Charlotte Hornets

Preview: Memphis Grizzlies at Charlotte Hornets, 7 p.m. Saturday

Hornets vs. Memphis Grizzlies

7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Hornets Grizzlies
Pos, Player Ppg Rpg Pos, Player Ppg Rpg
G, K. Walker 26.0 6.0 G, M. Conley 16.0 1.0
G, L. Stephenson 7.0 13.0 G, C. Lee 14.0 1.0
F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist 17.0 6.0 F, T. Allen 8.0 3.0
F, M. Williams 19.0 4.0 F, Z. Randolph 25.0 13.0
C, A. Jefferson 14.0 10.0 C, M. Gasol 32.0 9.0

Matchup to Watch

Al Jefferson vs. Marc Gasol: Jefferson is one of the NBA’s top low-post scorers and Gasol is a former NBA defensive player of the year.

Observations

• Arguably this game features the two best in the NBA in the dying art of low-post scoring. Memphis’ Zach Randolph is right there with Jefferson as a skilled, cagey low-post threat. That will put a lot of pressure on Marvin Williams tonight.



• Hornets coach Steve Clifford hates giving up points in the lane and the Grizzlies are equipped to do just that. The Grizzlies scored 58 in the lane in their opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves.



Tap-ins

• The Grizzlies’ big off-season pickup was former North Carolina star Vince Carter.



• The Hornets will re-hang Bobby Phills’ retired jersey at halftime.



Did you know?

How important is Gasol to this team? They looked lottery-bound when he was laid up last season with a sprained knee, then went 33-13 with him in the lineup.

Rick Bonnell

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