Injuries are a part of sports, and nobody knows this better right now than the Charlotte Hornets.
Just over two weeks into the season, where do the Charlotte Hornets stand on the injury front?
Terry Rozier – Ankle Sprain
Terry Rozier is still dealing with that ankle injury he suffered against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Cody Martin – Quad Soreness
Cody Martin has not seen the floor since suffering his injury on October 19th in Charlotte’s first game of the year. Quad injuries are difficult to recover from, and depending on how severe the initial injury is, it can linger for quite some time.
LaMelo Ball – Ankle Sprain
LaMelo Ball‘s injury was originally thought to be a one or two week injury, but now it may be heading towards the longer end of that time frame.
A grade 2 ankle sprain can be tricky to recover from, and the Charlotte Hornets are wise to take it slow with Ball’s return to action.
Gordon Hayward – Shoulder Contusion
Gordon Hayward is injured yet again. After appearing to get shaken up on Monday night against the Sacramento Kings, Hayward exited Wednesday night’s game against the Chicago Bulls at halftime.
His injury is considered day-to-day, which is a good sign.
The Charlotte Hornets’ upcoming schedule is as follows:
11/6 – vs Brooklyn Nets
11/7 – vs Washington Wizards
11/9 – vs Portland Trail Blazers
11/10 – at Miami Heat
11/12 – at Miami Heat
11/14 – at Orlando Magic
11/16 – vs Indiana Pacers
11/18 – at Cleveland Cavaliers
The Charlotte Hornets would clearly like to have their core players back on the floor, but they also need to approach these injuries with a long-term point of view. While having Ball, Rozier, Hayward, and Martin on the floor would certainly help Charlotte win games, they also need to be granted the time to recover properly until they are ready to play again. In the meantime, look for Kelly Oubre Jr., P.J. Washington, and company to step up and carry the load.