It's finally here.
The Charlotte Hornets open their regular season against the Milwaukee Bucks in good ol' Wisconsin tonight. The Bucks are a great team for the Hornets to get their feet wet against. Better than the Cleveland Cavaliers or San Antonio Spurs, anyway.
Here's what you need to know to tune in:
What: Hornets at Bucks
When: Oct. 26, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Where: BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
TV: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass
Radio: WFNZ 610 AM, WFNZ 102.5 FM
The Bucks improved somewhat over the offseason, only really losing replacement-level players like O.J. Mayo and Jerryd Bayless. They did, however, lose Khris Middletorn to a torn hamstring in September and do not expect him back until 2017. In terms of additions, they acquired NBA champion Matthew Dellavedova, Mirza Teletovic, and Michael Beasley.
If you want a closer look at what the Bucks did over the summer, I highly recommend checking out Brew Hoop's season preview before the game.
Expect Marvin Williams to start tonight. He suffered a broken finger during preseason but is apparently good to go tonight. Cody Zeller, who's been dealing with a bone bruise since April and hasn't participated in many practices as a result, is available. Available -- everyone's favorite platitude about a player's health. Frank Kaminsky (foot sprain) and Brian Roberts (hamstring) are out.
Here are tonight's projected starters:
|Kemba Walker||PG||Giannis Antetokounmpo|
|Nicolas Batum||SG||Matthew Dellavedova|
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist||SF||Jabari Parker|
|Marvin Williams||PF||John Henson|
|Roy Hibbert||C||Miles Plumlee|
Keep an eye on how the Hornets decide to guard Antetokounmpo tonight. Will Steve Clifford try to make him a scorer? Deny him the ball? Switch on pick and rolls? It's hard to say, but it'll be fascinating to watch.
Welcome back though, friends!
Hop on down to the comments to chat about tonight's game.