Hornets’ Monk Sidelined At Least Two Weeks

Hornets coach James Borrego anticipates that shooting guard Malik Monk will miss at least two weeks due to a sprained right ankle, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer tweets.

Monk was injured when he landed awkwardly after colliding with Brooklyn’s Jeff Green during the fourth quarter on Thursday.

Charlotte entered Friday’s action with a tenuous hold on the No. 4 spot in the Eastern Conference.

For the fourth straight season, Monk is one of the Hornets’ key reserves. He’s averaging a career-best 13.1 PPG, 2.7 RPG and 1.9 APG in 21.7 MPG while appearing in 32 contests this season. Monk has knocked down a career-best 42.4% of his 3-point attempts.

He enjoyed one of the best games of his career last Friday, pouring in 32 points in 26 minutes in a five-point win over Miami. Monk is headed to free agency this summer — Charlotte could make him restricted if it extends a $7MM+ qualifying offer.

Caleb Martin and Cody Martin could see more action in Monk’s absence.

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