Kemba Walker Injury: Updates on Hornets Guard's Knee and Return

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Charlotte Hornets assistant coach Mark Price, right, watches the action with Kemba Walker, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, March 25, 2015. A person familiar with the situation says the Charlotte 49ers have hired Price to become their new men's basketball coach. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, on condition of anonymity because the hire has not been publicly announced. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
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Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker was dealing with knee pain that forced him out of the lineup on Feb. 3. However, he's ready to return to the court.

Continue for updates.

Walker Active vs. Heat

Friday, Feb. 5

Head coach Steve Clifford said Walker will play and won't be limited Friday, per Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Latest on Walker's Practice Status

Thursday, Feb. 4

Bill Kiser of the Charlotte Observer reported Walker participated in Thursday's session.

How Walker Impacts Hornets

Walker has developed into a consistent scoring threat on any given night as a complement to his distributing ability. In each of the past three seasons, he's averaged at least 17.3 points per game and five assists. 

This season, his scoring is reaching new levels—especially after dropping a career-high 52 points against the Utah Jazz, as Bleacher Report shows:

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Kemba Walker balled out today 🔥🔥🔥 52 Points 9 Rebounds 8 Assists https://t.co/sFMydGJ9SN

Usually, a point guard is the kind of floor general who will facilitate the offense through passing. Walker is the kind of player who can dissect a defense with his aggressive offensive game, cutting to the basket and finding the open man as the opposition collapses on him. 

He's enjoying the system under head coach Steve Clifford, telling ESPN.com's Zach Lowe:

I love it. I'm enjoying this system, and this season. It's a great group of guys. We work super hard, but they make the days go by fast and easy. 

It's just great basketball, and great players. It's not only the space. Those guys know how to play the game. They bring a certain [kind] of intensity every night. It's just fun to be around, when you know you can go out and compete, and actually give yourselves a chance to win. It's fun.

The Hornets are currently two games back of the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference and will only get better with Walker's explosive scoring back in the fold.

Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.


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