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Game 34: Hornets at Warriors


Charlotte Hornets vs Golden State Warriors

Mon Jan 4, 10:30 PM EST – CSBy, FSSE, SN ONE

ORACLE Arena – Oakland, CA

Recent Matchups

Ranks

  • 103.5 ORTG (7)
  • 100.9 DRTG (11)
  • 98.2 Pace (15)
  • 79.2 DRB% (2)
  • 0.537 TS% (14)

Latest Results

Leaders

  • Kemba Walker 19.2 ppg
  • Marvin Williams 6.8 rpg
  • Nicolas Batum 5.2 apg
  • Marvin Williams 1.2 bpg
  • Kemba Walker 1.8 spg

Ranks

  • 111.9 ORTG (1)
  • 98.4 DRTG (4)
  • 101.6 Pace (2)
  • 75.1 DRB% (22)
  • 0.588 TS% (1)

Latest Results

Leaders

  • Steph Curry 29.7 ppg
  • Draymond Green 9.3 rpg
  • Draymond Green 7.4 apg
  • Andrew Bogut 1.8 bpg
  • Steph Curry 2.2 spg

Hornets @ Warriors, 10:30p ET, FSS

Given the Hornets’ recent play (3-7 in their last 10 games) and the Warriors’ march towards history, this could be one of those games where you just cross your fingers and hope for something competitive. If there’s a glimmer of hope, though, it’s in the Warriors’ explosion of injuries that could see as many as six of their players either out or playing hurt.

Headlining that list is reigning MVP Stephen Curry, who’s struggling with a leg injury. After sitting out games against Dallas and Houston last week, he returned to action Saturday — only to re-injure his shin and leave the game after 14 minutes on the court. He’s currently listed as questionable for tonight, joining Brandon Rush (hamstring, probable), Harrison Barnes (ankle, probable), Andrew Bogut (hamstring, day-to-day), Leandro Barbosa (shoulder, day-to-day) and Festus Ezeli (toe, day-to-day) on the injury list.

Unfortunately, the Hornets are also wrecked at the moment. Jeremy Lin and Spencer Hawes remain questionable, Nic Batum has been in and out of the lineup due to a toe injury, and Al Jefferson and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s long-term injuries have sapped some of the team’s depth. Even with the odds evened up a bit, the Warriors likely still hold an edge.

Key Matchup

Who’s left? Marvin Williams vs. Draymond Green actually figures to be an interesting battle. Both are versatile and mobile defenders, even if Williams doesn’t come close to Green’s level. If Curry is out or limited, it’ll be on Draymond’s shoulders to run the Golden State offense — closing off easy passing lanes and taking away his three-point shot will be key to competing.

Prediction

It’s sad to say, but I don’t think these Hornets have the defense to run with even a hobbled Golden State. I’ve got the Warriors in a sloppy win, 109-96.