Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker will miss Monday’s home game against Minnesota Timberwolves after sitting out practice Sunday at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Walker also missed Saturday’s 80-71 overtime victory over the Indiana Pacers with a sore left knee. The Hornets say the source of that pain is a cyst that Walker has had since high school.
Walker has been a particularly durable player in his 3-plus NBA seasons in Charlotte. He played every game his first two NBA seasons. He missed nine games last season – seven to a left ankle sprain and two to a groin strain.
Though his left knee occasionally has some inflammation due to this cyst, Walker hasn’t previously missed any games with the ailment.
With Walker out, the Hornets will again start Brian Roberts at point guard. Third-string point guard Jannero Pargo is still out with a sore lower back, so shooting guards Gary Neal and Lance Stephenson will help with the ball-handling.
Center Al Jefferson, who has missed the last nine games with a groin strain, practiced Sunday. Jefferson might be cleared to play in Wednesday’s home game against the Miami Heat.