Charlotte Hornets

Hornets-Lakers preview

Rotator-cuff surgery for Kobe Bryant effectively scuttled the Los Angeles Lakers’ season.
Rotator-cuff surgery for Kobe Bryant effectively scuttled the Los Angeles Lakers’ season. AP

Hornets vs. Lakers

7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610.

Projected Starters

Hornets

Lakers

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

G M. Williams

23.4

3.2

G J. Clarkson

8.4

2.2

G G. Henderson

11.1

3.1

G W. Ellington

9.5

3.3

F M. Kidd-Gilchrist

10.8

7.5

F R. Kelly

4.9

2.0

F C. Zeller

7.6

5.8

F C. Boozer

12.5

6.1

C A. Jefferson

17.1

8.8

C R. Sacre

4.6

3.5

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.

Observations

▪ 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.

Tap-ins

▪ 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.

Rick Bonnell

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