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Hayward expected to return for Hornets

Charlotte forward probable to play vs. 76ers after missing the last 22 games

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Gordon Hayward will likely make his return on Saturday against the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Hornets forward has missed 22 games after suffering an ankle sprain on Feb. 7 against Toronto.

Prior to the injury, Hayward made 48 starts and averaged 16.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.

After signing a four-year, $120 million dollar contract, Hayward has played in 92 of a possible 150 games due to injury and COVID-19.

Charlotte is one of the hottest teams in the Eastern Conference lately, winning eight of their last ten games, and clinching a spot in the NBA Play-In Tournament.

The Hornets have five games remaining, beginning Saturday in Philadelphia. 

Tip is set for 12:30 p.m.

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