Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets Gameday: vs. the Detroit Pistons

Tobias Harris (34) was a significant trade-deadline acquisition for the Detroit Pistons.
Tobias Harris (34) was a significant trade-deadline acquisition for the Detroit Pistons. AP

7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena

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

Projected Starters

Hornets

Pistons

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

G K. Walker

21.2

4.4

G R. Jackson

19.2

3.3

G C. Lee

9.6

2.4

G K. Caldwell-Pope

14.2

3.7

F N. Batum

14.4

6.3

F T. Harris

14.2

6.8

F M. Williams

10.9

6.9

F M. Morris

13.6

4.9

C C. Zeller

9.1

6.2

C A. Drummond

16.7

15.1

Matchup to Watch

Reggie Jackson vs. Kemba Walker: Two scoring point guards having career seasons. Walker has been among the East’s top players the past month.

Observations

▪  Winning this game would be huge for the Hornets, since it would clinch a tiebreaker over the Pistons. The Hornets already own tiebreakers over the Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls.

▪  The Pistons made a significant trade near the deadline, acquiring Tobias Harris from the Orlando Magic.

Tap-ins

▪  Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy is one of Hornets coach Steve Clifford’s mentors and one of his closest friends.

▪  The Pistons are just 4-19 this season when they fail to outrebound an opponent.

Did you know?

The Pistons are second in offensive-rebound percentage. The Hornets are second in defensive-rebound percentage. Something’s got to give.

Rick Bonnell

 
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