Where: Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte N.C.
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
(Note: Preseason games may not be broadcast.)
The Charlotte Hornets dispatched the depleted New York Knicks 97-93 with solid performances from multiple players. Al Jefferson scored twelve points, Kemba Walker added ten points, and rookie Frank Kaminsky added twelve points and a team leading eight rebounds. The Hornets looked a bit sluggish in their first game back from their China trip. The team showed off it's depth with eight different bench players scoring at least five points. The Hornets now look to the Fred Hoiberg-coached Chicago Bulls.
The Hornets bench will be bolstered by the return of P.J. Hairston and Troy Daniels; barring no new soreness per Rick Bonnell. No word yet on if Jeremy Lin is returning yet from illness. Marvin Williams didn't have a great game starting at small but it was one performance and he'll certainly play better after a day of rest. Cody Zeller and Nicolas Batum continue their average play in the starting line up. Zeller continues his absurd shooting hitting 89 percent of his shots. He also has hit two threes so far in preseason which is certainly a start to becoming a stretch four. Tyler Hansbrough has continued to his impressive rebounding with an average of 10.3 rebounds in 21.5 minutes. Jeremy Lamb has certainly had a solid preseason, and he make his way into the starting lineup by the regular season. Everybody is going to chip in and contribute like they did in the victory over the Knicks. Bench scoring is going to be key to this season's success.
The Chicago Bulls started Nikola Mirotic, Pau Gasol, and Joakim Noah in the front court against the Detroit Pistons and it certainly didn't have the intended effect. The big men shot a combined seven of 21 from the field. Look for new coach Fred Hoiberg to move away from that lineup and go smaller with Doug McDermottt. Jimmy Butler looks to be the new offensive star of this team with his new five year, $95 million contract. He has struggled with scoring in preseason just averaging 10.4 points, but then again it's just preseason. E'Twaun Moore has done a serviceable job at point guard with the absence of Derrick Rose. Overall the Bulls just look a tad off. Their new offense looks much more fluid from last year and that's due to Fred Hoiberg bringing in speed and shooting.
Overall I think the Bulls are due for a victory after a few off games. Hopefully players like Frank Kaminsky and Jeremy Lamb continue their solid play. Finally Fred Hoiberg gave us my favorite quote of the preseason.
Haven't heard this one before and I like it. Hoiberg, on Bulls' one-on-one play: "We got a little thirsty on our shot selection."— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) October 9, 2015