When: 7:00 p.m. EST
Where: Spectrum Center; Charlotte, NC
How to watch: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass
The Charlotte Hornets are coming off a surprising loss to the New York Knicks on Friday night. After controlling most of the game, James Borrego’s group let it slip out of their grasp late, ultimately succumbing in overtime. Luckily there isn’t any time to dwell on the loss. The Los Angeles Lakers are here.
The Lakers are the Cleveland Cavaliers in a bigger city. It’s a team with some glimmers of hope in young players and a troop of random veterans being carried on the back of LeBron James. After struggling in the first couple weeks of the season, the Lakers have found their stride and have won 13 of their last 18 games.
The biggest on court story line is the one between LeBron and Kemba Walker. The two have squared off 22 times in their careers. LeBron has won all 22. The Hornets as a team have beaten LeBron once during Walker’s tenure, but Kemba missed that game with a knee injury. Tonight the Hornets will look to break that streak and get back over .500.
The biggest off court story line and perhaps the story of the game is that this is the last game in which Stephanie Ready will be a part of the Hornets broadcast team. No word on what her next venture is, but she’s moving on to (hopefully) bigger and better things after spending 15 years with the Hornets/Bobcats. She’s been a phenomenal contributor both as a sideline reporter and a color commentator. If for nothing else, you should tune into the game tonight to hear Stephanie Ready talk Hornets basketball one last time.