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Hornets G Batum slated to make season debut

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(TSX / STATS) -- Charlotte Hornets guard Nicolas Batum is in line to make his regular-season debut on Wednesday after tearing his ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow last month.

Batum will be in the starting lineup against the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers barring a "drastic" setback, Hornets coach Steve Clifford said on Tuesday.

"He did a ton yesterday, and he feels good today," Clifford said, to the Charlotte Observer. "He feels good and he looks good."

Batum said as much on Tuesday, telling the newspaper that he's ready to play.

"If the coaches and the training staff are OK with it, it should be a go tomorrow," Batum told the Observer.

The 28-year-old Batum injured his elbow just 34 seconds into a preseason game against the Detroit Pistons on Oct. 4.

Batum averaged 15.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists last season in his second campaign with Charlotte. He is entering the second season of a five-year, $120 million contract.

Updated November 14, 2017

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