Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets Gameday

Hornets vs. Magic

7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Hornets Magic
Pos, Player Ppg Rpg Pos, Player Ppg Rpg
G, K. Walker 14.7 4.1 G, V. Oladipo 14.0 5.3
G, G. Henderson 5.6 2.6 G, E. Fournier 17.3 2.4
F, L. Stephenson 9.5 9.2 F, T. Harris 18.4 8.2
F, M. Williams 6.5 3.3 F, C. Frye 10.4 5.7
C, A. Jefferson 20.7 6.8 C, N. Vucevic 18.8 11.8

Matchup to Watch

Al Jefferson vs. Nikola Vucevic: Vucevic had some success defensively against Jefferson last season. The bulkier centers who can body up Jefferson tend to do better than the jumping jacks who bite on Jefferson’s shot fakes.

Observations

• The Hornets are 2-0 so far in the Southeast Division with wins over Atlanta and Miami. The Magic has one more victory than the Hornets, but all five of Orlando’s wins are over likely lottery teams.



• Tobias Harris looks like a candidate for Most Improved Player. He’s already had five games of 20 or more points.



Tap-ins

• The Hornets will likely get back Gary Neal (concussion) this game. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (stress reaction in right foot) and P.J. Hairston (ankle sprain) are still out.



• The Magic has an intriguing rookie in Elfrid Payton, a point guard with huge defensive potential.



Did you know?

The Magic is the top 3-point team in the NBA this season, shooting 41.6 percent outside the arc.

Rick Bonnell

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