CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker suffered a contusion on his left knee during Monday night's NBA preseason game against the Orlando Magic.
Walker, playing in the final year of his rookie contract with the Hornets, was injured early in the third quarter. With 10 minutes remaining in the third quarter, Walker had come up with his own rebound on a missed 3-pointer, and was driving to the basket for a layup when he suddenly pulled up.
Walker walked slowly along the baseline as play moved to the other end of the court before Charlotte called timeout. A minute later, Walker was taken to the locker room. He did not return for Monday's game, finishing with 11 points, six rebounds and five assists.
Walker, the ninth pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, was coming off a career-best season for Charlotte, which advanced to the NBA Playoffs for the first time since 2010. He averaged 17.7 points, 6.1 assists and 4.2 rebounds, all career highs.