The Charlotte Hornets officially have a new injury scare to worry about, and it comes with the regular season opener just around the corner.
Forward Marvin Williams suffered a non-displaced fracture on his left middle finger in Monday's preseason overtime victory over the Chicago Bulls. Williams is considered out for the next week, and will be reevaluated on October 25.
This is slightly troublesome, since the Hornets open the 2016-17 regular season on October 26 at the Milwaukee Bucks, and it is far from ideal to not be sure of a key player's status for a game until 24 hours beforehand. This also throws a wrench in Clifford's plans to see who plays best in which playing groups. He already had issues with Cody Zeller out, and this surely does not make things any easier.
There is good news for Hornets fans, though. Number one: Clifford does not seem worried.
Clifford says that there is a good chance that Williams will be available for the @hornets season opener at MIL.— Charlotte Hornets PR (@HornetsPR) October 19, 2016
Number two: Frank Kaminsky looked very good in Monday's game when he took over for Williams in the second half. That is when Kaminsky scored all of his 14 points, which was tied for the team-lead. Perhaps he can shoulder the load from Williams in the short term while the forward recovers.
Regardless, this is not the type of news you want seven days before your season tips off.