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Hornets Gameday at Washington Wizards: Will John Wall be Kemba Walker’s kryptonite?

Two of the eight worst shooting performances of the season for Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) have come against the Washington Wizards and John Wall (2).
Two of the eight worst shooting performances of the season for Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) have come against the Washington Wizards and John Wall (2). AP

7 p.m., Verizon Center

TV: Fox Sports Southeast. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610.

Projected Starters

Hornets

Wizards

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

F, M. Kidd Gilchrist

9.2

7.1

F, O. Porter

13.6

6.4

F, M. Williams

11.5

6.6

F, M. Morris

13.8

6.5

C, Cody Zeller

10.5

6.5

C, M. Gortat

10.7

10.6

G, N. Batum

15.1

6.4

G, B. Beal

23.1

3.1

G, K. Walker

23.1

5.5 apg

G, J. Wall

23.2

10.7 apg

Matchup to Watch

Kemba Walker vs. John Wall: Two of Walker’s eight worst shooting performances of the season have come when matched up against Wall.

Observations

▪  With 802 assists, Wall, who’s from Raleigh, has set a Wizards single-season franchise record. Rodney Strickland tallied 801 assists during the 1997-98 season.

▪  In 19 career games against Washington, Nic Batum has averaged 6.9 rebounds, his most against any NBA team.

Tap-ins

▪  Washington holds a 2-1 edge in the season series against the Hornets. Both teams have split the series at two games apiece in each of the past two seasons.

▪  Having made 229 3-pointers this season, Walker is 15 shy of breaking Jason Richardson’s franchise record of 243, which he set during the 2007-08 season.

Did you know?

The Wizards clinched the franchise’s first division title in 38 years with a win over the Los Angeles Lakers last Tuesday, snapping the longest division title drought in the four major North American pro sports leagues.

Pat James

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