Where: Spectrum Center; Charlotte, North Carolina
When: 7:00 p.m. EST
How to watch: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA TV
Despite that the Hornets playoff chances are almost gone, they are still fighting until the bitter and inevitable end. Charlotte got a great effort from Dwight Howard (23 points, 13 rebounds) and Kemba Walker (31 points) in a 137-128 overtime win over the New York Knicks on Monday night. Kemba hit the tying 3-pointer to send the game to overtime and took over from there. The Hornets also got help from the bench as four reserves scored in double figures.
The Hornets now look ahead to a game against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night at Spectrum center. LeBron has dominated (as usual) against the Hornets this season. He had 31 points, six rebounds and eight assists in a, 115-107, win at Charlotte in November. In addition to that, he put up 27 points, 16 rebounds and 13 assists in a, 100-99, home win later that same month.
James was held to a more-human 18 points on 7-for-18 shooting in a blowout road loss against the Miami Heat on Tuesday. He played 38 minutes on the first night of a road back-to-back. Containing LeBron is impossible, so the Hornets have to limit the other key contributors for the Cavs.
One of those players, Kevin Love, returned from injury and has looked great since he came back. However, he sustained a loose tooth after being elbowed in the teeth in the first quarter of Tuesday’s game. He will be evaluated for a concussion along with some dental work. If he doesn’t play, Larry Nance Jr. and Tristan Thompson will get their chance at Dwight Howard and Willy Hernangomez.
Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue is still away from the team due to a health issue. In his place, Larry Drew has filled in as the acting head coach. He is tasked with getting the rotations right for the Cavs and Steve Clifford must do the same if the Hornets want to get a win. It’ll be a tough task, but with good shooting and defense, the Hornets can make the Cavs work especially on the second night of a back-to-back.
The Cavs will be looking to take their frustration out on the Hornets on Wednesday night. It will be a physical game, similar to their game against the Heat. If the Hornets hang around, they could spoil the party and ruin the Cavs playoff seeding. We will see what happens when the Charlotte Hornets take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Spectrum Center on Wednesday night.
Finally, if things go right, Kemba Walker could pass Dell Curry for most points all-time in franchise history. Tonight is worth tuning in for that alone.