Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets Gameday: at the San Antonio Spurs

Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lamb (3) runs up the court as teammate Cody Zeller (40) celebrates a 3-point basket by Lamb against the Dallas Mavericks. The Hornets won 108-94 at Dallas on Thursday.
Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lamb (3) runs up the court as teammate Cody Zeller (40) celebrates a 3-point basket by Lamb against the Dallas Mavericks. The Hornets won 108-94 at Dallas on Thursday. AP

Hornets Gameday:

at the San Antonio Spurs

8:30 p.m, AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas

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

Projected Starters

Hornets

Spurs

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

G K. Walker

15.2

3.6

G T. Parker

11.8

3

G N. Batum

13

7.4

G D. Green

6.4

5.2

F P. Hairston

5.4

2.6

F K. Leonard

21.6

9.2

F M. Williams

11.8

9.8

F L. Aldridge

14.8

10

C A. Jefferson

16.4

7.6

F T. Duncan

10.8

9

Matchup to Watch

Al Jefferson vs. Tim Duncan, et al: Future Hall-of-Famer Duncan has struggled at times to guard Jefferson in the post without getting in foul trouble. Boris Diaw has done well at times defensively against Jefferson, denying him deep position in the post.

Observations

▪  Adding free agents LaMarcus Aldridge and David West (with West giving up big guaranteed money to opt out in Indiana) keeps the Spurs’ championship window open for at least one more season.

▪  Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard came into the league primarily with a defensive reputation, but he’s evolved like Chicago’s Jimmy Butler and Golden State’s Draymond Green into an all-around star in the making.

Tap-ins

▪  Spurs coach Gregg Popovich hired Becky Hammon as the first female NBA assistant coach, and she drew high praise for her success coaching the Spurs’ summer league team.

▪  Former North Carolina player Danny Green became a big part of the Spurs the past two seasons and they rewarded him with a four-year, $45 million contract.

Did you know?

Former Wake Forest star Duncan just recently became the winningest player with one franchise in NBA history. His 954 victories with the Spurs topped John Stockton’s 953 with the Utah Jazz.

Rick Bonnell

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