Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets Gameday: vs. Atlanta Hawks

Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker, left, tries to block a pass from Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague (0) in the second half of Friday’s game in Atlanta. The Hawks won 97-94.
Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker, left, tries to block a pass from Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague (0) in the second half of Friday’s game in Atlanta. The Hawks won 97-94. AP

2 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena

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

Projected Starters

Hornets

Hawks

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

G K. Walker

16.0

4.0

G J. Teague

18.3

2.3

G N. Batum

11.5

8.5

G K. Korver

11.0

4.5

F P. Hairston

3.0

0.5

F K. Bazemore

8.0

5.7

F M. Williams

13

12

F P. Millsap

16.0

9.7

C A. Jefferson

13.5

8.0

C A. Horford

18.0

6.3

Matchup to Watch

Paul Millsap vs. Marvin Williams/Cody Zeller: Millsap was a terrific free-agent signing for the Hawks a few years ago. He ended up an All-Star and got a big contract extension from Atlanta.

Observations

▪  The Hornets’ transition defense has been lacking and that could be big trouble against Hawks point guards Jeff Teague and Dennis Schroder, both of whom push the ball so well on the fast break.

▪  The Hornets home opener is a rare Sunday afternoon game. This happened in part because the Carolina Panthers don’t play until Monday night. The Hornets would not have chosen to go head-to-head with a Panthers game.

Tap-ins

▪  Needing to unload salary over the summer to facilitate signings, the San Antonio Spurs sent center Tiago Splitter to Atlanta. That looks like a fine pickup for the Hawks.

▪  The Hornets have planned a variety of entertainment around the arena starting at noon, including live music.

Did you know?

Last season Hawks guard Kyle Korver became the first player in NBA history to lead the league in 3-point percentage three times. He shot 49.2 percent outside the arc in the 2014-15 season.

Rick Bonnell

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