Kemba Walker returned to the Charlotte Hornets’ lineup Wednesday after missing 18 games because of a torn meniscus, but things didn’t go well for Walker and the Hornets against the Sacramento Kings.
The point guard came off the bench and scored just six points on 2-of-9 shooting in 16 minutes of action in a 113-106 loss. And while individual game +/- isn’t always a great indicator for the impact a player makes in a game, Walker was a team-worst -10 and that seemed about right.
Charlotte went 10-8 in Walker’s absence, but the Hornets had been playing much better of late, thanks in large part to the trade for Mo Williams. Charlotte had won six of its last eight games to drag itself into the Eastern Conference playoff picture, although the Miami Heat have moved a half-game ahead of the Hornets for the No. 8 seed, at least momentarily.
It’s sure to take some time for Walker to get his legs back under him, but if and when he does, Charlotte will have a nice 1-2 point-guard punch.