Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets vs. Brooklyn Nets: Saturday’s preview

Hornets vs. Nets

7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Matchup to Watch

Kemba Walker vs. Deron Williams: Williams has had some huge games against this franchise. He’s one of the bigger, more physical point guards, which can be a problem to the relatively small Walker.

Observations

• This is the sixth set of back-to-back games for the Hornets already about one-quarter into an 82-game regular season. That’s rough.



• The Nets have been floating along at just below .500, but they’ve had some strong moments, including a home victory over the San Antonio Spurs.



Tap-ins

• The Nets have been without some key pieces lately; Joe Johnson missed four days with the flu and Brook Lopez has been recovering from a lower back strain.



• The recent injuries have opened up some minutes for former Duke big man Mason Plumlee.



Did you know?

Just two current Brooklyn players – Plumlee and Lopez – were drafted by the Nets. By comparison, eight current Hornets were drafted by the franchise.

Projected Starters

Hornets Nets
Pos, Player Ppg Rpg Pos, Player Ppg Rpg
G, K. Walker 14.5 4.6 G, D. Williams 17.1 3.4
G, G. Henderson 7.8 2.4 G, J. Johnson 15.7 5.0
F, L. Stephenson 10.5 7.4 F, S. Karasev 2.4 1.4
F, C. Zeller 8.6 5.2 F, K. Garnett 7.8 8.2
C, A. Jefferson 19.7 8.0 C, M. Plumlee 5.2 4.8

Rick Bonnell

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