot this year, though that would likely be a gradual process that would require some impressive games off the bench first.
Thu. Oct 30, 2014 | STATS
News: Walker hit a 21-footer from the top of the key with 5 seconds left in overtime to lift Charlotte to a 108-106 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.
Impact: Walker also made a tying 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime. He finished with a game-high 26 points to go with six rebounds and five assists.
Wed. Oct 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kidd-Gilchrist scored 17 points (6-8 FG, 5-6 FT) with eight rebounds, three assists and three blocks in 34 minutes during Wednesday's OT win over the Bucks.
Impact: MKG came out of the gate flying, and after shooting just 61% on his free throws last season his performance at the line in the opener has to be very encouraging. He may not be a main cog in the Hornets' offense, but he may be poised to take his game to the next level in his third NBA campaign. If Kidd-Gilchrist is on your waiver wire and you have space on your bench, consider scooping him up.
Wed. Oct 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jefferson scored 14 points (6-15 FG, 2-3 FT) with 10 rebounds, four blocks, two assists and two steals in 40 minutes during Wednesday's OT win over the Bucks.
Impact: It should be the first of many double-doubles for Jefferson this season, although with an improved roster around him and more players competing for touches he may not be able to match last year's scoring pace.
Wed. Oct 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Walker (foot) scored the Hornets' final five points in regulation then hit the game-winner in overtime on Wednesday, finishing the night with 26 points (9-26 FG, 3-9 3P, 5-11 FT), six rebounds and five assists in 39 minutes.
Impact: It wasn't the most efficient performance for Walker, but he came through when it counted. He figures to be the focal point of the Hornets' offense this season, and could be poised for a career year.
Wed. Oct 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stephenson (groin) will play Wednesday against the Bucks, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: There really wasn't much doubt Stephenson would play in the opener after going through an entire practice Tuesday. The groin injury that cost him two preseason games seems to be behind him, and he'll likely see big minutes in his first official game with the Hornets.
Wed. Oct 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Henderson will play Wednesday against the Bucks, the Associated Press reports.
Impact: Henderson missed the entire preseason with his hamstring injury, so he will be rusty and likely won't get the start for the season opener. As Henderson works his way back, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist could see his minutes shrink.
Tue. Oct 28, 2014 | STATS
News: The Charlotte Hornets have agreed to a four-year, $48 million contract extension with point guard Kemba Walker, a person familiar with the deal said Tuesday night.
Impact: In three seasons Walker has started 180 games and averaged 16.0 points, 5.5 assists and 1.4 steals per game. He has averaged 17.7 points in each of the last two seasons.
Tue. Oct 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Walker and the Hornets agreed Tuesday to a four-year, $48 million contract extension, ESPN's Marc Stein reports.
Impact: Walker was dealing with a minor foot injury last week, but is expected to be ready for the season opener Wednesday. He won't be playing for a new contract this year, but he's still one of the better guards in fantasy because of his production across the board.
Tue. Oct 28, 2014 | STATS
News: Stephenson has returned to practice and says nothing will keep out of the season opener Wednesday night against Milwaukee. Stephenson is battling a groin injury has missed four preseason games.
Impact: He moved with a pronounced limp as he shot around after practice Tuesday. Coach Steve Clifford says the decision will rely heavily on what the team's trainers decide after Stephenson goes through shoot-around before the game. He says the important thing is making sure Stephenson doesn't suffer a setback.
Tue. Oct 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stephenson (groin) took part in Tuesday's practice but remains questionable for Wednesday's opener against the Bucks, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: The update on Stephenson's status comes courtesy of coach Steve Clifford, but the fact that he was able to practice in full Tuesday is certainly a positive indication heading into Wednesday's matchup. A decision likely won't come until Wednesday, so continue to check back for updates prior to game-time. If Stephenson can't go, expect to see a heavy dose of Gary Neal, who turned some heads in the preseason, in the Charlotte backcourt.
Mon. Oct 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stephenson (groin) is hoping to return to practice Tuesday and he should be considered questionable for Wednesday's season opener.
Impact: He was unable to practice Monday, so there's a chance he could miss Wednesday's game, although that would be unlikely if he's able to rejoin the team in Tuesday's practice session. Continue to monitor his status in the coming days.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Maxiell should make the opening-day roster, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Maxiell signed with the Hornets in September on a non-guaranteed deal so it wasn't a lock he'd make the final roster. Now that he's made the team, he should offer reserve depth at the power forward position, behind the likes of Marvin Williams, Cody Zeller, and Bismack Biyombo.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stephenson (groin) could practice Monday at the earliest, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Stephenson has missed the Hornets' last four preseason games, as he's been nursing a sore groin. He's hopeful he'll be back to practice Monday, but that's at the earliest. The Hornets' first regular season game is Wednesday against the Milwaukee Bucks, so if he's able to get back to practice Monday he should have a chance to play in his first game as a Hornet.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Williams (elbow) was able to play 27 minutes during the preseason matchup against the Pacers on Thursday.
Impact: With Thursday's appearance, Williams seems to have gotten through his spat with an elbow contusion and is poised to be ready for the start of the regular season against the Bucks on Wednesday. Despite being the starting power forward for the Bobcats this season, Williams won't be the focal point of the offense and will take a backseat to the likes of Kemba Walker, Lance Stephenson, and Al Jefferson.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Walker (foot) will not play Thursday against Indiana, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports. He underwent an MRI, but the results have not been released yet.
Impact: Walker's foot became "really sore" during Thursday morning's shootaround, and he'll be held out of action Thursday. Until the results of the MRI are released, it's probably best to play it safe and let someone else draft Walker for the time being.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stephenson (groin) will not play in Thursday's exhibition finale against the Pacers.
Impact: Stephenson, who also missed Monday's contest, is nursing a sore groin and will sit out his fourth preseason contest. The Hornets are likely just being cautious with Stephenson, who is expected to step into a playmaking role alongside Kemba Walker in the backcourt.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Walker (foot) departed Thursday morning's shootaround due to foot soreness and is considered questionable to play in Charlotte's preseason finale against the Pacers, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Walker, who battled a knee bruise earlier in the preseason, can be added to a lengthy list of injuries for the new-look Hornets. While it doesn't look to be anything serious - there's still a chance he could play Thursday night - it's relatively concerning that foot soreness would crop up seemingly out of nowhere. Walker's status will continue to be monitored on a day-to-day basis in advance of the regular season.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Henderson (hamstring) will not play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Pacers, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Henderson went through non-contact portions of Wednesday's practice, but his hamstring soreness will prevent him from making a preseason appearance. Nonetheless, the swingman is thought to be close to returning to action, making his status worthwhile to monitor in advance of the Bobcats' Oct. 29 regular season opener.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Steve Clifford (hernia) said Tuesday that Vonleh could enter the rotation by mid-season, Steve Clifford of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: A sports hernia has sidelined Vonleh since the beginning of camp, and the implication from Clifford is that Vonleh will be far behind in learning the system by the time he returns to practice, which should be soon. The lottery pick out of Indiana is a fairly raw prospect, regardless, and it's unlikely he would have played a major role to begin the season even if he was healthy. Once he's adapted to the pace of the NBA game later in the season, Vonleh figures to slide into the frontcourt rotation as a backup to Al Jefferson, Marvin Williams and Cody Zeller. Defensively, he's a work in progress, but Vonleh is an excellent rebounder who can step out and shoot the three.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Henderson (hamstring) was able to work out Monday and is aiming to make a return against the Pacers on Thursday, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Henderson has dealt with a strained hamstring for the past two weeks but appears to be turning a corner just in time for the start of the season. While his availability is still in question for Thursday's preseason game, a return before the start of the regular season on Oct. 29 is looking bright.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stephenson was held out of Monday's preseason tilt in Atlanta due to a sore groin, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Monday's outing is the Hornets' seventh this exhibition season, but Stephenson has only logged time in four due to an assortment of ailments. Overall, he's averaging 10.8 points (on 42.5 percent shooting), 3.3 rebounds, and 2.8 assists in 30 minutes. Once the regular season commences, his full arsenal will be on full display, if he's unhindered by injury, of course.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Henderson (hamstring) will not play Monday against the Hawks.
Impact: Henderson is still battling a strained hamstring that's kept him out of action throughout the preseason. The injury has prevented him from competing with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for the starting small forward spot, and Kidd-Gilchrist will likely win the position by default.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Williams (elbow) will not play Monday against the Hawks.
Impact: Williams is listed as out with a right elbow contusion, presumably suffered during Sunday's loss to the Bulls. It doesn't look like anything serious, though, and Williams remains on track to open the season as the starting power forward, where he should see plenty of time on the perimeter.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jefferson will not play Monday against the Hawks.
Impact: The veteran will take the night off to rest on the second half of a back-to-back. Jefferson had 12 points and eight rebounds in 32 minutes Sunday against Chicago.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stephenson scored 14 points (7-11 FG) in Sunday's preseason loss to the Bulls.
Impact: After missing Friday's game with a hamstring pull, Stephenson returned to action Sunday, as expected, and played a full complement of minutes. Barring a setback, he appears to have moved past the hamstring issue.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Henderson (hamstring) won't be available for Sunday's preseason game against the Bulls, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Henderson has been nursing a strained hamstring for the past two weeks and has had a limiting training camp as a result. His next opportunity to make a return will be against the Hawks on Monday.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stephenson (hamstring) will play in Sunday's preseason game against the Bulls, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Stephenson has been dealing with a minor hamstring pull for the last week of training camp. However, his availability for Sunday's preseason game seems to denote that his viability for the regular season shouldn't be in question, unless his hamstring responds poorly against the Bulls.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Walker (knee) will play in Friday's preseason game, the Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell reports.
Impact: Bonnell said Walker will "give it a try," so it's unlikely that the Bobcats' point guard plays significant minutes. Nonetheless, it's encouraging that he will take the court, and is on track to be relatively healthy for the start of the regular season.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Walker (knee) will be evaluated before Friday's preseason game against the Wizards to determine if he can in fact play.
Impact: Originally Walker was ruled out for Friday's game, but he's apparently progressed enough to participate in pregame warmups. Considering that he's close to returning, his knee injury doesn't seem too concerning for his viability during the regular season.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stephenson (hamstring) will not play in Friday's preseason game against the Wizards.
Impact: Stephenson pulled his hamstring during Thursday's practice but the injury doesn't seem to be anything serious. The Hornets will err on the side of caution and examine Stephenson before their next preseason game against the Bulls on Sunday.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Walker (knee) will not play Friday against the Wizards.
Impact: Walker sustained a knee contusion earlier in the week and will miss his second consecutive preseason contest. He should be fine when the regular season opens, and he'll begin the year as the unquestioned starter at point guard.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Henderson (hamstring) had a setback this week and will not play Friday.
Impact: Henderson is nursing a sprained hamstring but was on track earlier in the week to play Friday in D.C. or Sunday in Chicago. If he's unable to go in either of those games, Henderson will shoot for a return in the team's final preseason game Oct. 23 against Indiana. Henderson is in competition with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for a starting spot, and Kidd-Gilchrist is averaging 9.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in four preseason contests.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stephenson pulled his hamstring during Thursday's practice and is questionable to play Friday against the Wizards, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: While the injury isn't anything serious, Stephenson could miss a few days in the short-term, as Charlotte is likely to be cautious with their big free agent addition.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Walker suffered a contusion on his left knee during Monday night's NBA preseason game against Orlando.
Impact: Walker was injured early in the third quarter. With 10 minutes remaining in the third quarter, Walker had come up with his own rebound on a missed 3-pointer, and was driving to the basket for a layup when he suddenly pulled up. He didn't return, and it's unclear if the injury is serious.