Hornets: Gordon Hayward out at least four weeks with foot injury
The Hornets are a shocking fourth in the Eastern Conference.
That’ll be tough to maintain, though.
Charlotte’s arguably best two players – first LaMelo Ball and now Gordon Hayward – are injured.
The Hornets are up just 1.5 games on eighth place. Charlotte has probably gotten a little lucky, having been outscored on the season. Backup guard Malik Monk is also out with a sprained ankle. There’s plenty of room to fall.
If dropping to seventh or eighth at the end of the regular season, Charlotte might even miss the playoffs. Seventh- and eighth-place teams must now fend off the ninth- and 10th-place teams in a play-in tournament.
Cody Martin (and maybe Caleb Martin and Jalen McDaniels) could see more playing time with Hayward sidelined. Even more responsibility will fall onto guard Terry Rozier, who’s having a quality season himself. This is the role he long desired.