It’s difficult to write a preview for a game that seems so far beyond the Hornets reach.
After dropping their fifth straight to a very beatable Portland Trailblazers squad, the team got on a plane and flew into the Bay Area to compete against the best team in the league, while coming off a back to back.
It was the second loss on this mini three game road trip out west and the second significant and inexplicable losing streak of this young year. It was speculated that the first was due to just that, a road trip. The team being away from home caught up with them and therefore the offense and bench play suffered. However, this time around the team has been at home, they’ve played mediocre competition, yet still end up with a loss.
The absence of Cody Zeller, who will most likely miss his fifth straight against the Warriors with a quad contusion, seems to have really hurt the Hornets. Just like in his first couple seasons where the loss of an injured Michael Kidd-Gilchrist would always show up in the wins and losses column more so than even the stats sheet itself, Cody’s absence has been a difficult one to overcome especially with a bench that is far from the deepest in NBA. No other front-court player for the Hornets possesses the special combination of skill and athletic ability unique to Zeller.
As far as Golden State is concerned, they come into the contest as good as ever, having won there last three to officially put them at 31-7 on the season.
At the very least this will be a game with intriguing match ups, not the least of which will take place at the point guard position. Now that Kemba Walker has been named to his first All-Star game, it will be interesting to see how he takes the challenge of going head-to-head with the man beloved around the basketball world, and specifically in Walker’s adopted hometown of Charlotte, NC.
The game will begin at 10:30 pm.
Make sure and rest up, for the team will need the vibes.