NBA News

Frank Kaminsky    F  Hornets

 

 

Frank Kaminsky had another productive evening on Wednesday, going 6-of-13 from the field with four 3-pointers for 18 points. Kaminsky added five boards, one assist and one block in 33 minutes, as Charlotte escaped Orlando with a comeback victory tonight. His perimeter shooting helped the Hornets erase an early deficit to take the lead in the fourth quarter, bolstering their odds of overtaking Miami, Detroit and Chicago for the No. 8 seed in the East. Frank the Tank is rolling right now.

Mar 22 - 9:43 PM

Marco Belinelli    G  Hornets

 

 

Marco Belinelli scored 20 points in just 21 minutes during Wednesday's road win, hitting 5-of-9 FGs and 7-of-8 FTs with three 3-pointers, three rebounds, one assist and one steal. Belinelli came in ice cold from the field but he scored 16 points in the first half alone, helping to keep the Hornets close despite his teammates' struggles. The veteran rarely does much beyond scoring and hitting a handful of 3-pointers, and there should be better specialists available in most leagues.

Mar 22 - 9:42 PM

Nicolas Batum    G/F  Hornets

 

 

Nicolas Batum finished Wednesday's game with 10 points, six assists, two rebounds and two steals, but he shot just 5-of-14 from the field with five turnovers. Batum may have tweaked his ankle during the game, but he didn't miss any time and we're leaving him off the injury report. The Hornets desperately need him to produce down the stretch, as they're still three games out of the No. 8 seed. They're trending up at the right moment, at least, having won three straight games after sweeping the season series vs. Orlando tonight.

Mar 22 - 9:42 PM

Kemba Walker    G  Hornets

 

 

Kemba Walker needed 21 shots to score 22 points on Wednesday, adding seven assists, three rebounds and one clutch 3-pointer in 33 minutes of action. Walker is jacking up nearly 10 three-pointers per game in March, putting him in Steph Curry and James Harden territory. He was 1-of-6 from deep tonight and all his owners can do is wait for him to snap out of his current cold spell. His next chance comes vs. Kyrie Irving and the Cavs on Friday.

Mar 22 - 9:41 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist    F  Hornets

 

 

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (strained right ankle) had nine points on 4-of-5 shooting, four rebounds, two steals, one block and zero turnovers in 27 minutes vs. the Magic on Sunday. MKG didn't miss any time with the injury, which is great news for a Charlotte team that's straining to stay in the playoff race. He's abandoned any pretense of a perimeter game, which has helped him shoot a pristine 55.3 percent from the field in March, and he chips in enough boards and defensive stats to hold value in most leagues.

Mar 22 - 9:41 PM

Aaron Gordon    F  Magic

 

 

Aaron Gordon was quiet in 29 minutes vs. the Hornets, scoring seven points on 3-of-8 shooting with one 3-pointer, four rebounds, two assists and no defensive stats. Jeff Green (back spasms) was out tonight, which could have opened up more playing time for Gordon, who came in averaging 29.5 minutes in March. Instead, Gordon played his usual role and it was Mario Hezonja (23 minutes) gaining the most in Green's absence. Despite tonight's disappointing line, AG continues to hold low-end value in most leagues.

Mar 22 - 9:37 PM

Mario Hezonja    F  Magic

 

 

Mario Hezonja posted eight points, seven rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers vs. Charlotte, but he shot just 3-of-12 from the field in 23 minutes. Frank Vogel said that he might experiment with Hezonja as a PF tonight, in the absence of Jeff Green (back spasms), and Mario quickly found himself playing the four in a unit that included D.J. Augustin, Jodie Meeks, Evan Fournier and Bismack Biyombo. Green is just day-to-day, however, so this Mario-as-PF wrinkle is just something to remember for the future.

Mar 22 - 9:36 PM

Terrence Ross    G/F  Magic

 

 

Terrence Ross sank 8-of-15 shots with three 3-pointers to score 19 points on Wednesday, adding two boards, two steals and one assist in 31 minutes. Ross got off to a hot start in Orlando but he quickly cooled off -- over the past two weeks he was averaging just 9.3 points on 37.0 percent shooting, with 1.2 threes, 2.5 boards, 1.5 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.3 blocks. He'll have occasional scoring outbursts, but predicting when they'll occur is a hazardous job.

Mar 22 - 9:36 PM

D.J. Augustin    G  Magic

 

 

D.J. Augustin chipped in six points, two assists, one rebound and one 3-pointer in 15 minutes on Wednesday. The ninth-year veteran continues to fill a quiet role backing up Elfrid Payton, but he's averaging just 7.3 points in 16.8 minutes per game in March. He's also shooting 34.8 percent from the field in that span, and you'd have to be in a super deep league to find him appealing.

Mar 22 - 9:35 PM

Nikola Vucevic    C  Magic

 

 

Nikola Vucevic came up big vs. Charlotte, finishing Wednesday's tough home loss with 14 points (6-of-12 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), 12 rebounds, eight assists, three blocks, one steal and one turnovers in 30 minutes. Vuc felt soreness in his troublesome right Achilles this weekend, but he looked sharp on Monday and obviously wasn't at all limited tonight. Considering how tricky Achilles injuries can be, and the fact that Orlando has the fourth-worst record in the NBA, Vucevic's owners have to be overjoyed with his recent production.

Mar 22 - 9:35 PM