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Rufus on Fire Oct 20, 2017
Hornets, down 20, beat Hawks by 18 in home opener

Hornets, down 20, beat Hawks by 18 in home opener

The Hornets made the mightiest of comebacks behind huge games from Dwight Howard and Kemba Walker. I thought the Hornets would lose tonight. Boy, was I wrong. The Hornets managed to turn a 20-point first half deficit into an 18-point win against the Hawks Friday night, and was it something to behold. Kemba Walker led the team with 26 points and nine assists, while Dwight Howard chipped in 20 points and 15 rebounds against his former squad. I mean, I’m shocked. The Hornets entered tonight’s game without Nicolas Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Cody Zeller, and Michael Carter-Williams...
Rufus on Fire Oct 13, 2017
Is it doom and gloom, or full bloom for Nicolas Batum?

Is it doom and gloom, or full bloom for Nicolas Batum?

What can the Charlotte Hornets expect from their wounded french forward this season? Nicolas Batum tore a ligament in his elbow on October 4th. Unverified early reports claimed he was in danger of missing the entire season, but the Vertical’s Shams Charania later reported that he would miss somewhere between 8-12 weeks. That timeline is somewhere between 6-8 weeks after Batum was notified he wouldn’t need surgery. With his apparent Wolverine like healing factor I fully expect him to be back on the court by the time anyone reads this. The injury and uncertain timeline make it difficult...
At The Hive Oct 10, 2017
Kemba Walker must rise to the occasion again for the Hornets

Kemba Walker must rise to the occasion again for the Hornets

Walker has answered critics the past two seasons, going from an average to All-Star point guard. But without swingman Nic Batum, he will have to shoulder more responsibility in a critical season for the Hornets. Kemba Walker wasn’t supposed to be this good. Too small, too inconsistent; a sixth man at best. And yet at 27, entering his 7th season in the NBA, Walker is already the greatest Charlotte Hornets player of the modern era, and, depending on how and where the rest of career goes, could wind up the greatest in franchise history. This isn’t hyperbole. He is 1,703 points away from...
Sun Herald Oct 6, 2017

Hornets' Batum says some French fans celebrating his injury

Hornets guard Nic Batum says some basketball fans in his native France are happy he tore a ligament in his left elbow. Batum says some on social media are still …
Rufus on Fire Oct 6, 2017
With Batum out, how do the Hornets move forward?

With Batum out, how do the Hornets move forward?

The injury to Nic Batum puts the season in jeopardy before it begins, but opens opportunities for others to earn bigger roles and keep the team’s eyes on the playoffs. The Charlotte Hornets are re-grouping Friday, less than 24 hours after learning Nicolas Batum will miss at least six weeks after tearing a ligament in his left elbow. The initial figure seems low, particularly next to reports indicating it to be 8-12 weeks or even the season. The disparity, of course, is in the details. Batum can opt for rest and rehab, or can go ahead with surgery. The former keeps him out until December...
Rufus on Fire Oct 5, 2017
Nicolas Batum suffers torn elbow ligament, out 8-12 weeks

Nicolas Batum suffers torn elbow ligament, out 8-12 weeks

The Charlotte Hornets receive a big blow right before the onset of the season. Nicolas Batum will be out 8-12 weeks after tearing a ligament in his left elbow, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical: Charlotte's Nicolas Batum has suffered a torn ligament in his left elbow and will miss 8-to-12 weeks, league sources tell The Vertical.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 5, 2017 Batum suffered the injury in Wednesday night’s preseason game against the Detroit Pistons. An initial report from Queen City Hoops suggested it could be season ending. Shams’ tweet brings it down...
Sun Herald Oct 5, 2017

Hornets G-F Nic Batum to miss 6-8 weeks with elbow injury

Hornets swingman Nicolas Batum will miss a minimum of six to eight weeks with a left elbow injury. The team announced that an MRI on Thursday revealed the nine-year NBA …
Hoops Hype Oct 5, 2017
Top players who could replace injured Nicolas Batum for Hornets

Top players who could replace injured Nicolas Batum for Hornets

Nicolas Batum of the Charlotte Hornets will significant time during the upcoming season due to an elbow injury, according to recent reports. Charlottes Nicolas Batum has suffered a torn ligament in his left elbow and will miss 8-to-12 weeks, league sources tell The Vertical. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 5, 2017 The team initially announced that he suffered a left elbow sprain. Charlotte Observer reporter Rick Bonnell says it “appears serious” — which is not good for the Hornets. As it is, the team is already considered to have thin depth at the wing positions. His...
Blazersedge Oct 5, 2017
Report: Nicolas Batum To Miss 8-12 Weeks With Torn Ligament

Report: Nicolas Batum To Miss 8-12 Weeks With Torn Ligament

Batum injured his elbow against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, and it appears to be serious. Former Portland Trail Blazer and current Charlotte Hornet Nicolas Batum has torn a ligament in his left elbow, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical, and may miss 8-12 weeks of action. Charlotte's Nicolas Batum has suffered a torn ligament in his left elbow and will miss 8-to-12 weeks, league sources tell The Vertical.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 5, 2017 Nicolas Batum is likely out the entire 2017-2018 season after tearing his UCL in his left elbow....
NBA Oct 5, 2017

Report: Nicolas Batum out 8-to-12 weeks with torn ligament in elbow

Charlotte Hornets veteran Nicolas Batum is out indefinitely after suffering a torn ligament in his left elbow, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania.

Hornets' Nic Batum undergoes MRI on sprained elbow; status for opener uncertain

Batum injured his arm during the Hornets' preseason game Wednesday night against the Pistons
Sun Herald Sep 25, 2017

Addition of Howard gives Hornets reason to believe

When Nic Batum woke up in France the morning of June 21, he was stunned to find his phone inundated with voice and text messages from various members of the …

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