Hornets vs. Lakers
7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena
TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610.
G M. Williams
G J. Clarkson
G G. Henderson
G W. Ellington
F M. Kidd-Gilchrist
F R. Kelly
F C. Zeller
F C. Boozer
C A. Jefferson
C R. Sacre
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Matchup to Watch
Gerald Henderson vs. Wayne Ellington: These two have been best friends since they played high school ball together in suburban Philadelphia. They played against each other a lot when Henderson was at Duke and Ellington was at North Carolina.
▪ The Lakers’ season effectively ended when Kobe Bryant had rotator-cuff surgery. It would have been a struggle to make the playoffs regardless, but minus Bryant the Lakers had no shot.
▪ The Hornets had interest in Tarik Black before the Lakers claimed him off waivers.
▪ For a second-round pick, ex-Duke player Ryan Kelly has done well as a frequent starter for the Lakers.
▪ A back injury ended Steve Nash’s season and likely his career.
Did you know?
The Lakers’ home victory against the Hornets on Nov. 9 was that franchise’s first win of the season after five consecutive losses.