The Bobcats did not believe the injury to be severe which is why it has taken so long for the news to come out. However, recent medical tests revealed that Henderson did indeed suffer a bad sprain in which his foot will take a few weeks to recover.
Henderson is off to a slow start this year after he was Charlotte’s leading scorer last season. However, he is still averaging 12.5 points, 2.0 assists, and 2.0 rebounds per game. He also leads the team in steals with an average of 3.0 per game.
Henderson was a critical part of the Bobcats 90-89 victory over the talented Indiana Pacers in Charlotte’s home opener. In 36 minutes, the 24-year-old scored 18 points with three assists, one rebound, two blocks and five steals. He also converted 42.9 percent of his shots from the field, went 2-for-5 from beyond the arc and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line.
There is no question the Bobcats will miss Henderson’s presence in the starting lineup as he is a huge part of the team. However, the good news is Charlotte has two veteran backups that can take his place in the lineup.
Either Ramon Sessions or Ben Gordon will take over the starting duties. Sessions is averaging 16.5 points and 4.5 steals per game in 25.0 minutes, while Gordon is averaging 8.0 points. Sessions, the backup point guard, is the more likely of the two to get the nod as he is one of the top performers on the team in the early part of the 2012 season.
The Bobcats (1-1) will take on the Phoenix Suns (1-3) Wednesday night in Charlotte.
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