When: 7 p.m.
Where: Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC
Why: For a win, of course!
Well, this is fun.
The Charlotte Hornets are the holders of the NBA's worst losing streak — at 10 — after the Philadelphia 76ers picked up their first win of the season on Wednesday. The Hornets haven't won a game since November 14, which was an unlikely 103-95 victory against the Phoenix Suns.
Since then, the Hornets have only played a sub-.500 team twice, and instead have played numerous games against Western Conference powerhouses. Tonight, however, the Hornets are taking on the lowly New York Knicks. Is there a win to be had?
The Knicks are a disappointing 4-16 this season, and are also dealing with quite the losing streak of their own (six games). Since a front office overhaul that saw Phil Jackson managing the team and Derek Fisher coaching it, things just haven't been working for the Knicks. They look like a team unsure of whether or not a rebuild is the right move, and as a result find themselves stuck in mediocrity.
Carmelo Anthony is averaging 22.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game this season with averages of 44.9 percent from the field and an unfamiliar 35.1 percent from behind the arc. He's a difficult player to match up against due to his combination of size, speed, and skill, and without Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the Hornets may struggle to limit Anthony's scoring opportunities.
Iman Shumpert is playing at a high level this season too. If Lance Stephenson can contain him and not be distracted by his hair when Shumpert's guarding him, the Hornets stand a good chance to come out with a win.
Where this game may truly be decided, however, is at the point guard position. The Knicks no longer have Tyson Chandler protecting the paint, and while Dalembert is an admirable defender, Kemba Walker should have no problems getting to the rim against Jose Calderon, Shane Larkin, and Pablo Prigioni. None of these players are known as stellar defenders, so Walker should have an excellent game if he's aggressive early.
I can smell a win. Can you?
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