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.
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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.