Description: Hornets center Al Jefferson recorded a double-double in the, 111-106, loss to the Suns on Wednesday.
Insight: Jefferson scored 28 points and hauled in 10 rebounds. He did a little bit of everything as he also had two assists, two steals and a block. Jefferson and Kemba Walker both took at least 20 shots, and Walker finished just a point shy of Jefferson with 27. Jefferson finished 13-of-22 from the field.
Description: Hornets small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist came off the bench and led the Hornets with 15 points on Saturday.
Insight: It was a lackluster performance from Charlotte as only one player shot higher than 40 percent in the game. Brian Robert was 5-of-7 with 15 points. Kidd-Gilchrist and Lance Stephenson were both 5-of-13 from the field. Kidd-Gilchrist also had five rebounds, an assist and a steal.
Description: Hornets small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will return from his foot injury on Wednesday against the Celtics unless he suffers a setback.
Insight: Kidd-Gilchrist missed 12 straight games due to a stress reaction. His return means Gerald Henderson and P.J. Hairston will become fantasy irrelevant. If for some reason Kidd-Gilchrist is available, he should be added in standard leagues.
Description: Hornets center Al Jefferson was unstoppable at times against the Knicks on Friday.
Insight: Jefferson looked good spinning out of double teams on certain plays, scoring 16 points and grabbing 13 rebounds, but he also struggled down the stretch, shooting 8-of-21 overall. Regardless, Jefferson is a must-start in fantasy due to his threat to score a double-double every night.
Description: Hornets guard Gary Neal (injured his left shoulder) has missed four straight games and is questionable for Friday's game against New York, UPDATE: He will play on Friday versus the Knicks.
Insight: Neal hasn't played since Nov. 23. He is scoring 12.3 ppg with 2.8 rpg and 1.5 apg this season playing behind Lance Stephenson.
Description: Hornets shooting guard Lance Stephenson had perhaps his best game of the season on Wednesday.
Insight: Stephenson scored a season-high 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Coach Steve Clifford may be gaining more confidence in Stephenson as he played 40 minutes on Wednesday, the most he had played in a game in nearly a month.
Description: Hornets center Al Jefferson had one of his worst games of the season on Saturday against the Hawks.
Insight: Jefferson scored 11 points and grabbed just three rebounds, both of which are his second-worst totals for a single game this season. Jefferson came into the game averaging 20.9 ppg and 7.6 rpg in November.
Description: Hornets center Al Jefferson shot 50 percent from the floor in Friday's loss to the Warriors.
Insight: Jefferson made 8-of-16 shots to score 18 points. He also grabbed five rebounds and had three assists and two blocks. That's a pretty good night overall, but Jefferson's season averages are higher than that.
Description: Hornets G/F P.J. Hairston played 21 minutes off the bench Wednesday, but also sprained a thumb and is is questionable for Friday's game against Golden State
Insight: The rookie hasn't produced much this season (5.1 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 0.8 apg), but also hasn't seem a lot of minutes. The injury comes at a bad time as he could have gotten more playing time due to all the current injuries on the Hornets roster.
Description: Charlotte G/F Jeff Taylor will be eligible to return on Jan. 5 against Boston.
Insight: Taylor is serving a 24-game suspension for his involvement in a domestic violence case. In his first two seasons he was not fantasy worthy and was buried too deep on the depth chart to be of value in 2014-15 as well.
Description: Hornets guard Gary Neal injured his left shoulder Monday night and is questionable for Wednesday versus Portland.
Insight: This comes at a bad time as he'd been getting 30 minutes a night due to the injuries to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and P.J. Hairston. Neal has played solidly off the bench, scoring 12.3 ppg with 2.8 rpg and 1.5 apg.
Description: Hornets center Al Jefferson scored 28 points on Wednesday's loss to the Pacers.
Insight: That is the most points Jefferson has scored since Nov. 7. He shot 55 percent from the field and made all four of his free-throw attempts. Jefferson also had eight rebounds, two assists, a block and steal.
Description: Hornets point guard Kemba Walker scored a team-high 19 points during Friday's win over the Suns.
Insight: He was 8-of-16 from the field and 3-of-3 from the line, while also chipping in five rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block, and three turnovers. Walker is averaging 15.9 ppg, 4.6 apg, and 4.3 rpg. He needs to get his assist numbers up.
Description: Hornets center Al Jefferson scored 22 points against the Trail Blazers on Tuesday.
Insight: That's actually below his own standards as Jefferson is averaging 23.9 ppg in seven games this month. But what really disappointed Jefferson owners on Tuesday was his two rebounds. That's, by far, a season-low.
Description: Hornets center Al Jefferson finished a rebound shy of another double-double on Friday.
Insight: Jefferson played 41 minutes due to the game against the Hawks going into double overtime, but the center failed to get the 10th rebound. He still had 34 points with nine rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal.
Description: Hornets shooting guard Lance Stephenson put up an interesting line in his debut for Charlotte Wednesday.
Insight: Stephenson didn't shoot very weel (3-of-12), but did pull down 13 rebounds and dished out eight assists in an overtime win. He's dealing with a groin issue, but it shouldn't keep him from playing.
Description: Hornets point guard Kemba Walker hit the game-winning jumper, in overtime, against Milwaukee.
Insight: Charlotte trailed all night, but forced overtime, and Walker put the Hornets in front for good with 5.1 seconds remaining in the extra session. He had a poor shooting night (9-for-26), but did have 26 points, three 3-pointers, six rebounds, five assists, one steal, and one block. Solid start to the season for Walker.
Description: Hornets shooting guard Lance Stephenson will play in the season opener against the Bucks.
Insight: Stephenson has been dealing with a couple injuries throughout preseason, but he is ready to go on Wednesday. It will likely going to take some time for him to adjust to a new system, but Stephenson has the chance to be a real star.
Description: Hornets point guard Kemba Walker is coming off a solid 2013-14 campaign.
Insight: He averaged 17.7 ppg, 6.1 apg, 4.2 rpg, and 1.5 three-pointers per game. Walker will have a great chance to improve upon those numbers this season, and owners need to start him with confidence as the season gets underway.
Description: Hornets SG Lance Stephenson is an intriguing player heading into the season.
Insight: Entering his first season with Charlotte, Stephenson should be able to at least duplicate his numbers from last season (13.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg, and 0.7 spg). As a result, he will provide both the Hornets and fantasy owners with a solid all-around season.
Description: Hornets SG Lance Stephenson is dealing with a groin injury that is slowing his preseason, but he's probable for the opener.
Insight: Stephenson broke out for the Pacers in 2013-14, averaging 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game though he' sometimes out of control. It will be interesting to see how he, PG Kemba Walker and SF Gerald Henderson get along.
Description: Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker is dealing with a sore knee after a collision with Elfrid Payton.
Insight: Walker doesn't have anything serious going on here and might play if this were the regular season. He averaged 17.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 6.1 assist last season, but some of his numbers could take a hit with the addition of Lance Stephenson to the Charlotte starting lineup.
Description: Bobcats center Al Jefferson (torn plantar fascia) will not compete for a Team USA spot, instead opting to rest the foot for next season.
Insight: Jefferson averaged 21.8 ppg, 10.8 rpg and 2.1 apg last season and that's top-tier fantasy value and we wouldn't want anything to slow his recovery. Team USA still has plenty of talent in the middle.
Description: The Hornets have signed Lance Stephenson to a three-year, $27 million contract.
Insight: The third year is a team option. Stephenson broke out for the Pacers in 2013-14, averaging 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game, though he played out of control at times and rubbed some people the wrong way with his on-court antics. He'll replace Gerald Henderson (14 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.6 apg) in the starting lineup.
Description: Marvin Williams has agreed to a two-year, $14 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets.
Insight: Williams played 66 games with the Jazz in 2013-14, starting 50, and he averaged 9.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 threes. He'll fill minutes at power forward and small forward but won't be a good fantasy option.
Description: Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker had 29 points on 11-of-15 shooting in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Heat, but Miami still finished off the sweep.
Insight: Charlotte hung tough without Al Jefferson and even had a two-point lead at halftime, but Miami pulled away in the third quarter. Walker averaged 19.5 points on .473 shooting, 6.0 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 3.0 threes and 2.0 steals in his first career playoff series.
Description: Charlotte center Al Jefferson (torn plantar fascia) has been downgraded to doubtful for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Monday against Miami.
Insight: He couldn't do anything at the morning shootaround, according to coach Steve Clifford. Jefferson was a fantasy stud all season averaging 21.8 ppg and 10.8 rpg. He's averaged 18.7 ppg and 9.3 rpg in three playoff games.
Description: According to Charlotte coach Steve Clifford, center Al Jefferson (torn plantar fascia) will be a game-time call Monday in Game 4. SOURCE: Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer
Insight: Don't believe a word Clifford says. Big Al is playing on Monday. But how effective will he be? Well that's up for debate. Jefferson has certainly looked hobbled against the Heat (18.7 ppg on 49.1 percent shooting) but with the Bobcats' season on the line, we're sure he'll give it his best effort.
Description: Charlotte center Al Jefferson (foot) is questionable for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Saturday against Miami.
Insight: Jefferson has been dealing with a plantar fascia injury which will likely be with him throughout the playoffs. He averaged 21.8 ppg, 10.8 rpg during the regular season and 18 ppg and 11.5 rpg in the playoffs.
Description: Charlotte center Al Jefferson (foot) returned to Wednesday's game against the Heat in the second quarter.
Insight: Jefferson had a pain-killing injection prior to the game for his plantar fascia injury but had to go to the locker room with two minutes left in the first quarter. Coach Steve Clifford told Rachel Nichols of Turner Sports during a sideline interview that Jefferson said he felt his foot tear a little more, but the center will attempt to play through the pain.
Description: Charlotte center Al Jefferson (foot) participated in pre-game warmups and is expected to play Wednesday in Game 2 against the Heat. SOURCE: Michael Wallace, ESPN
Insight: He's been assured that playing on his strained plantar fascia won't make the injury worse, though it's still going to be very painful. The Bobcats will try to avoid a 2-0 deficit against Miami.
Description: Charlotte center Al Jefferson says he'll be active for Wednesday's Game 2 against Miami. SOURCE: Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer
Insight: He's been assured that playing on his strained plantar fascia won't make the injury worse, though it's still going to be very painful. Big Al logged 35 minutes in the opener on Sunday and will probably see a similar workload in Game 2.
Description: Charlotte center Al Jefferson strained his left plantar fascia Sunday in a Game 1 loss to Miami. SOURCE: Bobcats on PR
Insight: He played through the injury and finished with 18 points on 9-of-17 shooting. The Bobcats are going to have their work cut out for them if Jefferson is hobbled throughout this first round series.
Description: Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker had an eventful afternoon Sunday against the Heat.
Insight: In his first ever playoff game, Walker finished with 20 points, five rebounds and six assists in 38 minutes. Unfortunately, he shot a dismal 6-of-15 from the floor (40 percent) while committing six turnovers. The Bobcats, now in their 11th year in existence, have still never won a playoff game (0-5 all-time).
Description: Bobcats center Al Jefferson muscled his way to 29 points and 12 rebounds Saturday against Philadelphia.
Insight: The wins give Charlotte its first .500 season since 2010. Jefferson has been the most dominant center in professional hoops since the All-Star break, leading all NBA big men with 25.0 ppg in 27 second half appearances.
Description: A sore groin will keep Charlotte guard Kemba Walker out for the second night in a row Saturday against Philadelphia. SOURCE: Bobcats on Twitter
Insight: Expect Luke Ridnour (4.8 ppg) to get another start at point guard. Walker (17.8 ppg, 6.1 apg) should be fine for when the Bobcats open the playoffs next week. If seeding doesn't change, Charlotte will face Indiana in the first round.
Description: Bobcats PF Cody Zeller had his first-career double-double Saturday against the Cavaliers.
Insight: With Josh McRoberts nursing an ankle sprain, Zeller played a career-high 37 minutes and had 12 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and one block. The Bobcats selected Zeller fourth overall in the 2013 NBA Draft but he has played just 17.3 mpg this season.
Description: Bobcats small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (back) will play Saturday, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.
Insight: Kidd-Gilchrist had a hard fall Friday night and bruised his back, but the 20-year-old won't have to miss any time. MKG has averaged 24.5 minutes, 7.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 0.6 blocks this season.
Description: Charlotte forward Josh McRoberts suffered a sprained left ankle Monday and will miss Wednesday's game, the team announced.
Insight: This will be his second absence of the season. He has started 73 games for Charlotte and averaged 8.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.3 threes, 0.7 steals and 0.6 blocks per game. Cody Zeller will start in his place.
Description: Bobcats guard Gary Neal wasn't available Wednesday and isn't expected to play Friday versus Orlando.
Insight: Coach Steve Clifford previously said he was expected to miss the next 2-to-3 games with knee and ankle soreness. Chris Douglas-Roberts put up 16 points, five rebounds and a pair of assists Wednesday night and has fantasy value with a heavy workload.
Description: Bobcats center Al Jefferson went berserk Wednesday in a win over Brooklyn.
Insight: Jefferson torched the Nets for 35 points on 15-of-27 shooting. He also had 15 rebounds, giving him four double-doubles in his last five games. The 29-year-old has completely resurrected his career in Charlotte and could be headed for his first All-NBA selection.
Description: Bobcats guard Gary Neal won't be in the lineup Wednesday against Brooklyn. SOURCE: Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer
Insight: He's expected to miss the next 2-to-3 games with knee and ankle soreness. Neal has played well since joining Charlotte at the trade deadline (11.5 ppg, 45 percent shooting in 23.4 mpg). Chris Douglas-Roberts (6.0 ppg) should see more time in Neal's absence.
Description: Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson scored 23 points with eight rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and two threes Saturday against Portland.
Insight: Did Henderson work on his 3-point shot while he was for five games with a calf injury? Since he's returned to the lineup, he has made 9-of-18 (.500) from 3-point range in six games. He made just 22 treys in his first 59 games.
Description: Charlotte center Al Jefferson had 25 points and 16 rebounds in 38 minutes Friday against the Timberwolves.
Insight: The Bobcats won again, giving them five wins in the last six games and bringing them within two games of .500. Jefferson has been a big part of the resurrection of the francise with his 21.4 ppg and 10.4 rpg. He has put up 26.1 ppg and 10.3 rpg in 13 games since the All-Star break.
Description: Bobcats guard Gary Neal didn't play Wednesday due to "an internal team matter," but should be back in the mix for Friday against Minnesota.
Insight: Neal has limited value with Gerald Henderson back from a five-game absence. He's averaging 11.9 ppg in seven contests with Charlotte, but most of that work was done getting a healthy workload. He'll be lucky to see 20 minutes as a backup to Henderson.
Description: Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson (calf) participated in shootaround and is expected to play Wednesday against the Wizards, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.
Insight: Henderson (14.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.6 apg) missed the last five games with a strained calf. Chris Douglas-Roberts has averaged 29.9 minutes, 12.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 threes and 1.8 steals over the last five games while Gary Neal has put up 11.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.6 threes per game in that same timeframe, but both will have their minutes cut with Henderson back.
Description: Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson (calf) thinks he'll be ready to play Wednesday against Washington, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.
Insight: Henderson (14.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.6 apg) missed the last five games with a strained calf, but he practiced Tuesday. Chris Douglas-Roberts has averaged 29.9 minutes, 12.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 threes and 1.8 steals over the last five games while Gary Neal has put up 11.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.6 threes per game in that same timeframe, but both will have their minutes cut when Henderson returns.
Description: The Pacers had no answer for Al Jefferson (34 points, eight rebounds) Wednesday in a 109-87 Bobcats victory.
Insight: Neither did the Heat Monday night in South Beach (38 points, 19 rebounds). Big Al is on a serious tear right now, averaging 29.3 ppg over his last four contests. Among centers, only DeMarcus Cousins is averaging more points this season (22.3 ppg for Cousins, 21.2 ppg for Jefferson).
Description: Charlotte shooting guard Gerald Henderson will miss at least the next three games with a right calf strain, according to the Bobcats on Twitter.
Insight: Henderson will be reevaluated after that. Gary Neal started Monday and had 10 points, five assists and two threes in 33 minutes, while Chris Douglas-Roberts played 24 minutes and had 12 points.
Description: Charlotte center Al Jefferson threw up 38 points and 19 rebounds Monday against the Heat.
Insight: You won't hear much about Jefferson because LeBron James had a career-high 61 points in Miami's 17-point win over the Bobcats, but Charlotte's center was masterful. Big Al has been an absolute stud over his last 23 games, averaging 26 ppg and 11.1 rpg in that span.
Description: The Bobcats waived guard Ben Gordon on Sunday. SOURCE: John Schuhmann, NBA.com
Insight: If Gordon had been released one day earlier, he would have been eligible to play in the postseason. Now he must either sign with a non-playoff team or wait until July when free agency begins. Gordon is only averaging 5.2 ppg and won't be a fantasy option even if he gets signed before the end of the season.
Description: Bobcats guards Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour will play Friday night against the Spurs, according to Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News.
Insight: Neal was traded from Milwaukee to Charlotte along with Luke Ridnour at the trade deadline and didn't play a minute in his first two games with the Bobcats. Neal and Ridnour will probably cancel each other out fantasy-wise.
Description: Charlotte center Al Jefferson exploded for 33 points and ten rebounds Friday in a win over New Orleans.
Insight: He also had two blocked shots. The 30 shots Jefferson attempted were his second-most of the season. Jefferson seems to be the Bobcats' only source of offense right now. He's an obvious must-start and should be for the duration of this season.
Description: Charlotte swingman Chris Douglas-Roberts needed six stitches above his eye Friday against the Pelicans. SOURCE: Bobcats PR on Twitter
Insight: He's already back out there so fantasy owners have no need to panic. Not that you'd be playing Douglas-Roberts (4.5 ppg) anyway. Right now he's owned in fewer than one percent of fantasy leagues.
Description: Charlotte forward Josh McRoberts contributed 14 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and three threes over 33 minutes Tuesday against the Pistons.
Insight: At the start of the season it seemed like McRoberts was simply keeping the starting power forward spot warm for rookie Cody Zeller, but he has started 53 games for the Bobcats and averaged 30 minutes, 8.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.4 threes and 0.8 steals.
Description: In his last 17 games, Bobcats PF/C Al Jefferson has scored 20+ points 15 times and 30+ points eight times while averaging 26.4 points, 11.4 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks per game in that span.
Insight: Jefferson made 15-of-28 from the field for 32 points with 12 rebounds, seven assists and one steal Tuesday at Detroit. His efforts have Charlotte in possession of the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference with a 24-30 record.
Description: Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker (left Achilles) played 38 minutes Wednesday at Brooklyn and had 16 points despite making just 6-of-17 from the field.
Insight: Walker's Achilles tightened up late in Tuesday's victory over Dallas and he was a game-time decision Wednesday, but the 38 minutes he played are a sign he's fine, especially with the All-Star break ahead.
Description: Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker (left Achilles) will play Wednesday against the Nets. SOURCE: Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer
Insight: Walker's Achilles tightened up late in Tuesday's victory over Dallas. Coach Steve Clifford said the injury is a byproduct of the left ankle sprain that cost Walker seven games earlier this season.
Description: Al Jefferson led the Bobcats with 30 points and eight boards Tuesday in a win over Dallas.
Insight: Jefferson did all of that in just 34 minutes. He also contributed two blocked shots and a pair of assists. Jefferson (20.3 ppg, 10.5 rpg) has been excellent all season, though he hasn't gotten much recognition for it because he plays in Charlotte.
Description: Charlotte guard Kemba Walker left Tuesday's game against Dallas with tightness in his Achilles and won't return, according to Steve Reed of the Associated Press.
Insight: Walker had a rough night offensively, going 2-of-9 from the field for seven points, but he added nine rebounds, nine assists and two blocks in 32 minutes. The Bobcats play the Nets near Walker's hometown of the Bronx Wednesday.
Description: Bobcats guards Gerald Henderson scored 23 points, grabbed five rebounds, dished out four assists and hit two threes Saturday against San Antonio.
Insight: Henderson rarely takes 3-pointers. In fact, he hadn't hit more than one in a game since Dec. 30. However, he gets to the foul line often and has averaged 15+ points for the third straight season. He also rebounds well for a shooting guard with 4.3 per game.
Description: Charlotte guard Kemba Walker dealt with cramps Tuesday versus Golden State but the injury isn't expected to impact his status for Saturday's game against the Spurs.
Insight: Walker scored just seven points Tuesday in his return from a sprained ankle. If Walker (18.4 ppg, 5.1 apg) is limited at all on Saturday, backup Ramon Sessions (10.6 ppg, 3.6 apg) would see an increase in playing time.
Description: Bobcats center Al Jefferson made 12-of-22 from the field and had 30 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and two steals in 39 minutes Tuesday at Golden State.
Insight: Jefferson bounced back after scoring 10 points his last time out and has averaged 26.8 points, 12 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks in his last 13 games. His marriage with Charlotte has been a rousing success for fantasy owners.
Description: Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker will start Tuesday if he gets through pre-game warmups without his ankle flaring up, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.
Insight: Walker was aiming to return Friday at Los Angles but suffered a setback with his sprained ankle and missed two more games. Coach Steve Clifford said Walker won't have a minutes restriction if he's active Tuesday against the Warriors.
Description: Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker (ankle) practiced Monday and was a full participant in Tuesday's shootaround, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.
Insight: Walker was aiming to return Friday at Los Angles but suffered a setback with his sprained ankle and missed two more games. He is averaging 18.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 5.0 apg this season and is a must start.
Description: Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker was walking without a limp, but is still about a week away from playing, according to a Charlotte Observer report.
Insight: After playing in 190 consecutive games to start his NBA career, Walker has missed the last two and figures to be out a few more, but he's tough and should be back at the short end of the original 10-14 day timetable. He's averaging 18.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.4 spg, 1.5 threes per contest, so fantasy owners need him back as much as the Bobcats.
Description: Bobcats backup point guard Ramon Sessions should see plenty of action with starter Kemba Walker sidelined for 10-14 days.
Insight: Sessions played 38 minutes against the Heat on Saturday and managed to post 16 points with five assists and three rebounds. He could be even better against Toronto and certainly has solid fantasy value for the next two weeks.
Description: Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker's MRI revealed a second degree left ankle sprain and he is expected to miss 10-14 days, according to Marc J. Spears of yahoo.com.
Insight: Walker suffered the injury Saturday against Miami and will miss the first game of his NBA career Monday. He has averaged 20.5 points on 45.4 percent shooting in his last 25 games after some poor shooting the first month of the season.
Description: Charlotte point guard Kemba Walker injured his left ankle in the second half Saturday against Miami.
Insight: Walker is most certainly done for the night as he seemed to be in a lot of pain when he went down. He recorded six points and eight assists before exiting. Remember, the 23-year-old has yet to miss a game in his first three seasons in the league.
Description: Bobcats center Al Jefferson rolled into Orlando and scored 30 points with 16 rebounds, three steals, two assists and one block against a team playing without Nikola Vucevic (concussion) Friday night.
Insight: Jefferson admitted this week that he'll need offseason surgery on his ankle, but the injury isn't showing on the court. He has averaged 27.3 points, 10.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks over his last four games.
Description: After acknowledging that he'd need ankle surgery this offseason, Bobcats center Al Jefferson went out and put up 24 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block in 38 minutes against the 76ers.
Insight: Jefferson hasn't missed a game since November and he's clearly doing a good job of managing the pain in his ankle. He has averaged 26.3 points 9.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks the last three games.
Description: Though it won't stop him from playing this season, Bobcats center Al Jefferson acknowledged that he's likely to need offseason surgery on his right ankle. SOURCE: Charlotte Observer
Insight: Jefferson hasn't missed a game since November but he might be in more pain than he's letting on. Certainly this news is worth passing along but right now, fantasy owners shoudn't be overly concerned. We'd expect Jefferson to have another productive evening Wednesday against Philadelphia.
Description: With Tyson Chandler still in recovery mode from a upper respiratory illness and limited to 16 minutes, the Knicks had no one to contain Bobcats center Al Jefferson Tuesday. Jefferson had 35 points, eight rebounds, one block and one steal to end New York's five-game winning streak.
Insight: Jefferson first season in Charlotte has been a success with averages of 17.4 points, 9.9 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 0.9 steals. There's room for improvement with his scoring, as both his field-goal and free-throw percentages are significantly lower than his career rates.
Description: Charlotte small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (hand) practiced again on Monday and it looks like he'll be able to return Tuesday against New York. SOURCE: Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer
Insight: Kidd-Gilchrist broke his left (non-shooting) hand in early December and is being fitted with a protective glove for his hand. We're still waiting for him to blossom into a fantasy-worthy player. For now he's averaging 9.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 0.7 apg.
Description: Charlotte guard Kemba Walker suffered a sprained joint in his left hand in the first half Saturday, but halftime X-rays came back negative and he was able to start the second half. He finished with 29 points on 10-of-20 shooting in the loss.
Insight: Walker must be fine, as he played 44 minutes despite the injury.
Description: Charlotte guard Kemba Walker suffered a sprained joint in his left hand in the first half Saturday, but halftime X-rays came back negative and he was able to start the second half. SOURCE: Charlotte Bobcats PR on Twitter
Insight: Walker has slumped lately, averaging 17 ppg on 37.8 percent shooting in his past eight games coming into Saturday. However, overall he has averaged 20.4 ppg on 45.4 percent shooting since the start of December.
Description: Charlotte small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (hand) practiced Wednesday for the first time since breaking his hand more than a month ago, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer. The team expects to have him back Jan. 14 against the Knicks.
Insight: Kidd-Gilchrist broke his left (non-shooting) hand in early December and is being fitted with a protective glove for his hand. Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said Kidd-Gilchrist has been able to maintain his conditioning and will be able to return pretty quickly after a couple of practices.
Description: Charlotte small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist could be back as soon as next week, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.
Insight: Kidd-Gilchrist broke his left (non-shooting) hand in early December and is being fitted with a protective glove for his hand. Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said Kidd-Gilchrist has been able to maintain his conditioning and will be able to return as soon as he practices.
Description: Bobcats G/F Chris Douglas-Roberts has started the last two games and played 32.5 mpg while averaging 8.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 threes.
Insight: Douglas-Roberts earned the starting job with 20 points in 24 minutes last Thursday at Portland. The team has been searching for a small forward after Michael Kidd-Gilchrist broke his hand and replacement Jeff Taylor ruptured his Achilles tendon.
Description: Charlotte G/F Jeff Taylor suffered a right Achilles injury during Friday's game and is questionable for Saturday's game against Utah.
Insight: The swingman has started seven of Charlotte's eight games since Michael Kidd-Gilchrist broke his hand (Taylor missed a game with a left heel contusion during that timeframe), but he hasn't scored in double figures in his last six.
Description: Charlotte center Al Jefferson has averaged 24 points and 12.5 rebounds over his last two games.
Insight: Jefferson dealt with an ankle sprain for most of November but he's healthy and has produced strong numbers for Charlotte over the past three weeks. Over his last 11 games, Jefferson has averaged 16.9 points and 11 rebounds per game.
Description: Charlotte G/F Jeff Taylor suffered a right Achilles injury during Friday's game and will not return, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.
Insight: Taylor will undergo tests Saturday. The swingman has started seven of Charlotte's eight games since Michael Kidd-Gilchrist broke his hand (Taylor missed a game with a left heel contusion during that timeframe), but he hasn't scored in double figures in his last six.