Sam Sharpe, USA Today Sports

Hornets look for first win of season Tuesday against Chicago

After two losses by three points or less, Charlotte is still in search of its first win this season

Charlotte (0-3) seek its first win of the season against the Chicago Bulls (3-1) at Time Warner Cable Arena Tuesday. Opening tip is set for 7 p.m.

A loss to the Bulls would mark the first time since the NBA returned to Charlotte in the 2004-05 campaign that the franchise has opened a season with four straight defeats. Only the 1989-90 squad, led by the late Dick Harter, has began with four losses in a row.

Marvin Williams has been solid in his first three games for Charlotte. After averaging 7.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game last season, Williams has upped those totals to 12.7 and 9.0 this year. His highest rebound average came in 2008-09 when he hauled down 6.3 boards per contest.

In its last outing, Charlotte lost its home opener to Atlanta, 94-92. It was the second straight defeat to the Hawks this season coming after Kemba Walker missed a potential game-tying shot in the waning moments of the game.

Walker led the Hornets with 17 points in the loss. Nicolas Batum and Williams contributed 16 and 15 points, respectively. Al Jefferson finished with a double-double (10 points and 10 rebounds).

Troy Daniels (left hamstring) is listed as probable, and Cody Zeller (dehydration) is questionable for the game.


Charlotte Projected Starters

Position

Player

Height

PPG

G

Kemba Walker

6-1

16.3

G

Nicolas Batum

6-8

13.0

F

P.J. Hairston

6-6

4.3

F

Marvin Williams

6-9

12.7

C

Al Jefferson

6-10

12.3

 

Chicago enters the Queen City with a 3-1 record under first-year coach Fred Hoiberg and is coming off a five-point win at home against Orlando on Sunday. The Bulls have four players averaging in double figures scoring, led by Jimmy Butler with 19.5 points, fresh off signing a five-year, $95 million contract extension.

Nikola Mirotic is right behind Butler with 18.8 points per contest.

The Bulls split four games with Charlotte last season, each team winning one contest on the road. In the last matchup on March 23, Chicago defeated the Hornets, 98-86, at the United Center; Mirotic added 28 points off the bench, and Pau Gasol added 27.

Kirk Hinrich is out for the Bulls.

Chicago Projected Starters

Position

Player

Height

PPG

G

Derrick Rose

6-3

11.8

G

Tony Snell

6-7

8.3

F

Jimmy Butler

6-7

19.5

F

Nikola Mirotic

6-10

18.8

C

Pau Gasol

7-0

12.5