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Hornets pregame update: Monday at home against Toronto Raptors

By Richard Walker

Charlotte Hornets coach James Borrego said before Monday’s second preseason game at home against Toronto that Malik Monk will return to action, probably in the second half.

Monk, a fourth-year player, missed the first part of Hornets’ training camp after testing positive for COVID-19.

But after getting medical clearance to participate in practice drills on Saturday and Sunday, Borrego said he’s ready to give Monk some playing time.

“His conditioning is a work in progress,” Borrego said. “But tonight he’ll get some run.”

Borrego plans to start the same lineup he used in Saturday’s 111-100 preseason opener against Toronto – guards Devonte’ Graham and Terry Rozier, forwards Gordon Hayward and P.J. Washington and center Cody Zeller – but hopes to give them 20-25 minutes of action. Each starter played just a little less than 20 minutes on Saturday.

The team also announced rookie Grant Riller, a second round pick in last month’s NBA draft, won’t play on Monday due to a knee injury.