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Charlotte begins seven-game homestand Wednesday against Brooklyn

Charlotte returns to Time Warner Cable Arena Wednesday to host the Brooklyn Nets

The opportunity for Charlotte to go on a positive run has arrived for the Hornets.

The first of a seven-game homestand will begin Wednesday at Time Warner Cable Arena when Charlotte hosts Brooklyn in the Queen City. The Hornets do not leave their nest until a Dec. 5 trip to Chicago. 

Looking at the schedule prior to the season, the hope from a Charlotte perspective was that the Hornets would survive a brutal travel schedule in the team’s first 11 games before an extended stay in Buzz City. At 5-6 overall in a clustered Eastern Conference, Charlotte has kept within a stone’s throw of the rest of the conference and the remainder of the calendar year is cause for hope.

Kemba Walker finished with 31 points in Charlotte’s loss at New York on Tuesday. Walker only finished with one assist in the contest and the Hornets, while thrilled with his offensive production, will also look for the fifth-year point guard to get his teammates more involved in the future.

P.J. Hairston is likely to miss several more games, according to Charlotte head coach Steve Clifford. No timetable has been given for his return.

Brooklyn won in its last game when Thaddeus Young sank two free throws with less than two seconds remaining in a 90-88 win over Atlanta at Barclays Center. The Nets improved to 2-9 with the victory.

The Nets lean on Brook Lopez, the second-longest tenured Net in team history. Lopez averages 19.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.

While Brooklyn has losses in nine of its first 11 games this season the team has improved of late. Prior to its home win over Atlanta, the Nets started the season 0-7 before winning at Houston Wednesday.Following close defeats at Sacramento and Golden State—with the loss to the defending champions coming in overtime—Brooklyn rallied in the final minute to defeat the Hawks.

Charlotte Hornets Projected Starters

Position

Player

Height

PPG

G

Kemba Walker

6-1

14.9

G

Nicolas Batum

6-8

17.7

F

Marvin Williams

6-9

10.4

F

Cody Zeller

7-0

7.1

C

Al Jefferson

6-10

14.3

Brooklyn Nets Projected Starters

Position

Player

Height

PPG

G

Jarrett Jack

6-3

14.6

G

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

6-7

3.9

F

Joe Johnson

6-7

11.0

F

Thaddeus Young

6-8

14.7

C

Brook Lopez

7-0

19.6