When: 7:00 p.m. EST
Where: Spectrum Center; Charlotte, NC
How to watch: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass
It’s very hard to look ahead to this game with anything above the lowest of expectations. The Hornets have struggled to play a full 48 minute game since well before the All Star Break. The Warriors are the odds on favorite to win their third straight title, every player in their starting five has made an All NBA team (all five made one in 2015-16 alone), and they’re coming off a disappointing loss to the Rockets on Saturday. That followed a difficult win over the scrappy Kings. Their two shaky performances out of the break have the coach and team talking about re-focusing for the stretch run, and the Hornets sit in the unenviable position of being a jumping off point for that.
The Hornets did notch a road win against the Warriors last year, but it too a 29 point, 13 rebound, 7 assist performance from Dwight Howard to beat a Warriors team starting Shaun Livingston and Zaza Pachulia. Livingston will be replaced by Stephen Curry and Pachulia by DeMarcus Cousins for tonight’s clash. I’d call it an upgrade.
The Hornets need to get things turned around in a hurry. They’ve lost five of seven games, and the only two wins are against the basement dwelling Hawks and the reeling Wizards. Getting that turnaround started tonight is a monumental task, but it would be massive for team confidence and morale if the Hornets can do it.
And if nothing else, we can enjoy Dell Curry trying to balance being a proud father with being a Hornets broadcaster as Steph pours in buckets.