Charlotte Hornets

Hornets Gameday: at Cleveland Cavaliers

Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers (2) is among the most offensively aggressive point guards in the NBA. He’ll be paired Saturday against the Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker.
Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers (2) is among the most offensively aggressive point guards in the NBA. He’ll be paired Saturday against the Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker. Getty Images

7:30 p.m., Quicken Loans Arena

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

Projected Starters

Hornets

Cavaliers

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

G K. Walker

23.6

4

G K. Irving

24.6

3.1

G N. Batum

13.5

7.7

G D. Liggins

2.6

1.7

F M. Kidd-Gilchrist

9.5

7.1

F L. James

23.9

7.6

F M. Williams

10

6

F K. Love

21.4

10.3

C C. Zeller

10.5

5.8

C T. Thompson

6.5

10.3

Matchup to Watch

Kemba Walker vs. Kyrie Irving Two of the most aggressive scoring point guards in the NBA this season.

Observations

▪  This is the Hornets’ second and last regular-season game in Cleveland. The Hornets pushed the Cavaliers throughout the prior meeting before losing by seven.

▪  This is the second of back-to-back games for both teams. The Hornets had a home game against the Orlando Magic. The Cavaliers were at home against the Miami Heat.

Tap-ins

▪  The Heat went into the Miami game with a 9-2 record this season at Quicken Loans Arena, the best home record in the Eastern Conference.

▪  Cavs shooting guard J.R. Smith has been out with a hyperextended left knee.

Did you know?

The Hornets’ Kidd-Gilchrist and the Cavaliers’ Irving both attended St. Patrick’s high school in Elizabeth, N.J.

Rick Bonnell

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