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Terry Rozier doubtful Sunday vs. Hawks with ankle injury

The Hornets guard has been off to a hot start this season.

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Terry Rozier of the Charlotte Hornets handles the ball during the game against the New Orleans Pelicans on October 21, 2022 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Saturday update: Rozier is officially listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Hawks with an ankle injury. LaMelo Ball has already been ruled out. Dennis Smith Jr. is likely to get the start at point guard for the Hornets.

Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier, who has been one of the team’s best players in the season, left the arena Friday in a walking boot. His status for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks is up in the air.

Rozier has been highly inefficient early in the season but is the leading scorer for the Hornets in LaMelo Ball’s absence. The team is already down James Bouknight due to a legal issue, so Dennis Smith Jr. could be in line for a real opportunity to rebuild his image. Smith Jr. will likely be the starting point guard if Rozier cannot play in Sunday’s game.

The Hornets are 1-1 to start a pivotal season under Steve Clifford. Charlotte has been bounced from the play-in tournament in back-to-back seasons, so progress would be getting out of that bracket. However, if Rozier is out, that will be a major challenge as the Hornets would be without their top two players.