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Nets and Hornets bring their losing streaks to Charlotte

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NBA: Charlotte Hornets at Houston Rockets Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

No. The Nets played host to the Toronto Raptors on Sunday afternoon and despite their best efforts, lost to the reigning Atlantic Division champs. The losing streak is up to nine and the schedule is going to get tougher as we head to the All Star break. Speaking of getting tough, this is the first night of a back-to-back. They’re back in town to play the Washington Wizards tomorrow night.

Waiting for the Nets will be the Charlotte Hornets. They’re only one half game behind the Pistons for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, but they’ve had a disastrous couple of weeks. They lost their seventh straight game on Sunday and are in big trouble.

Where to follow the game

YES Network on TV. WFAN 101.9 FM on radio. Tip off after 7.

Injuries

Jeremy Lin is out. Caris Levert missed Sunday’s game due to knee soreness and will miss this game as well. Quincy Acy is out too.

Cody Zeller is questionable. Ramon Sessions will be out at least four to six weeks after undergoing surgery on his left knee.

The game

Charlotte won the first game, Brooklyn took the second, and Charlotte won the third. This is the last meeting between these teams this season.

We’re heading to the trade deadline and the Hornets have been busy. They sent Roy Hibbert and Spencer Hawes to Milwaukee in exchange for Miles Plumlee. He made his debut over the weekend and will be coming off the bench for the rest of the season.

With Levert out, Sean Kilpatrick will pick up his minutes. Kilpatrick has been playing well over his past two games and has been a good Net on the whole. When Levert gets back, they might reduce his minutes to manage his health and that presents a great opportunity for Kilpatrick.

The Nets will have their hands full guarding Kemba Walker. With Sessions out, Walker will have to play a bit more to make up the difference at the point guard position. He’s been having the best season of his career, but has struggled during the losing streak. Over his past seven games, he’s shooting 39 percent from the field and 29 percent from three point range. When Walker isn’t on his game, the Hornets offense grinds to a halt and isn’t able to run like it needs to.

Player to watch: Frank Kaminsky

In the future, we’re gonna tell our kids that Kaminsky beat Karl Anthony Towns and an undefeated Kentucky team in the Final Four (shout out to Andrew Harrison) and they’re going to think we’re crazy. Unfortunately for Frank the Tank, that success hasn’t carried over to the NBA yet. He’s been taking more three pointers this season in an attempt to provide the Hornets offense with some more spacing. He’s only 23 and on a good team, so he still has plenty of time to get things in order.

It had been a while since we had a Brook Lopez trade rumor. The latest one has the New Orleans Pelicans looking for a way to acquire him. In the meantime, he’ll have to continue carrying things for Brooklyn. With a tough opponent (and a favorable matchup on the inside for Lopez at least) waiting for the Nets tomorrow, they’ll closely manage his minutes for this game.

From the Vault

Kemba is the first Hornet to participate in the Three Point Contest since Glen Rice did it back in the late 90s.

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