The Charlotte Hornets (19-16) are back at home tonight taking on the absolutely terrifying Oklahoma City Thunder (21-14). The Hornets lost their last two games -- one against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the other against the Chicago Bulls -- and have struggled mightily over the last few weeks.
Their defense hasn't just slipped. It's in a full-on free fall. The Hornets are giving up 108.5 points per 100 possessions over their last 10 games. That's a far cry from last season's mark of 101.8.
That makes tonight's game against the NBA's walking triple-double frightening as a Hornets fan. But hey, the Hornets have to get back on track at some point, right?
Here's what you need to know to tune in:
What: Hornets vs. Thunder
When: Jan. 4, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
TV: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass
Radio: WFNZ 610 AM, WFNZ 102.5 FM
Cody Zeller is still out with a concussion, but he passed the first phase of the NBA's concussion protocol earlier today. Hopefully he's available for the weekend. Marco Belinelli is finally back in action, thankfully. The Hornets have sorely missed his poise and shooting ability off the bench.Here are tonight's projected starters. Only Cameron Payne is out for the Thunder.
Here are tonight's projected starters:
|Kemba Walker||PG||Russell Westbrook|
|Nicolas Batum||SG||Victor Oladipo|
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist||SF||Andre Roberson|
|Marvin Williams||PF||Domantas Sabonis|
|Roy Hibbert||C||Steven Adams|
Hop on down to the comments to chat about tonight's game.