The Charlotte Hornets have lost center Cody Zeller for the foreseeable future after he was diagnosed with a torn medial meniscus in his left knee, stemming from Wednesday night’s game against the Golden State Warriors. The team announced he will be out indefinitely as he explores treatment options.
The bad news in the frontcourt doesn’t stop there, as Frank Kaminsky suffered a sprained right ankle against the Warriors and has been ruled out for the team’s game against the Chicago Bulls on Friday night.
Zeller has appeared in 19 games this season for the Hornets, all of which have come off the bench. In just a shade under 20 minutes per night, he is averaging 7.2 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting 49.5 percent from the floor overall.
Despite serving primarily as a starter over the past three seasons as a member of the Hornets, he ceded way to former All-Star Dwight Howard this season, whom the team acquired during the offseason and is now their leading rebounder. Howard’s presence has also forced Kaminsky to the bench.
Kaminsky is one of five Hornets to average in double figures on the season. Across 23 games, he has averaged 10.6 points and 4.0 rebounds per game, playing 23.3 minutes per night. After shooting below 40 percent from the field last season, he is on pace for a new career-high knocking down 42.4 percent from the field, while averaging over nine shots per game.
The next chance Charlotte will have to get at least Kaminsky back at its disposal comes Saturday night when the team hosts the Los Angeles Lakers.