Hornets Gameday: Hornets at Nets

Charlotte Hornets(3-1) vs. Brooklyn Nets(2-3)

Barclays Center, Brooklyn

Gametime: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Television: FOX Sports Southeast

Radio: WFNZ 610 AM/102.5 FM

Last season’s series record: CHA won season series 4-0

Series history(since 1988-89): BKN leads all-time series 52-45(11-7 since Nets moved to Brooklyn in 2012)

Tonight in Brooklyn, the Charlotte Hornets will pay a visit to Barclays Center to take on the Brooklyn Nets in an Eastern Conference match-up.  The last time that the Hornets were in action was back on Wednesday night at the Spectrum Center, when they would put together a strong second half to come away with a 109-93 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, while Brooklyn enters tonight’s game at home coming off a 109-101 win over the Detroit Pistons back on Wednesday for just its second win of the season.

Scouting the Hornets

After a rough first half, the Charlotte Hornets would come out firing on all cylinders in their game on Wednesday night against the Philadelphia 76ers at Spectrum Center.  The difference in that game was that Charlotte would outscore the 76ers 39-20 in the third quarter en route to a 109-93 win, with Kemba Walker leading the way with 22 points in the victory for Charlotte, who notched its sixth straight win over the 76ers, which is the longest active streak by any team.  Tonight, the Hornets are hoping to add another win to the books tonight, as they visit Brooklyn to take on the Nets, as the Hornets will once again be without the services of Jeremy Lamb and Roy Hibbert, who are still out with injuries.

Scouting the Nets

Brooklyn comes in fresh off a 109-101 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night at Barclays Center behind a strong performance from Brook Lopez, who had 34 points to go with 11 rebounds in the win for the Nets, who got its second win of the season.  Now the Nets are somewhat shorthanded entering their game this evening against the 3-1 Charlotte Hornets, as Jeremy Lin, who spent last season with Charlotte, is out with a strained left hamstring, while Greivis Vasquez is expected to miss his third straight game(sore ankle) and Brooklyn rookie Caris LeVert is still out with a left foot rehab, meaning that Kenny Atkinson and his team has to count on a supporting cast to step up in the absence of the three Nets players that are out with injuries, if they want to get to the coveted .500 mark with a win at home tonight against a young and talented Charlotte Hornets team.

THIS DATE IN HORNETS HISTORY: The Charlotte Hornets played its first ever game in franchise history before a sellout crowd of 23,338 at the Charlotte Coliseum against the Cleveland Cavaliers on November 4, 1988, as the Cavs would spoil the opening night party for Charlotte, defeating the Hornets by the final score of 133-93.  In that game, Hornets forward Kelly Tripucka would score the first basket in Charlotte Hornets history, and he along with Kurt Rambis would both score 16 points each to lead Charlotte in the loss, and when the game ended, many of the 23,338 that were in attendance until the final buzzer would give the Hornets a standing ovation when they were walking off the Coliseum’s playing court, appreciating their effort and support in their first game in franchise history.

Next 4 games for the Hornets(Home games in BOLD)

Monday: Indiana Pacers vs. Charlotte(7:00 p.m., FOX Sports Southeast)

Wednesday: Utah Jazz vs. Charlotte(7:00 p.m., FOX Sports Southeast)

November 11th: Toronto Raptors vs. Charlotte(7:00 p.m., FOX Sports Southeast)

November 13th: Charlotte @ Cleveland Cavaliers(3:30 p.m., FOX Sports Southeast)