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Hornets’ Marvin Williams exits Cavs game with nasal trauma

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Charlotte Hornets forward Marvin Williams had to prematurely leave the team’s road game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday.

The 33-year-old North Carolina product suffered a scary injury on his nose in the fourth quarter and was immediately ruled out for the rest of the match. The Hornets’ official Twitter page confirmed that Williams was initially diagnosed with nasal trauma and will be subjected to further evaluation.

Williams played in 14 minutes and had six points, two rebounds, and one assist before exiting the game. With the Hornets welcoming in some fresh faces this season, Williams continues to be a solid locker room guy and an extension for head coach James Borrego off the court.

Prior to Thursday’s match, the 6’8″ stretch forward has been coming off the bench and tallying 7.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 20.5 minutes per game, while hitting 47.3 percent of his shots from the field. Aside from his defense, Williams’ best value is still his ability to stretch the floor, knocking down a 39.4 percent clip from past the arc. These traits have made him a known trade target for a number of teams.

Williams’ professionalism and veteran leadership has also had an impact on Charlotte’s impressive rookie PJ Washington, who is expected to be part of the Hornets’ future moving forward. It remains unclear if Williams will miss some time due to his nasal condition.

Charlotte, meanwhile, escaped Cleveland with a close 109-106 win behind Terry Rozier’s 30 points, six rebounds, and three assists.

The win managed to snap the Hornets’ ugly six-game slide and improve their record to 14-23 for 10th place in the Eastern Conference.