When: 6:00 p.m. Eastern
How to watch: NBATV and WatchESPN
The Hornets advanced to the second round of the Las Vegas Summer League tournament thanks to a dominant win over the Warriors on Wednesday night, setting up a meeting with the summer Raptors. The Raptors are the tournament’s 29 seed out of 30 teams. They lost each of their three preliminary games by double digits before upsetting the 4 seed Denver Nuggets in the tournament’s first round.
The Summer League version of the Raptors are led by two NBA wings, rising sophomore O.G. Anunoby and former Hornets draft pick traded for Marco Belinelli, Malachi Richardson. The duo are top two in their squad in both minutes and points per game, with Anunoby averaging 15.8 points in 27.3 minutes and Richardson averaging 12.3 points in 23.8 minutes.
Their 85-77 win over the Nuggets was spurred by the play of their bench. Anunoby led the team in scoring with 22 points, but the other three Raptors to score in double figures all did so off the bench. Alfonzo McKinnie scored 10 and was +19 for the game, Giddy Potts scored 14 and was +20, and Chris Boucher scored 15 and was also +20.
The Hornets trio of roster players have played very well in recent games. While a lot of teams have started resting their roster guys, the Hornets have stressed the importance of the roster guys getting minutes, so hopefully we continue to see Miles Bridges, Willy Hernangomez, and Dwayne Bacon get significant minutes.
If the Hornets lose this game, they’re summer league campaign is over. If they win, they’ll take on the winner of Cavs/Rockets tomorrow at 3 p.m. Eastern time.