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Wave of injuries hits Hornets

Three Hornets are expected to miss time while they recover from their respective injuries.

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Wow, what a day.

Three Charlotte Hornets are expected to miss time as they recover from their respective injuries and ailments.

Kemba Walker could miss as many as six weeks if he opts to have the cyst in his left knee surgically removed, Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski reported. Marvin Williams has a broken nose and suffered a concussion, the Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell reported. Bismack Biyombo was diagnosed with a bone bruise and will be reevaluated in 10 days.

Jannero Pargo's also been out with a back injury lately.

Williams and Biyombo sustained their injuries in the Hornets' victory against the New York Knicks on Saturday. Walker's already missed three of the Hornets' last five games with soreness in his knee, including Saturday's game against the Knicks.

This means Brian Roberts and Cody Zeller will see a significant boost in their minutes, and Al Jefferson will be forced to start after coming off the bench the last four games as he works himself back into game shape after missing nine games with an injury of his own. Lance Stephenson might also see minutes at the point if Gary Neal continues to struggle.

This could also spell the reintroduction of Jeff Taylor to the lineup, as well as increased minutes for P.J. Hairston when the Hornets play small ball. It remains to be seen if rookie Noah Vonleh will be called upon to contribute as the Hornets' frontline becomes increasingly shallow.

Needless to say, there's a rough stretch of games ahead for the Hornets. They play the San Antonio Spurs in Texas Wednesday before heading west to Colorado for a game against the Denver Nuggets. While Biyombo could return as soon as the middle of next week, it sounds like Walker and Williams will miss at least a couple weeks, if not more.

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