Nicolas Batum injury update: Hornets guard fractures finger in win vs. Bulls, report says

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The Hornets kicked off their season with a victory over the Bulls on Wednesday, but lost one of their key players in the process.

Charlotte's Nicolas Batum broke his middle finger during the team's 126-125 win over Chicago, the team announced Wednesday.

Batum was expected to be one of Charlotte's go-to scorers this season after Kemba Walker left for Boston in free agency this summer.

The 30-year-old came off the bench and played just 11 minutes in Wednesday's win before exiting the game due to the injury. He recorded zero points, four rebounds and two assists.

Charlotte (1-0) hosts Minnesota (1-0) on Friday at 7 p.m. ET.