Can Kemba and the Hornets rebound? (Photo By: Kent Smith)
Essentials Who: Orlando Magic (11-21) Vs. Charlotte Hornets (10-20) What: Regular Season Game #31 When: Saturday December 27, 2014 at 7:00 PM Where: Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC TV: Fox SportSouth Line: Hornets -6
Projected Starters PG: Kemba Walker (16.9 Ppg) Vs. Elfrid Payton (6.5) SG: Gerald Henderson (8.4) Vs. Victor Oladipo (14.1) SF: Micheal Kidd-Gilchirst (9.0) Vs. Tobias Harris (18.5) PF: Cody Zeller (7.8) Vs. Kyle O'Quinn (8.6) C: Al Jefferson (19.1) Vs. Nikola Vucevic (18.0)
Overview The Hornets return home tonight to face the Orlando Magic. There is no doubt about it folks: tonight is a MUST WIN game. To put it lightly, last night’s performance against the Thunder was an embarrassment. That was the kind of game that we all hoped would stay in the Bobcats era. Sure enough, it carried over. Losing by that much to a team without its best player is unacceptable. All fans want is for their team to compete like there is no tomorrow. Hornets fans did not see that last night.
What To Watch For Keep your eye on the health of Al Jefferson. Jefferson success that ultimately led him to an All-NBA selection hasn’t quite carried over from last season. He’s showed signs of greatness, but has not been able to consistently put together big performances.
If Jefferson is not able to stay healthy, it will be nearly impossible for the Hornets to right the ship and squeak into the playoffs for the second year in a row.
Game Information Catch all the action tonight on Fox SportSouth. Check your local listings for channel information. The game will also be broadcasted live over the Hornets Radio Network and it’s flagship station 610AM WFNZ.