Hornets Get Update on Kelly Oubre's Injury Return Timeline
Injury troubles have played a massive role in the Charlotte Hornets' struggles this season. The latest player go down is forward Kelly Oubre Jr., who's missed three of the last four games with a hand issue.
Now it turns out Oubre's sprain is much more serious than previously thought.
The wing needs to underdog surgery for a torn ligament in his left hand, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania. The procedure is expected to knock Oubre out for the next 4-6 weeks.
This injury is a massive blow to a Hornets team that's just starting to get healthy again. Oubre has taken on a larger load in this offense with the likes of LaMelo Ball and Gordon Hayward both experiencing extended absences this season. He's excelled while operating as a primary option, averaging a career-high 22.3 points per game along with 5.6 rebounds a night.
Charlotte will now be forced to make do without its second-leading scorer for the foreseeable future. Terry Rozier and Hayward should see their roles increase as Steve Clifford attempts to fill the void left by Oubre.
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