NBA: Hornets lose center Kaminsky to shoulder injury

Charlotte Hornets center Frank Kaminsky has suffered a sprained joint in his left shoulder and will miss the team's NBA game Saturday at Denver, the club announced Friday.

The 23-year-old 7-footer (2.13m) was hurt with 7:38 remaining in the fourth quarter of Charlotte's 120-103 loss at Phoenix on Thursday.

Kaminsky, the 2015 US College Player of the Year for Wisconsin, will have the shoulder re-evaluated when the Hornets return to North Carolina on Sunday ahead of Monday's home game against Indiana.

The Hornets, owned by retired NBA legend Michael Jordan, are 26-35 -- three games behind Detroit for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference with 21 games remaining.

Kaminsky, selected ninth overall in the 2015 NBA Draft, is averaging 11.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per contest for the Hornets. Since February 1, his 17.9 points a game ranks third among all second-year players in the NBA.