How did Charlotte Hornets guard Nic Batum do in his 1st full scrimmage back?

Monday, 13 November 2017, 10:41:14 AM. Will Charlotte Hornets guard Nic Batum be activated for Wednesday’s NBA game against the Cleveland Cavaliers?
Nic Batum has yet to play a regular-season game this season, but Sunday his Charlotte Hornets teammates got a long look at what they’ve missed. For the first time since tearing a ligament in his left elbow Oct. 4, Batum went full-court 5-on-5 scrimmage in practice. All went well, and if there is no setback, shooting guard Batum should play in Wednesday’s nationally televised home game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. “There were a lot of smiles out there, to see him back in a uniform,” forward Marvin Williams said. “I bet he got an assist to everybody he played with today. There were a couple of times when he hit me wide-open and I wasn’t expecting the ball. “He kind of whispered to me on the way back (up the court), ‘Have your antenna out.’” Batum is a key element in the Hornets’ ball-movement. Last season he averaged 15.1 points, 5.9 assists and 6.2 rebounds. He takes some playmaking responsibility off point guard Kemba Walker. The bigger test for Batum’s elbow will come at Monday’s practice. Coach Steve Clifford plans to scrimmage at least a quarter (12 or more minutes), with referees. Charlotte Hornet Nic Batum (right) practiced fully Sunday, and might play Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He’s most focused on learning new teammate Dwight Howard’s (center) game. Chuck Burton AP If Batum plays Wednesday, he would be back at the minimum of the six to eight weeks the team projected as his recovery time, once a Dallas specialist confirmed surgery wasn’t...Read more
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