Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets Gameday 12.31.14

Hornets at Rockets

7 p.m., Toyota Ce nter

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Hornets Rockets
Pos, Player Ppg Rpg Pos, Player Ppg Rpg
G, K. Walker 17.7 3.8 G, P. Beverley 12.1 5.2
G, G. Henderson 8.5 2.4 G, J. Harden 27.2 6.1
F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist 9.1 5.5 F, T. Ariza 13.6 6.2
F, C. Zeller 7.6 5.2 F, D. Motiejunas 10.3 6.1
C, B. Biyombo 3.4 5.2 C, D. Howard 18.8 12.2

Matchup to Watch

James Harden vs. Gerald Henderson: Harden is one of the NBA’s premier shooting guards, a left-hander with great shooting range and explosion to the rim. Henderson faces quite a challenge.

Observations

• The Hornets have had a rough time against the Western Conference this season, with a 3-12 record so far.



• The Hornets will be without center Al Jefferson, who aggravated a groin strain in Monday’s home loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.



Tap-ins

• Rockets sixth man Terrence Jones is out with a left leg injury.



• Hornets guard Lance Stephenson has yet to be cleared to scrimmage after missing the past six games with a pelvic sprain.



Did you know?

Dwight Howard and new Rocket Josh Smith grew up together in Atlanta. Howard was best man at Smith’s wedding and successfully recruited him to Houston after the Detroit Pistons waived him.

Rick Bonnell

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