Who: Charlotte Hornets (29-27) at Indiana Pacers (31-26)
When: Friday, February 26th, 2015, 7:00 EST.
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Tonight the Hornets look to get back on track against the Pacers. These two teams matched up in the same arena just two weeks ago. Charlotte controlled that game all the way, and ended up winning 117-95. While the Hornets came out with the win, it came at a cost, as Michael-Kidd Gilchrist tore the same labrum he tore back in October. After undergoing successful surgery last week, MKG will miss the remainder of the season.
The Hornets lost just their second game in the month of February on Wednesday night against the Cavaliers. Even though the Hornets clearly didn’t have the talent to match up with the Cavs, their sloppy play was concerning. It seemed as though the team lost focus at times offensively, and was unable to contain James and Irving in isolated situations. While the latter may not come as a surprise, it was still frustrating to watch given the success Charlotte had in the first quarter.
This game will be a good test for the Hornets, who will play as the road team in a big game that has playoff seeding implications. Charlotte comes in just a game and a half back of the Pacers who currently own the fifth spot in the east.
PG: Kemba Walker Vs. George Hill
SG: Nic Batum Vs. Monta Ellis
SF: Courtney Lee Vs. Paul George
PF: Marvin Williams Vs. Myles Turner
C: Cody Zeller Vs. Ian Mahinmi
I’m looking forward to being in Indy for this one. While Bankers Life Fieldhouse is one of the nicest arenas in the league, it’s somewhere the Hornets have historically struggled. It will be interesting to see if the Hornets can pull of their second win in as many weeks against the Pacers. I think it happens, but not quite as convincingly as last time. Hornets 94 Pacers 90.
Tonight’s game can be seen live on FSSE at 7:00 PM. On the radio side, the game will be available on 610AM, WFNZ, beginning at 6:45 PM.
Lead Hornets Writer: Jonathon Hoppe