Charlotte (2-4) will look to finish its three-game road trip with at 2-1 record as it travels to Minnesota for matchup against the Timberwolves (4-2).
The Hornets moved to 1-3 in road games after their 114-94 lost to San Antonio on Saturday night; the team is 1-1 at Time Warner Cable Arena.
After struggling to put the ball in the hoop for most of the 2014-15 season, Charlotte is now ranked No. 15 in points scored through six games (102). Minnesota is ranked one spot behind the Hornets with an average of 101.8 points per contest.
Three-point shooting—a focal point of improvement in the offseason—has flourished for the Buzz. Charlotte is ranked sixth in the NBA with a 44.2 percent average from beyond the arc. The team finished last season ranked 30th in the league in three-point scoring.
Rookie Frank Kaminsky leads the team with a 71.4 percent tally and starting power forward Marvin Williams leads all starters at 44.4 percent.
Jeremy Lamb and Jeremy Lin are combining to average 23.7 points per game off the bench for Charlotte. The entire bench is averaging 40 points per contest, third-best in the NBA.
Charlotte Hornets Projected Lineup
PG – Kemba Walker
SG – Nicolas Batum
SF – P.J. Hairston
PF – Marvin Williams
C – Al Jefferson
Former No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins has taken a step forward for Minnesota. The second-year pro has scored 30 or more points in each of his last two games.
Wiggins and rookie Karl-Anthony Towns combined for 50 points in the team’s thrashing of the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.
Towns has garnered three double-doubles in three of his first five games as a pro.
Minnesota is 4-0 on the road, but the team is 0-2 in front of its home crowd at the Target Center.
Minnesota Timberwolves Projected Lineup
PG – Ricky Rubio
SG – Andrew Wiggins
SF – Tayshaun Prince
PF – Nemanja Bjelica
C – Karl-Anthony Towns
Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reported on Monday that Spencer Hawes collided with Al Jefferson during practice and suffered a bloody nose.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist remains sidelined while recovering from shoulder surgery.
Kevin Garnett will not play (rest) and Andrew Wiggins is a gametime decision, according to Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune. Wiggins did not participate in pregame warmups.
Charlotte won both of its games last season versus Minnesota, scoring more than 100 points in each contest.
Jan. 19, 2015: W, 102-80 (H)
- P.J. Hairston (11 points, 4 rebounds, +9)
- Thaddeus Young (18 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists)
March 22, 2015: W, 109-98 (A)
- Al Jefferson (18 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist)
- Gorgui Dieng (16 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist)
Steve Clifford (Source: Hornets.com)
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