The Hornets took yet another loss Friday night in Milwaukee, their 10th straight, and this one in embarrassing fashion, 120-84 to the Bucks. The team was shorthanded after multiple trades and cuts, as the new additions hadn’t yet arrived and been cleared to make their Hornets debuts.
This led to an ugly, noncompetitive game where the Hornets went down double digits in the first quarter and never looked back, trailing by as much as 42 at one point.
Well, the good news is the team doesn’t have to stew on this one for very long as they’re right back at it on Saturday evening, as they're back home to host the also-reeling, Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies at least have an excuse, as they’ve been one of the most banged-up NBA teams ever this year, resorting to playing many G-Leaguers and guys signed during the season.
This is a rare winnable game for the Hornets, but the Grizzlies fight hard for 48 minutes and are very well-coached, so even with their lack of talent this won’t be an easy win. As indicated by the spread which has the Hornets currently as 4.5-point underdogs. A big part of that may have to do with is, and isn’t playing on Saturday.
Hornets injury report
For Charlotte, we know that LaMelo Ball (ankle) and Mark Williams (back) remain ‘Out’. The Williams news was not encouraging, but Ball was warming up on the court and looked good, so hopefully, he’s close. Kyle Lowry (not with team) is, of course, listed as ‘Out’ as he negotiates a buyout.
The big question for Charlotte is whether or not the new guys will play. All of Grant Williams, Seth Curry, Davis Bertans, Tre Mann, and Vasilije Micic are currently listed on the injury report as ‘Game-time-decision’, and those are non-injury related. The players should all be in Charlotte and ready to go after the trades were made official, so hopefully we’ll see some of the new guys in action Saturday night.
Grizzlies injury report
The Grizzlies injury report this season has been nothing short of a tragic comedy. None of these injuries is anything new, but if you haven’t been following along, they’ll be without Ja Morant (shoulder), Desmond Bane (ankle), Brandon Clarke (achilles), Marcus Smart (finger), and Jake LaRavia (ankle). Ziaire Williams (hand) and Derrick Rose (ankle) are also ‘Questionable’ for Memphis in this one.
This could be the Hornets' best chance to get back in the win column for quite a while. At 10-41, the team could desperately use a shot in the arm, and hopefully, the new blood will be able to provide it.