The Charlotte Hornets will be without one of their key roles for potentially the rest of the regular season as striker Miles Bridges expected to miss the next 10 to 14 days due to health and safety protocols per. The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Charlotte announced that Bridges will be out for their Tuesday night game against the Detroit Pistonsin addition to being without Gordon Hayward, Devonte ‘Graham and Cody Martin due to injuries and PJ Washington for personal reasons.
With only eight games left on Charlotte’s schedule, it’s not ideal to lose Bridges at this point, as the team is still struggling for playoff positioning in the Eastern Conference. The Hornets sit 2.5 games left by the Boston Celtics for seventh place, which is crucial as the team in seventh place only needs to win one game in the play-in tournament to secure a record season.
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Bridges has been on a tear recently with an average of 20.6 points in his last 10 games, while making 7.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and a blocked shot a game. He also shoots 46.7 percent deep from over six attempts on a game during this span as well as 51.5 percent from the field. Although he typically comes off the bench as a spark for the Hornets, Bridges was pushed into the starting lineup over the last month as Hayward has been out with a foot injury and he has excelled in the new role.
His athleticism, energy and 3-point shooting have been beneficial to Charlotte. When Bridges and Hayward are out of the team, the Hornets will have to reach deep into their roster to fill that void. On the bright side, rookie LaMelo Ball has returned to the starting lineup after missing 21 games with a broken wrist, but Charlotte has not been able to be completely healthy for some time.