When; 8:00 pm EST
Where: Spectrum Center; Charlotte, NC
How to watch: Fox Sports South, NBA League Pass
The Hornets are back in action after a brush with covid forced games against the Bulls and Nuggets to be postponed. Waiting for the Hornets after their layoff is a Warriors team on the second night of a road back to back.
The extended break gave the Hornets time to get healed up. Gordon Hayward, who missed Sunday’s game with a sore back, is probable. PJ Washington is back for sure after missing a couple games due to covid protocols. Devonte’ Graham and the Martin twins are still out though.
Tonight’s game is extremely important for the Hornets. It’s their last home game before a six game road trip against Western Conference opponents takes them into the All Star break. A .500 record in that stretch would be an accomplishment, so it’s important the Hornets steal this win at home.
They have the advantage of being well rested while the Warriors are fresh off a fourth quarter collapse and loss to the Orlando Magic on Friday night. But the Warriors have Stephen Curry. Curry is averaging 35 points per game in the month of February while shooting 54.9% from the floor and 45.5% from three, though he is coming off back to back games of sub-40% shooting.
His supporting cast isn’t what it once was, but it’s still formidable. Draymond Green is still there, though he doesn’t seem like quite the superstar when he isn’t surrounded by All NBA talent. Andrew Wiggins and Kelly Oubre are kind of like super diet off brand versions of Curry’s former wing-mates. Andrew Wiggins has been solid. So has Kelly Oubre after a historically cold start to the season.
Unfortunately we’re not going to get another match-up between heralded rookies. Rookie James Wiseman, who was taken one pick ahead of LaMelo Ball, is out tonight with a wrist injury.