Charlotte Hornets

Saturday: Charlotte Hornets at Golden State Warriors

Hornets at Warriors

10:30 p.m., Oracle Arena

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM (610)

Projected Starters

Hornets Warriors
Pos, Player Ppg Rpg Pos, Player Ppg Rpg
G, K. Walker 15.5 4.3 G, S. Curry 26.0 4.3
G. L. Stephenson 8.8 10.9 G, K. Thompson 24.7 3.0
F, P. Hairston 5.0 1.8 F, H. Barnes 10.7 5.7
F, M. Williams 7.3 3.8 F, D. Green 13.6 7.1
C, A. Jefferson 22.6 6.8 C, A. Bogut 6.1 10.3

Matchup to Watch

Stephen Curry vs. Kemba Walker: This is the last of three straight opponents with great starting point guards. Quite a challenge for Walker, particularly with so many teammates hurt.

Observations

• The Warriors got out to a 5-0 start under new coach Steve Kerr, who replaced Mark Jackson last spring. Kerr has no previous coaching experience, but he was general manager with the Phoenix Suns and a longtime broadcaster.



• The Warriors’ 49.7 percent from the field is tops in the NBA. Curry and Klay Thompson are arguably the best backcourt in the NBA.



Tap-ins

• Hornets small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will again be out with a stress reaction in his right foot.



• Rookie P.J. Hairston got his first NBA start against the Suns, replacing Kidd-Gilchrist.



Did you know?

Curry leads the NBA in steals at 2.6 per game and is third in turnovers at 4.4 per game.

Rick Bonnell

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