All-Star guard Kemba Walker was out for Wednesday night’s game at Toronto because of a bruised left shoulder. Michael Carter-Williams started in Walker’s place against the Raptors.
Walker was injured in a third-quarter collision with San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge in Saturday’s home loss to the Spurs. He went down in pain after colliding with Aldridge and headed to the locker room before returning to the court later in the quarter.
Walker scored 115 points in four meetings with Toronto last season, his highest total against any opponent.
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Hornets coach Steve Clifford said Walker will be re-evaluated after Thursday’s practice in Miami. Charlotte faces the Heat on Friday night.
An All-Star for the first time last season, Walker is averaging 22.3 points and 6.2 assists per game.
The Charlotte Hornets (8-12) were defeated by the Toronto Raptors (13-7) as they dropped their third straight game. Despite a big double-double from Dwight Howard, the Hornets didn’t have enough firepower to keep up with the dynamic duo of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. The Hornets fell to 1-9 on the road as they continue to struggle away from home. Dwight Howard led the Hornets with 22 points and 10 rebounds in 30 minutes of playing time. He only committed one turnover while shooting 8-12 from the field and 6-8 from the free throw line.
With the loss, Charlotte falls to 0-1 against Toronto this season. The two sides will face off three more times during the 2017-18 campaign with their next meeting coming on December 20th. The Hornets have now lost five of their last six games north of the border.