Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets Gameday: versus Boston Celtics

Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker, front, will need to contain Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas on Saturday night.
Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker, front, will need to contain Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas on Saturday night. AP

7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena

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

Projected Starters

Hornets

Celtics

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

G K. Walker

17.4

4.0

G I. Thomas

21.0

2.4

G N. Batum

16.6

6.8

G A. Bradley

15.9

2.5

F P. Hairston

4.2

2.1

F J. Crowder

12.2

4.4

F M. Williams

10.5

7.1

F A. Johnson

7.9

6.0

C C. Zeller

8.1

4.9

C J. Sullinger

10.3

9.7

Matchup to Watch

Isaiah Thomas vs. Kemba Walker: The Hornets had trouble the second half of last season with Thomas’ improvisational playmaking skills.

Observations

▪  Both teams are playing the second night of back-to-back games. The Hornets were in Memphis Friday, while the Celtics had a home game versus the Golden State Warriors.

▪  The Celtics have been playing without guard Marcus Smart, who has been out since Nov. 20 with a left lower-leg injury.

Tap-ins

▪  This is the first time this season Cody Zeller will play against older brother Tyler, a Celtics reserve.

▪  Celtics forward Jae Crowder is fifth in the NBA in steals as 2.14 per game.

Did you know?

The Hornets commit the fewest turnovers in the NBA at 12.4 per game. The Celtics force the most turnovers in the league at 18.7.

Rick Bonnell

 
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