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Charlotte Hornets host New York Knicks Wednesday night

Charlotte will look for its fourth win in five games as the team welcomes the New York Knicks to Time Warner Cable Arena

Charlotte will look to even its record Wednesday at home against the New York Knicks. The Hornets defeated an undermanned Minnesota Timberwolves on the road Tuesday to conclude a three-game road trip with victories in two contests.

The Charlotte bench scored over half of the team’s points at Target Center, including three players—Jeremy Lin, Jeremy Lamb and Cody Zeller—accounting for 51. The Hornets have received solid production from its second team this season, with the non-starters averaging 44.4 points per contest after seven games.

Marvin Williams has five double-doubles this season, four more than he amassed last season. Williams is averaging 8.8 rebounds per game. He has never finished a season higher than 6.3 boards per contest in his previous 10 seasons.

The game against New York begins a stretch where the Hornets will spend plenty of time in the Queen City. Charlotte has 17 of its next 24 games at Time Warner Cable Arena and hopes to build upon its successful road trip moving forward.

The Knicks are also coming off a road win as New York outlasted Toronto, 111-109, Tuesday. Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points to lead the way.

Like Charlotte, the Knicks also benefitted from solid play from the bench as Lance Thomas scored a season-high 17 points and Langston Galloway added 15, along with four rebounds and four assists.

There has been much buzz around the NBA regarding New York rookie Kristaps Porzingis. After being booed on draft day, the 20-year-old Latvian has earned respect from both teammates and league observers with his skillset, along with a willingness to learn and hone his craft.

Porzingis is averaging 11.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Foul trouble has hampered the 7-foot-3 rookie this season and it has kept him off the floor at critical moments while limiting the chance to build his stamina--an area of concern for New York entering the season.

Like the Hornets, New York has done its best work on the road this season. The Knicks have emerged victorious in three of their first four games away from Madison Square Garden. All three of New York’s road wins have come against teams that reached the playoffs last season.

Not only do the Hornets have a New York legend on its staff in associate head coach Patrick Ewing, but Charlotte head coach Steve Clifford also began his administrative career in professional basketball with the Knicks. After working one season as an assistant at East Carolina, Clifford moved to New York and worked with the organization as a scout and assistant coach.

Arron Afflalo did not play against Toronto Tuesday; the team has listed him as questionable for the game in Charlotte.


Charlotte Projected Starters

Position

Player

Height

PPG

G

Kemba Walker

6-1

16.1

G

Nicolas Batum

6-8

13.1

F

P.J. Hairston

6-6

5.0

F

Marvin Williams

6-9

10.7

C

Al Jefferson

6-10

14.9

New York  Projected Starters

Position

Player

Height

PPG

G

Jose Calderon

6-3

5.6

G

Sasha Vujacic

6-7

5.4

F

Carmelo Anthony

6-8

21.9

F

Kristaps Porzingis

7-3

11.8

C

Robin Lopez

7-0

11.0