Tuesday, January 14, 2020
The Charlotte Hornets are in danger of losing a fifth straight game as they battle the Portland Trail Blazers tonight in Oregon. The Trail Blazers, on the other hand, are trying to avoid a third straight loss. Tonight’s matchup will mark the first of two times that these two ball clubs will see each other this season.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Charlotte Hornets and the Portland Trail Blazers have battled each other a grand total of 58 times in the past as the Hornets won 16 games while the Blazers went on to grab 42 wins.
-Bismack Biyombo (coach’s decision; 7.8 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 0.9 APG, 54.8 FG%)
-Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (coach’s decision; 4.0 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 0.8 APG, 34.0 FG%, 29.4 3P%)
-Cody Martin (coach’s decision; 3.9 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 1.2 APG, 39.6 FG%, 20.5 3P%)
-Jalen McDaniels (G-League; 2.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Caleb Martin (G-League; 1.8 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.6 APG, 30.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Robert Franks (G-League)
-Kobi Simmons (G-League)
Portland Trail Blazers:
-Zach Collins (shoulder; 9.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 47.4 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-Rodney Hood (leg; 11.0 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.5 APG, 50.6 FG%, 49.3 3P%)
-Skal Labissiere (knee; 5.8 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.3 APG, 55.1 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
-Mario Hezonja (back; 4.5 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 0.9 APG, 39.2 FG%, 30.8 3P%)
-Jusuf Nurkic (leg)
-Moses Brown (G-League; 1.7 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.0 APG, 44.4 FG%)
The Trail Blazers would have control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-nine percent from the field, keeping the Hornets to thirty-seven percent. C.J. McCollum got hot for 20 points while knocking down four three-pointers in the process. Both Carmelo Anthony and Damian Lillard scored 12 points each.
Lillard was able to drill two three-pointers while grabbing one defensive rebound and dishing out five assists. Former Heat center Hassan Whiteside helped out with four points while grabbing nine boards and blocking two shots. Gary Trent played the most minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer.
As for the North Carolina team, Devonte Graham dropped 11 points which included 3 three-pointers. Terry Rozier and P.J. Washington combined for 15 points while both Miles Bridges and Cody Zeller were kept to just two points each. France-native Nicolas Batum played 15 minutes off the bench but only recorded four points as the home team went into halftime with a 62-46 lead.
The Charlotte Hornets would attempt a comeback in the second half as they went on a 66-53 run. Graham chalked up 16 points, earning 15 of those points from beyond the arc and the other point from the charity stripe. He also had eight assists while Terry Rozier had 16 points, as well.
P.J. Washington contributed with 14 points while recording six rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block. He also had a 3 three-pointers while Cody Zeller scored four points. Nicolas Batum played the most minutes off the bench but only had five points.
On the other end of the court, Damian Lillard chalked up 18 more points while McCollum, Whiteside, and Anthony combined for 15 points. Anthony Tolliver played 14 minutes off the bench and scored 16 points as the Trail Blazers came away with a 115-112 victory. Damian Lillard finished the game with 30 points, 3 rebounds, and 9 assists while Devonte Graham had 27 points, 3 rebounds, 10 assists, and one steal.
The Charlotte Hornets will head to Colorado to take on Nikola Jokic (19.3 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 6.4 APG, 51.0 FG%, 34.0 3P%) and the Denver Nuggets (27-12) on Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. This will mark the first of two times that these teams will play each other during this season.
The Portland Trail Blazers will travel to Texas to battle James Harden (37.7 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 7.5 APG, 45.3 FG%, 38.0 3P%) and the Houston Rockets (26-12) on Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. This will be the second of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season. The last time they met was on November 18 when the Rockets handed the Trail Blazers a blowout loss, 132-108. Harden finished that game with 36 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, one steal, and one block while C.J. McCollum had 25 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.