NBA Gameday: Will Hornets ruin Steph Curry's homecoming?

NBA Gameday: Will Hornets ruin Steph Curry's homecoming?

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Stephen Curry has had quite the memorable visit to his hometown Charlotte, and he hopes to conclude it Wednesday night with a Warriors victory.

On the fourth and final stop of their seven-day road trip, the Warriors (38-7) invade Spectrum Center to face the Hornets (23-22).

One day after Curry was honored by both his high school, Charlotte Christian, and by Davidson College, the Warriors (38-7) are trying to bounce back from a stinging last-second loss to the Heat in Miami on Monday.

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With the Warriors coming off a loss at Miami, at stake is their streak of 131 consecutive games, dating back to April 2015, without losing two in a row.


Warriors by 10


Curry vs. Kemba Walker: Curry is averaging 36.3 points over his last three games in Charlotte and usually excels there. Walker, acutely aware of the hometown dynamic, occasionally matches his counterpart. Walker has improved his 3-point shot enough that his percentage this season (41.4) is higher than that of Curry (40.1). Curry will want to rearrange those numbers, maybe in one night.


Warriors: F/C David West (L thumb fracture) is listed as out.

Hornets: C Frank Kaminsky (nasal fracture), G Jeremy Lamb (metatarsal inflammation), G Brian Roberts (illness) and C Cody Zeller (quad contusion) are questionable.


Warriors: 8-2. Hornets: 4-6


In sweeping the season series in each of the last two seasons, the Warriors have won four straight and six of the last eight overall.


RESPECT THE ROCK: Charlotte ranks third in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.02. The Warriors are second (2.08), their ratio skewed by superb ball movement that results in high assist totals. The Hornets are careful with the ball, and they are 10-2 at home when forcing more turnovers than they commit.

GLASS WARS: The Hornets rank fourth in rebounding, averaging 45.5 per game. Though the Warriors are fifth, at 45.3, they also allow more offensive rebounds (11.6) than any team in the league. The team that rebounds best gains a decided advantage.

KD VS. MKG: Durant has been burning most everyone in his path and poses quite the challenge for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, one of the league’s better wing defenders. As good as MKG is, this will be his first meeting with KD this season and he may discover why Durant is having his most efficient season.

Thunder are listing Russell Westbrook as out for opener vs. Warriors


Thunder are listing Russell Westbrook as out for opener vs. Warriors

We knew this was a possibility when the Thunder announced that Russell Westbrook underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Sept. 12.

Now it appears to be a reality: Westbrook won't play on Tuesday night in the season opener against the Warriors.

The Thunder have listed Westbrook as OUT on the game notes they sent to the media on Monday. Additionally, center Steven Adams is listed as questionable due to lower back stiffness.

Things could always change, but it's not looking for a Westbrook vs. Kevin Durant showdown at Oracle on Tuesday.

The Warriors will receive their 2018 championship rings before the game. No word on if the Thunder will be on the court watching the ceremony or in their locker room munching on cupcakes.

Report: Veteran guard Jamal Crawford agrees to deal with Suns


Report: Veteran guard Jamal Crawford agrees to deal with Suns

If you think along the lines of Kevin Durant and Draymond Green, you probably wanted the Warriors to sign veteran free agent Jamal Crawford. Unfortunately, you, KD and Draymond didn't get your wish.

On the eve of the 2018-19 NBA season, the 38-year-old guard agreed to a one-year deal with the Phoenix Suns, according to multiple national reports.

The Suns will pay Crawford $2.4 million, according to The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears.

Crawford spent last season with the Timberwolves. In 80 games, he averaged 10.3 points, 2.3 assists and 1.2 rebounds in 20.7 minutes off the bench.

Crawford is the third veteran presence to be added to the Suns' roster this offseason, joining former Rockets forwards Trevor Ariza and Ryan Anderson.

The move to add Crawford is the first noteworthy addition by interim Suns general manager James Jones, who took over when GM Ryan McDonough was fired last Monday.

So instead of playing with him, Durant and Green will have to play Crawford four times this season.