Hornets hit the road for season opener at Milwaukee

Charlotte Hornets vs. Milwaukee Bucks

BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

Gametime: Wednesday, 8:00 p.m.

Television: FOX Sports Southeast

Radio: WFNZ 610 AM/102.5FM

Last season’s series record: CHA won season series 3-1

Series history(since Charlotte entered the league in the 1988-89 season): CHA leads all-time series 51-50

The Charlotte Hornets will begin it’s 28th season of NBA basketball in Charlotte tonight, as they open up the season on the road in Milwaukee against the Milwaukee Bucks.  Charlotte is coming off what may be one of the most memorable seasons in franchise history, finishing with 48 wins, and a memorable playoff run which came to an end at the hands of the Miami Heat last year.  This season, the expectation level for the 2016-17 edition of the Charlotte Hornets is at an all-time high, and with it come a lot of changes for a Hornets squad that wants to build upon last season’s successful campaign and look ahead to what may be a exciting future in Buzz City.

Scouting the Hornets

It’s a new season, and a new attitude for the Charlotte Hornets, as they come into Wednesday night’s season opening game at Milwaukee against the Bucks.  Among some of the changes on this year’s roster were the additions of Marco Bellinelli, Ramon Sessions, and Roy Hibbert, and of course, the return of fan favorites Marvin Williams, Kemba Walker, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.  Many are hoping for what may be another breakout season for the Charlotte Hornets, a team that almost captured it’s first division title in franchise history last season, and taking the Miami Heat to the limit in last year’s first-round of the NBA Playoffs, in which the Heat would come away with a  4-3 series win, and fans in Charlotte are hoping that this year’s Hornets team will be something to talk about, as their campaign gets underway this evening in Milwaukee.

Scouting the Bucks

Last year was a down year for the Milwaukee Bucks, a team that had expectations of getting back to being a contender in a tough Central Division, and this year’s squad is hoping for a much better result in Jason Kidd’s second season leading the team.  Like the Hornets, the Bucks did made some moves this past off-season to improve their squad, but many Milwaukee fans are wanting for some question to some answers that the Bucks have in store this season if they want to return to form.  It will be a entertaining and fun opener for the Bucks on their home court of the BMO Harris Bradley Center, as they welcome in the Hornets to town tonight.

HORNETS INJURY REPORT:

OUT: Frank Kaminsky(strained right foot); Brian Roberts(strained left hamstring)

AVAILABLE TO PLAY: Cody Zeller(Knee)

FACT OF THE DAY: In their last 5 opening night contests, the Hornets are 3-2 in those such contests(9-17 all-time since 1988-89 season)…It will mark just the third time in franchise history that Charlotte has opened up on the road for their season openers(2009-10 and 2010-11 were last time franchise accomplished that feat).

NEXT 4 GAMES FOR THE HORNETS(Home games in BOLD)

  • Friday: Charlotte @ Miami Heat(8:00 p.m, FOX Sports Southeast)
  • Saturday: Boston Celtics vs. Charlotte(7:00 p.m., FOX Sports Southeast)
  • November 2nd: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Charlotte(7:00 p.m., FOX Sports Southeast)
  • November 4th: Charlotte @ Brooklyn Nets(7:30 p.m., FOX Sports Southeast)

All FOX Sports Southeast game telecasts begin with “Hornets Live” 30 minutes before tip-off; All Hornets games can be heard locally in the Charlotte area on flagship station WFNZ 610 AM/102.5 FM(The Fan) and throughout the Carolinas on the Hornets Radio Network.