Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets at Cleveland Cavaliers: Monday’s preview

Hornets at Cavaliers

7 p.m., Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Matchup to Watch

Kyrie Irving vs. Kemba Walker: With new teammate LeBron James such a good facilitator, point guard Irving can concentrate more on attacking offensively. He’s scored at least 20 points in 14 of 22 games this season.

Observations

• The Cavaliers lost their last two, on the road to the Thunder and Pelicans, but they’re on an eight-game winning streak against Eastern Conference teams.



• The Cavaliers have lost five in a row to the Bobcats/Hornets, but that was obviously before acquiring James and Kevin Love this off-season.



Tap-ins

• It’s possible Hornets coach Steve Clifford re-inserts small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist into the starting lineup beginning this game. That would likely make Gerald Henderson a reserve.



• Cavaliers forward Mike Miller has been out with a concussion.



Did you know?

James just passed Hornets assistant coach Mark Price for most 3-pointers in Cavaliers history (802). James needs 238 more assists to pass Price for that franchise record.

Projected Starters

Hornets Cavs
Pos, Player Ppg Rpg Pos, Player Ppg Rpg
G, K. Walker 14.5 4.8 G K. Irving 20.6 3.1
G, G. Henderson 7.8 2.4 G. S. Marion 5.4 3.2
F, L. Stephenson 10.5 7.4 F L. James 25.5 5.5
F, C. Zeller 8.6 5.2 F. K. Love 17.6 10.1
C, A. Jefferson 19.7 8.0 C A. Varejao 10.1 6.9

Rick Bonnell

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