Charlotte Hornets

Friday: Charlotte Hornets at Phoenix Suns

Hornets at Suns

9 p.m., U.S. Airways Center

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Hornets Suns
Pos, Player Ppg Rpg Pos, Player Ppg Rpg
G, K. Walker 15.5 4.3 G, E. Bledsoe 14.1 4.1
G, L. Stephenson 10 10.9 G, G. Dragic 14.4 3.6
F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist 9.8 5.5 F, Ms. Morris 11.3 4.0
F, C. Zeller 9.0 4.9 F, Mf. Morris 16.0 6.6
C, A. Jefferson 22.6 6.75 C, M. Plumlee 6.4 6.4

Matchup to Watch

Eric Bledsoe vs. Kemba Walker: Two of the quickest dribble-penetrators in the NBA face off. They’re both 6-1, and they’re both score-first point guards.

Observations

• Suns coach Jeff Hornacek isn’t particularly happy with his team’s defense early on. He noted before Wednesday’s home game against the Brooklyn Nets that the Suns can’t be the running team they perceived themselves to be if they don’t get more stops.



• The Suns have won the last five meetings with the then-Bobcats/now-Hornets. The Suns’ running game created all sorts of matchup problems in last season’s sweep.



Tap-ins

• The Bledsoe-Goran Dragic backcourt is another example of teams trying to have two guards who can each initiate the offense. The Hornets have somewhat that in Walker and Lance Stephenson, though Stephenson has more conventional shooting guard size.



• The Hornets list power forward Marvin Williams as doubtful for this game because of left knee tendinitis. Williams couldn’t practice Thursday.



Did you know?

The Suns are the first team in NBA history to have two sets of brothers simultaneously on the roster: Goran and Zoran Dragic and Marcus and Markieff Morris.

Rick Bonnell

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