Charlotte will look to extend its run of wins on Friday, but to do so the Hornets will have to overcome a player that has been a major thorn in their side for several years.
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers visit the Queen City to battle a red-hot Charlotte team that is looking for its eighth win in a row at home.
The Hornets are 4-0 on the current homestand and 9-6 on the season following a 25-0 run in the fourth quarter to defeat Washington on Wednesday. The victory moved Charlotte three games over .500 for the first time since ending the 2013-14 campaign with three straight wins to finish 43-39.
That season Charlotte was swept in the first round of the playoffs by Miami. The Heat were led James, who averaged an astounding 30 points, eight rebounds and six assists in the four-game sweep.
James has defeated Charlotte in 22 straight games. His last loss came on Feb. 19, 2010 in his first stint with Cleveland.
In the previous two games, Nicolas Batum has come close to achieving his first triple-double with Charlotte. Batum had 16 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds in the Hornets’ come-from-behind overtime win against Sacramento on Monday. He followed with a 18 point, 10 rebound and eight assist effort in the victory over the Wizards.
The Cavaliers have two players--Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert--who will miss the game Friday due to injury. Matthew Dellavedova is listed as a game-time decision.
Cleveland sits atop the Eastern Conference with a 11-4 record- but is coming off a four-point loss to Toronto on Wednesday that led to a players only meeting afterwards.
A familiar face will return to the Queen City on Friday--Mo Williams, who averaged 17.2 points per contest in 27 games for Charlotte last season. Williams was acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves, along with Troy Daniels and cash considerations, for Gary Neal and a second-round selection in 2019.
Williams signed a two-year deal with Cleveland this past offseason.
In his second stint with the Cavs, Mo Williams is coming off the bench to average 15.5 points and 5.1 assists per game.