The Charlotte Hornets are coming fresh off of a 122-119 overtime loss that they suffered in the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers this past Saturday. The only good side of that for the Hornets is the career-high and franchise-high 60 points that Kemba Walker put up, shooting sixty-two percent from the field. The North Carolina team will look to avoid a third straight loss as they host the Boston Celtics, who are trying to steer away from a second straight loss.
This matchup between the Charlotte Hornets and the Boston Celtics will mark the first of four meetings between these two ball clubs. They have battled each other a grand total of 106 times as the Hornets won 44 games while the Celtics took 62 games. Each team will look to set the tone as they face off at the Spectrum Center.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle; 8.6 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 1.4 APG, 48.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
Bismack Biyombo (coach’s decision; 2.1 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.3 APG, 58.3 FG%)
Devonte’ Graham (coach’s decision; 2.3 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 1.3 APG, 37.5 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
Frank Kaminsky (coach’s decision; 1.8 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 33.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
Joe Chealey (G-League)
J.P. Macura (G-League)
Jabari Bird (personal)
Semi Ojeleye (coach’s decision; 2.3 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.0 APG, 47.6 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
Brad Wanamaker (coach’s decision; 2.8 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.8 APG, 40.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Guerschon Yabusele (coach’s decision; 1.8 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.2 APG, 30.8 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
PJ Dozier (G-League)
Robert Williams (1.0 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.2 APG, 100.0 FG%)
The game will be held extremely close in the first half as both teams shot above forty percent from the field. The Boston Celtics would complete fifty-four percent of their shots while the Charlotte Hornets shot forty-three percent from the field. Kemba Walker ended up dropping eighteen points in the first half which included three three-pointers. He also had four assists while former Oklahoma City Thunder guard Jeremy Lamb had eleven points on fifty-seven percent shooting. He grabbed four rebounds while Cody Zeller had four boards. Miles Bridges played nine minutes off of the bench as he had five points including a three-pointer late in the first quarter.
As for the visiting team, Kyrie Irving ended up putting up twelve points on a high sixty-percent shooting from the field. He would also dish out eight assists while Jayson Tatum helped out with ten points, as well as a steal and a block. Jaylen Brown had four points which would come from a free-throw and a three-pointer while Al Horford contributed with four points as well. Gordon Hayward, who has accepted a bench role after struggling as a starter, played the most minutes out of all the reserves in the first half but was kept to just two points as the Celtics had a 56-54 lead heading into the locker room.
The home team would respond with a 63 to 56 run in the second half as Walker went off for 25 more points which held four three-pointers in the fourth quarter. He shot sixty-two percent from the field in the second half while recording four rebounds, one assist, and one steal. Former San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker played the most minutes off of the bench as he chalked up seven points. On the other end of the floor, Irving collected fifteen more points but it wouldn’t matter as the Hornets survived with a 117 to 112 victory, handing the Celtics their second straight loss. Kemba Walker finished the game with forty-three points, four rebounds, and five assists while Kyrie Irving had twenty-seven points, five rebounds and eleven assists.
The Charlotte Hornets will welcome Victor Oladipo (21.4 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 4.7 APG, 44.0 FG%, 34.5 3P%) and the Indiana Pacers (10-6) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. This meeting will mark the first of three times that these teams will clash with each other. As for the Boston Celtics, they will head back to Massachusetts to host Tim Hardaway (23.9 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 2.8 APG, 42.0 FG%, 36.4 3P%) and the struggling New York Knicks (4-13) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. This matchup will be the second out of four times that these ball clubs will play each other this season. The last time they met up was on October 20 as the Celtics escaped with a 103-101 victory. During that game, Jayson Tatum scored 24 points while pulling down 14 rebounds. Hardaway finished with 24 points, as well, along with three rebounds and three assists.