Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets at Boston Celtics preview 02.27.15

Rookie Marcus Smart (36) became the Boston Celtics’ starter at point guard when the team traded Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks. He is averaging 7.4 points and 3.0 rebounds per game.
Rookie Marcus Smart (36) became the Boston Celtics’ starter at point guard when the team traded Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks. He is averaging 7.4 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. AP

Hornets at Celtics

7:30 p.m., TD Garden

TV: SportSouth Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Hornets

Celtics

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

G M. Williams

21.0

2.3

G M. Smart

7.4

3.0

G G. Henderson

11.0

3.1

G A. Bradley

14.0

2.8

F M. Kidd-Gilchrist

10.8

7.2

F E. Turner

8.8

5.0

F C. Zeller

7.4

5.8

F B. Bass

9.8

4.3

C A. Jefferson

17.2

8.7

C T. Zeller

9.8

5.5

Matchup to watch

Mo Williams vs. Marcus Smart: Williams has been solid so far as the Hornets’ fill-in starter at point guard. Rookie Smart was thrust into the Celtics’ starting job when Rajon Rondo was traded to the Dallas Mavericks..

Observations

▪ The Hornets broke a five-game losing streak in Chicago Wednesday.

▪ The Celtics are young, but they can be dangerous; they just beat the Suns in Phoenix at the end of a three-game West Coast trip.

Tap-ins

▪ The Celtics have been playing without Kelly Olynyk (ankle sprain) and Jared Sullinger (foot stress fracture).

▪ Tyler Zeller, older brother to the Hornets’ Cody, has played well this season as a Boston starter at center.

Did you know?

The Celtics drafted Hornets center Al Jefferson; he was a key piece in the trade with Minnesota that brought Kevin Garnett to Boston.

Rick Bonnell

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