Where: American Airlines Arena; Miami, FL
When: 7:00 p.m. EST.
How to watch: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass
Despite a great second half effort, the Charlotte Hornets suffered an excruciating opening night loss in their home opener to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night. On Friday, the team bounced back with a 120-88 victory over the Orlando Magic Now, they look to get a win in their third game in four nights against another southeast division rival, the Miami Heat. Kemba Walker will look to continue his hot start to the season against a gritty, Eric Spoelstra led bunch.
The two-time all-star point guard has started the season 12 for 23 from three point range in his first two games. As a team. the Hornets had 32 assists on 43 made field goals against a Magic team coming off of an impressive victory against the Heat in their season opener. It was an impressive performance on both ends of the floor for the Hornets and they look to continue building early season momentum.
In Miami, the biggest story all season will be the swan song of one of the all-time great players in Dwyane Wade. The future hall of famer is retiring at the end of the season after an illustrious career that includes three championships and an NBA Finals MVP. However, this Heat team is very well coached and has a lot of talent.
Josh Richardson continues to be one of the NBA’s most underrated players. Goran Dragic was an all-star last season and is looking to continue to build his status as one of the leagues best point guards. Hassan Whiteside is talented, but he is looking to become a better defender this year. It is tough to play Miami on the road especially on an early season back to back.
Overall, the Hornets have to limit Miami on the offensive glass. The Heat picked up 22 offensive rebounds in their win over the Washington Wizards on Thursday night. One of those led to the game winning lay up by Kelly Olynyk, another one of Miami’s talented frontcourt pieces. It will be interesting to see if James Borrego’s team can continue to shoot well from three like they have so far. We’ll see if the Hornets can make this a good road trip to start the season.