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Game Preview: Charlotte Hornets vs Oklahoma City Thunder

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After a long All Star break, the Hornets are back in action tonight against one of the hottest teams in the league.

He's back
He's back
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When: 7 p.m. EST

Where: Charlotte, NC, Time Warner Cable Arena

How to Watch: NBA League Pass, Fox Sports South

Although the prospect of playing the Oklahoma City Thunder (29-25) is daunting for any Charlotte Hornets fan, tonight's game should prove interesting no matter what. The main reason being that the Mo Williams era starts tonight. Coach Steve Clifford must be impressed with his new point guard, because as of yesterday he hadn't yet chosen between Williams and Brian Roberts for the starting spot.

Regardless of which direction he goes (for the record I like him as the main offensive option off the bench), the Hornets are receiving a much needed offensive boost with Williams in the lineup. On the other side of the ball, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist returns after missing two and a half games to a hamstring injury. All indications are that he starts and there hasn't been any talk of a minutes restriction either. This is even better considering that Kevin Durant is also out for tonight's game due to "foot soreness".

While Bismack Biyombo remains out with a knee bruise, there may be an update tonight on his status going forward as he was scheduled to have another MRI today. Luckily for Charlotte, the Thunder are down a big man of their own today as Steven Adams remains out. Unluckily for Charlotte, the Thunder just acquired big man Enes Kanter from the Utah Jazz. Some might remember that he was one of Al Jefferson's proteges and that Kanter gives Jefferson a ton of credit for teaching him quite a bit about offense. Kanter will start tonight and get to go one-on-one with his old mentor.

A win tonight would be real impressive even despite the fact that Oklahoma City is playing without Durant. The Thunder have won four in a row, seven of their last ten, and eight in a row against the Hornets. For some reason the Thunder are just three and a half point favorites, so maybe there's a chance for Charlotte to pull an upset. Here's hoping for just that.

Last second thoughts: how will Jeff Taylor be used now that Kidd-Gilchrist is back, what about Lance Stephenson now that the team has two real point guards, will Clifford use a wing to defend Russell Westbrook, how many minutes will Mo Williams and Brian Roberts share on the floor together, and will Troy Daniels get any playing time.