Charlotte Hornets looking to rebound against Golden State Warriors

Charlotte Hornets Jeremy Lamb (Photo by Brock Williams-Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)
Charlotte Hornets Jeremy Lamb (Photo by Brock Williams-Smith/NBAE via Getty Images) /

After yet another loss to LeBron James, the Charlotte Hornets look to snag a win over the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors.

Death, taxes, and the Charlotte Hornets (35-40) losing to LeBron James.

It’s unfortunate, too, given that it was probably the best chance the Hornets had in taking him down in quite some time. Even worse is the fact that it snapped a four-game winning streak and set Charlotte back in regards to the playoff race.

There’s no use crying over spilled milk, however, and the team would best be served by focusing on their next opponent. Unfortunately, that next opponent is the defending NBA champion, Golden State Warriors (51-24).

These two teams have already played once this season, back in Charlotte, with the Warriors winning 121-110.

One might assume that this is a guaranteed loss, but the Hornets did topple Golden State in Oakland last season. This is a slightly different team, of course, but as always, I believe any team can win on any given night.

Charlotte’s last game was a 115-129 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. They are still at the 10th spot in the Eastern Conference. Golden State’s last outing was a 130-131 overtime loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

They are tied for first in the West. This is the final match-up against the Warriors this season.

Charlotte Hornets at Golden State Warriors
8:30 p.m. EST, Sunday, March 31st, 2019
Oracle Arena
Fox Sports Southeast


Injury Report:


Cody Zeller – Knee (Out)


Damian Jones – Pectoral (Out)

Things to watch for:

These two teams have only played each other 57 times over the years. That’s obviously due to them being in different conferences, but something interesting to take note of is that the series is nearly dead even.

Golden State has won 29 games and Charlotte has won 28. Hornets fans would love to see that number equaled with a win tonight.

In the last game against the Warriors, Charlotte pretty much kept superstar Stephen Curry in check, holding him to just 5-18 shooting.

Unfortunately, Klay Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins made up for it, combing to score 50 points. Curry will surely like to play better against his hometown team.

Keys to the game:

Golden State’s opponents attempt the 6th most free throws in the league. Their opponents also draw the 10th most personal fouls.

Charlotte should try to attack the basket and draw fouls because the Warriors hold teams to the third lowest field goal percentage in the NBA. That doesn’t bode well for a Hornets squad that shoots the 6th lowest percentage from the floor.

Points may be at a premium for Charlotte, so the charity stripe might be essential if the Hornets want to come away with a win.

Next. Dwayne Bacon has come into his own. dark

Every game is a must-win at this point if the Hornets want to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. Defeating Golden State may be a tall task, but it’s a task I personally think the Hornets can perform. Heres hoping they leave Oakland with a win.