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Charlotte Hornets vs Atlanta Hawks GameThread

The Hornets hope to get their first win of the new season against the Hawks at home. Can they pull it off?

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Charlotte Hornets (0-2) are taking on the Atlanta Hawks (2-1) in North Carolina this afternoon.

The Hornets' first two games, while they were losses, were relatively close games on the road. Now, the Hornets are finally on their home floor –– fully rested –– ready to take back a win they lost to the Hawks just days ago. Divisional games hold extra value in the NBA, as whatever team wins its division gets homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs. While NBA commissioner Adam Silver said there will be changes to the current system, that's where we're at right now.

Unfortunately, the Hornets' two losses so far were against division rivals.

While I'm usually against placing unnecessary importance on individual games, this afternoon's game against the Hawks is a must-win. Yes, the Hawks are division rivals. Yes, thousands of fans are eager to see their team win tonight. But this game holds tremendous importance for the Hornets' morale, too.

Don't let them fool you: Opening a season with a record of 0-3 is deflating, despite the clichés players spew about being focused on the next game and leaving a bad loss behind. Players are people. They remember things with emotional association, the same way the rest of us do.

So a win tonight would do wonders for their morale.

Here are this afternoon's projected starters:

Charlotte Hornets
Atlanta Hawks
PG Kemba Walker Jeff Teague
SG Nicolas Batum Kyle Korver
SF P.J. Hairston Kent Bazemore
PF Marvin Williams Paul Millsap
C Al Jefferson Al Horford

Hop into the comments. Let's basketball!