Hornets’ Malik Monk exits game with apparent leg injury, carried to locker room
The Charlotte Hornets’ injured player list just got longer on Thursday after guard Malik Monk exited the game against the Brooklyn Nets following a scary fall. The 23-year-old shooter had to be lifted back to the locker room after landing awkwardly in the fourth period of their match at Barclays Center.
The unfortunate incident occurred with under seven minutes left in regulation, as Monk landed awkwardly after colliding with Nets forward Jeff Green, who was trying to take the charge on the play.
Malik Monk went to the locker room after an apparent injury. pic.twitter.com/u1vn6gwWzv
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Monk had a look of agony as soon as he hit the floor, where he stayed for a few seconds. He tried to leave the court in his own will by hopping on one leg but was immediately helped out by his teammates back to the locker room.
Before his injury, Monk played 22 minutes and pitched in 11 points, four assists, three rebounds, and one steal on 4-for-11 shooting from the field including three made triples. The Hornets are already dealing with an injury to their promising rookie LaMelo Ball, who may potentially be done for the year with a broken wrist.
Monk has been stepping up big in his absence, tallying 13.2 points on 46.3 percent shooting from the field and 41.9 percent from past the arc before the match against Brooklyn.
An update on his status came from head coach James Borrego, who revealed Monk is dealing with a nasty ankle sprain.
James Borrego on Malik Monk's sprained ankle: "I feel bad for the kid. He's been battling, he's given us a tremendous lift this season. So hopefully it's not too severe. We'll find out more tonight and tomorrow."
Borrego said if Monk is out, Brad Wanamaker could see some time.
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While it’s reassuring that it wasn’t something much worse, Hornets fans can only hope he’ll be back on the court soon enough.