When: 7:00 p.m. EDT
Where: Spectrum Center; Charlotte, NC
How to watch: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass
Just when it looked like they were down and out, the Hornets reeled off back to back wins against Eastern Conference contenders. Those wins are the most recent of a three game winning streak that started with the Hornets’ collective back firmly up against the wall. Now they’ll need to carry that momentum into tonight’s contest against a Spurs team that somehow has an outside shot at home court advantage in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.
What the Spurs are doing is nothing short of miraculous. They shipped away their disgruntled superstar and one of the league’s most underrated two-way players in Danny Green. The big return was DeMar DeRozan, a mid-range maven that shouldn’t fit well at all next to LaMarcus Aldridge, who also feasts in the mid-range. But it works.
A team whose two leading scorers each shoot fewer than 0.7 3-pointers per game shouldn’t win NBA basketball games in 2019, but the Spurs do. They recently had a nine game winning streak halted by back-to-back losses to the Heat and Rockets, but they regathered themselves to run the Boston Celtics off the floor in Boston on Sunday.
The Hornets will be receiving some reinforcements for tonight’s contest. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has been cleared from the concussion protocol and Tony Parker is back after being out for personal reasons. There’s no word on if and how those two will be worked back into the rotation. Head coach James Borrego will probably be hesitant to tinker too much with a group that’s played very well in recent days, and Parker is apparently okay with that. Nicolas Batum is still out while he deals with a virus that’s caused him to lose eight pounds.
After tonight’s game, the Hornets will only have two homes games left against six road games. They need this one to keep their faint playoff hopes alive.