Charlotte Hornets

Hornets Gameday: at the New Orleans Pelicans

The Charlotte Hornets' head coach Steve Clifford, middle, coaches his players, Marvin Williams, left, P.J. Hairston, Nicolas Batum and Kemba Walker, right, during Wednesday’s game in Charlotte. The Hornets won 107-84.
The Charlotte Hornets' head coach Steve Clifford, middle, coaches his players, Marvin Williams, left, P.J. Hairston, Nicolas Batum and Kemba Walker, right, during Wednesday’s game in Charlotte. The Hornets won 107-84. AP

8 p.m., Smoothie King Center

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

Projected Starters

Hornets

Pelicans

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

G K. Walker

19.1

4.1

G T. Evans

16.7

6.0

G N. Batum

15.7

6.4

G E. Gordon

13.0

2.1

F P. Hairston

6.0

2.6

F D. Cunningham

4.0

3/4

F M. Willaims

9.4

6.5

F A. Davis

22.8

1./8

C C. Zeller

9.2

6.1

F O. Asik

2.9

5.0

Matchup to Watch

Anthony Davis vs. Marvin Williams: Davis is perhaps the NBA’s most dynamic all-around power forward. Williams will need some help containing him, particularly in a game in New Orleans.

Observations

▪  The Pelicans hired Alvin Gentry, who grew up in Shelby and played for Appalachian State, as their head coach last spring. He had previously been lead assistant with the NBA champion Golden State Warriors.

▪  The Hornets broke a seven-game losing streak Wednesday with a home blowout of the Atlanta Hawks. Hornets owner Michael Jordan addressed the team at practice Tuesday.

Tap-ins

▪  Charlotte’s Jeremy Lamb had to leave Wednesday’s victory over the Atlanta Hawks with a strained right big toe. The Hornets list Lamb as questionable for this game.

▪  The Pelicans won in Sacramento Wednesday to break a four-game losing streak. They have lost six of their last eight games.

Did you know?

Gentry is a first cousin of former N.C. State great David Thompson.

Rick Bonnell

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