The Nets will be without Kyrie Irving again, shoulder. The Hornets are healthy, but, they’re also the Hornets - so this one still feels winnable.
WHO: Brooklyn Nets (5-8) vs. Charlotte Hornets (6-8)
WHEN: 7:30 PM EST
WHERE: YES Network (tv), WFAN (radio), Barclays Center (tv)
It’s hard to replace an All-Star. With Walker replacing Irving in Boston, Rozier came over in free agency to replace Walker. As one would expect when you become a starter, Rozier’s shot attempts have gone up. He’s averaging a career high in points and field goal percentage. He’s also getting to the rim more often than he did the last two years in Boston, and thus is getting to the free throw line more often as a result. He’s coughing the ball up more often, but that was to be expected with him taking on a new, full time role.
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Spencer Dinwiddie will shoulder the scoring burden with Irving out; he’s averaged 26 points in the two outings without Irving and has led the team in scoring both games. Joe Harris is liable to kill the Hornets from the perimeter tonight. He’s shooting 43.2% from deep after leading the league in that category a season ago.
The Hornets need a bounce back in a major way after getting stomped by the Raptors on Monday night. They should come out refocused and energized after looking flat and out of sorts on Monday. Plus this Nets team is weak, especially without Irving. This is the type of team the Hornets can handle right now.