Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets-Toronto Raptors Pregame Report

Gerald Henderson (9) works against the Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan (10) two seasons ago.
Gerald Henderson (9) works against the Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan (10) two seasons ago. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Hornets at Raptors

7 p.m., Air Canada Centre

TV: ESPN. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610.

Projected Starters

Hornets

Raptors

Pos, Player

Ppg

Rpg

Pos, Player

Ppg

Rpg

G K. Walker

17.3

3.6

G K. Lowry

17.7

4.7

G G. Henderson

12.1

3.4

G D. DeRozan

20.1

4.6

F J. Taylor

4.3

1.8

F T. Ross

9.8

2.8

F Ma. Williams

7.4

5.0

F T. Hansbrough

3.7

3.6

C B. Biyombo

4.8

6.4

C J. Valanciunas

12.0

8.7

Matchup to Watch

DeMar DeRozan vs. Gerald Henderson: Hornets coach Steve Clifford praised Henderson on Monday for continuing to play despite hip and quadriceps injuries.

Observations

▪ The Raptors broke an eight-game losing streak in Charlotte recently. The Hornets have won the past two meetings in Toronto.

▪ The Raptors have had good luck with injuries this season, losing about 60 player games. The Hornets have more than double that many player games lost.

Tap-ins

▪ Al Jefferson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Cody Zeller, Lance Stephenson and P.J. Hairston all expected to miss the season finale with injuries.

▪ Rookie Noah Vonleh might play 30 minutes or more for the Hornets.

Did you know?

Dwane Casey is closing in on passing Sam Mitchell for winningest coach in Raptors history. Entering Tuesday night’s game in Boston, Casey had 153 victories to Mitchell’s 156.

Rick Bonnell

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