Bad news for Charlotte Hornets. Your starting pivot, Cody Zeller, suffered a broken left hand in his season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He only played 19 minutes against Ohio before being ruled out for the rest of the game.
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The Hornets fell in the duel against the Cavaliers despite Terry Rozier’s 42 points and Gordon Hayward’s 28 points and 7 assists. For its part, Zeller had 6 points, 3 rebounds. 3 steals and 1 stopper. He is Charlotte’s veteran benchmark with seven seasons of franchise experience behind him.
“Cody is going to lose some time and we need other players to step up“said James Borrego, Hornets coach after the game.
The North Carolina team’s debut was marked by the disappointing debut of LaMelo Ball. The rookie, chosen with the third pick of the last draft, was left without scoring and registered only 1 rebound and 3 assists in 16 minutes as a substitute.
“I was having a bad night“said Ball.
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🚨 INJURY UPDATE 🚨
Cody Zeller underwent successful surgery on the fourth metacarpal of his left hand.
– Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) December 25, 2020
According to the franchise announcement, Zeller will be out for a month to a month and a half due to surgery on his left hand. They have a free space to incorporate a signing, although they already have Bismack Biyombo and another rookie, Vernon Carey Jr, for the position of five.
The most common will be to see Biyombo as the starter. This defensive specialist recorded 11 points, 4 rebounds and 1 block in 25 minutes against the Cavs. He offers security behind and is a correct center, although what will happen when he is not there? There are two main options: using the young Carey, expertly named as a possible draft steal, and giving PJ Washington more minutes at center in small lineups.
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