Weekly Roundup: Charlotte Hornets’ Week Leads up to Toronto

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Nov 9, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Charlotte Hornets forward

Marvin Williams

(2) fouls Los Angeles Lakers forward

Carlos Boozer

(5) in the second half of the game at Staples Center. Lakers won 107-92. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Lakers vs. Hornets, March 3rd, 7:00 PM

The Hornets will host the Lakers for their second game of the week. Kobe Bryant is now out with injury, making the Lakers not near as daunting as they have been in past seasons. Though Bryant won’t be available, other players will play that the Hornets will need to shut down.

The Lakers have not had a successful season by any means, as they currently are second to last in the Western conference. They’re usually playoff contenders, and it’s always odd for Laker fans when their team isn’t in contention.

Jeremy Lin has been scrutinized quite a bit this year, but is still an offensive threat against any team. Lin averages 10.6 points per game. Carlos Boozer has also quietly been putting points up in Los Angeles, scoring 12.6 points per game.

Nick Young is also a name brought up often, but I don’t find him to be as much of a threat as he is often made out to be. The 6’7 shooting forward seems to be more “relevant” because of his media pretense brought about from him dating music superstar Iggy Azalea.

Despite that, Young does average 13.4 points per game. Currently, he is day to day, but will probably play by this time next week.

Regardless, the Hornets can likely shut these players down, and should be able to take advantage of the Lakers’ worst rated defense in the league to attack the hoop. Dominating both sides of the court against the vulnerable Lakers should result in a win for Charlotte.

Next: On To Brooklyn