When: 7:00 p.m. EST
Where: Spectrum Center; Charlotte, NC
How to watch: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass
It was looking bleak for the Charlotte Hornets in their last game, but they managed to pull off a major comeback. Shooting guard Jeremy Lamb hit what ended up being the game-winning jumper in a 108-107 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. However, Malik Monk and Bismack Biyombo ran onto the court thinking the game was over and it nearly cost Charlotte their epic comeback against Dwane Casey’s struggling bunch.
The bench was given a technical foul and Monk was given a slap in the head by Hornets owner Michael Jordan. The Pistons had a chance to miraculously steal the game, but their last ditch attempt failed. Now, with the Hornets on a season-long three game winning streak, they’ll be looking to build on that as they host the New York Knicks.
While the Knicks have been struggling so far this season, they may have found some nice prospects for the future in Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson and Alonzo Trier. Trier just received a two year contract after he started the season on a two-way contract. He’s gone from being an undrafted free agent from Arizona to an integral part of this Knicks team. He is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury meaning that he won’t be available for tonight's game.
Kemba Walker put up 31 points, eight rebounds, and nine assists in the Hornets win over the Pistons. However, his major shooting slump has continued over the last few weeks. He is now shooting 37 percent from the field over his last 11 games. Recently, that hasn’t impacted the Hornets results and that’s due to the stellar play of the second unit. There have been many surprising revelations about this Hornets team and the fact that the bench is good means a lot for a team that needs wins right now.
The Knicks, now coached by David “take that for data” Fizdale, started their short road trip with a 113-106 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday. There are a lot of former Charlotte Hornets players on this team including Noah Vonleh and Courtney Lee. They also have Trey Burke, who scored 42 points and dished out 12 assists in an overtime loss to the Hornets last March.
Overall, the Hornets have to stick to playing good defense against a team like this. It is another one of those take care of business games because the Hornets can’t afford to lose to another lottery team. Charlotte has already suffered some tough losses to the Chicago Bulls, Atlanta Hawks, and the Cavaliers this season. With a game like this at home, it should be imperative that this team gets off to a quick start. We’ll see if the Hornets can make it four straight wins at Spectrum Center against the Knicks.