Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets Gameday: vs. the Phoenix Suns

Hornets coach Clifford says team had great February

Hornets coach Steve Clifford on the team's 7-3 record in February.
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Hornets coach Steve Clifford on the team's 7-3 record in February.

7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena

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

Projected Starters

Hornets

Suns

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

G K. Walker

20.7

4.3

G R. Price

4.8

1.1

G C. Lee

6.7

3.3

G D. Booker

10.5

2.1

F N. Batum

14.5

6.4

F P. Tucker

6.9

5.6

F M. Williams

10.8

6.8

F A. Len

7.7

6.5

C C. Zeller

9.2

6.1

C T. Chandler

5.9

8.4

Matchup to Watch

Devin Booker vs. Courtney Lee: Booker, who was under consideration for the Hornets’ lottery pick in June, has been one of the top rookies in this class. A terrific 3-point shooter, Booker has already had a 32-point game.

Observations

▪  Arguably the Hornets’ worst performance of this season was the 111-102 road loss at Phoenix, which broke a long losing streak for the Suns.

▪  The Suns waived veteran power forward Kris Humphries, allowing him to sign elsewhere in time to be eligible for the playoffs. Humphries reportedly will sign with the Atlanta Hawks.

Tap-ins

▪  This is the first of three sets of back-to-back games in March. The Hornets play the 76ers in Philadelphia Wednesday night.

▪  The Hornets must decide Tuesday whether to sign point guard Jorge Gutierrez to a second 10-day contract.

Did you know?

At 597 and counting, the Hornets have already set the franchise record for 3-pointers in a season. The previous record was 591 by the 1996-97 Hornets, with most of those 3s coming from Glen Rice and Dell Curry.

Rick Bonnell

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