The Charlotte Hornets Take on the Winless Philadelphia 76ers


The Charlotte Hornets look to avoid being the first team to lose to the winless Philadelphia 76ers this season.

The Charlotte Hornets (6-6) are set to take on the winless Philadelphia 76ers (0-12) in the second game of a seven game home stand for Charlotte. This is the longest home stand that the Hornets have ever had and they are already 1-0 to start it off.

This seven game home stand should help the Charlotte Hornets improve their record to get above .500 for the first time since the start of last season. This is an important game for both teams because the 76ers will be giving the Hornets their best shot as they try to knock them off and get their first win of the season.

The Charlotte Hornets on the other hand will be trying to win for a variety of reasons. They don’t want to be the team that loses to the 76ers this year and they want to get over .500.

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The Hornets have the lowest turnover rate in the NBA so far this season and they will be taking on a team that has the most turnovers in the league and are the most inefficient team in the last 13 years. They are coming off of a game where they committed a season high 27 turnovers. The Hornets must take advantage of the 76ers youth and inexperience to capitalize on their turnovers and not commit very many themselves.

The Charlotte Hornets have been mostly led by the bench group so far this season and that will likely continue. Jeremy Lin, Jeremy Lamb, and Spencer Hawes have played great as of late and have been connecting on another level. Expect a lot more of them this year because they play so great that you can’t keep them off of the court, especially both Jeremy’s.

Jeremy Lin and Jeremy Lamb are the highest scoring backcourt duo off of the bench in the Eastern Conference so far this year with 24.3 points per game.

Philadelphia 76ers (0-12) @ Charlotte Hornets (6-6)

7:00 p.m. EST, Friday, November 17th – Time Warner Cable Arena

Broadcast will be on FOX Sports Southeast

Injury Update:

CHA: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – OUT (right shoulder surgery), missed last 12 games P.J. Hairston – QUESTIONABLE (right quad contusion), missed last two games Cody Zeller – PROBABLE (left ankle strain)

PHI: Richaun Holmes (right hamstring strain) is questionable.

Joel Embiid (right foot injury), Carl Landry (right wrist injury), Kendall Marshall (right knee injury) and Tony Wroten (right knee injury) are out.

Biggest Story:

The Philadelphia 76ers have yet to win a game this season and they will always give every team their best shot night in and night out. No one wants to be the first team to lose to a team that hasn’t won a game yet.

The Charlotte Hornets do not want to be that team. It would be a huge hit to their confidence going forward and give them a lot of problems from inside and outside of their organization. The media will swarm around the team and they will have a lot of questions to answer because you shouldn’t lose to this Philadelphia team.

They are (0-12) so far this season and the winless streak could continue for sometime. Winless teams are scary because even though they haven’t won a game, they still have talented players and will give every team they play their best shot to try to get that first win.

Best Match-up to Watch:

Al Jefferson vs Jahlil Okafor

This will be a match-up between two similar style of play centers on separate ends of their careers. Al Jefferson is 30 and nearing the end of his prime and career. Okafor is a 19-year-old rookie that was selected with the third overall pick in the NBA Draft. He has had an incredible start to the season and looks like a stud already.

Jefferson is known for his “old man” game of playing below the rim and using a variety of post moves and pump fakes to get the best shot.

Kahlil uses much of the same moves that Jefferson does. He has a plethora of post moves already at a young age and can score in the post with ease. He is averaging 18.8 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game so far this season. He is a special talent and will be great for years to come.

Next: Poison Off the Bench

Even though most people don’t think that post moves are sexy in today’s NBA, it will be a lot of fun to watch these two battle it out on the low block.

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