The Hornets enter what could be a less than pleasant Thanksgiving week at 6-9, coming off a win Saturday night versus the Clippers. This is one of those weeks where you wonder if someone in the Hornets organization made the NBA schedule committee angry at some point. While 3 of the 4 games are at home, all are against very good opponents, with little rest or practice time in between. They are also against 3 teams who have already beaten the Hornets this month, so it’s time to get some revenge.
Monday vs. Minnesota
The Hornets played Minnesota earlier this month and got run out of the gym. They came out lacking intensity and energy early and the Timberwolves pounced quickly. This one was basically over by halftime and was by far the worst outing as a team thus far this season. On a positive note though, the Hornets will have both MKG and Nic Batum this time, as both missed the previous match-up. MKG will be matched up Wiggins, who torched us in the first meeting, and Batum will challenge Jimmy Butler on both ends of the court.
Wednesday vs. Washington
This will be the first time seeing the Wizards in person for this years Hornets team, and we know how important early season wins are in your division. The Wizards have a good record early, but with their All-star point guard John Wall nursing some injuries, it’s unclear if the Hornets will face them at full strength. The Wizards do have a couple of weaknesses they can attack. The Wizards defense is a bit slow at times and has given up big point totals to high energy teams like the Suns and Cavs. It will be important for the Hornets to push pace, and take advantage of turnovers with fast breaks. The Wizards bench has been predictably weak this season as well, but so has Charlotte’s, so whoever wins the battle of bench points might have the advantage in this game.
Friday at Cleveland
I’m not gonna dive into this game too deep. We all know, if LeBron and Love are hitting from outside, and the other Cavs play with any kind of emotion and intensity, we lose this game. When it comes to Lebron, it’s his court and the Hornets are just playing on it.
Saturday vs. San Antonio
Nice way to end a back to back with a visit from Pop and the Spurs. Last time out the Hornets starters did a good job against the Kawhi-less Spurs, and it’s likely that he will miss this game as well. However, the Hornets bench was absolutely terrible in the first meeting between these two in San Antonio, getting out hustled and outscored 64-16. With this game at home, you would think the Hornets role players would play better, but will that be enough when facing one of the best coaches in NBA history?
With this tough schedule I think if the Hornets can go 2-2 it may be a Thanksgiving miracle! On that note, on behalf of the crew here at QCH, we all hope you have a happy and full Thanksgiving!