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Charlotte Hornets injury report: Kemba Walker out, Cody Zeller in

More injuries to key players while other key players return

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Charlotte Hornets have been battling injuries to key players ever since Al Jefferson went down with a knee injury in December. It's safe to say that they've had some pretty bad luck, but with the return of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist things are finally starting to look up for the Hornets. Well, that was until Kemba Walker was listed out for tonight's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

There hasn't been an explanation yet for what Walker will be sitting out with. He hasn't looked hurt in the last few games he's played so maybe this is just rest considering all the minutes he's played over the last month. It could also be precautionary due to some minor stuff he's dealing with. Players are never 100 percent this time of year, and if the Hornets are trying to make sure point guard is healthy then nobody can blame them for that.

In good news, it looks like both Jeremy Lamb and Cody Zeller will be making their returns tonight. Zeller was injured during the Hornets game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and they've very much missed the size and depth he brought to the team. While Spencer Hawes played well in a starting role, the Hornets will do better with Zeller back in the starting lineup and Hawes providing minutes off the bench.

Lamb on the other hand hasn't played more than 10 minutes since January 13th's game against the Atlanta Hawks. He tried to make a comeback against Orlando, but four minutes in he was back on the bench with injuries Hopefully he'll finally get some extended, healthy, playing time and he can go back to providing a nice scoring piece off the bench.

The biggest question mark remaining on the Hornets list of injuries is Nicolas Batum. He's questionable for tonight after missing Charlotte's last game and playing the worst game of his Charlotte tenure against the Portland TrailBlazers last week. He's been fighting that toe injury for awhile now, and it just be something where how or if he plays depends how it's feeling that night. Luckily, with the return of Kidd-Gilchrist and Lamb, Batum won't have to play through bad nights thanks to a return in depth.