Tonight the Hornets will take on the Warriors in Golden State. Even though both of these teams are nowhere close to being mentioned in a playoff race, the future of both teams is still at stake. Currently the Hornets are last in the Western Conference. The Warriors are only 3 games ahead of the Hornets and 2 spots up in the standings. Therefore, if the Hornets do not want to finish in last place in the west it would be in their best interest to win this game.
The Warriors on the other hand have been said to be “tanking” in hopes of retaining their lottery pick in this year’s loaded draft. They would have to finish 7th or lower in the standings; currently the Warriors are in 8th. Golden States management would like to see their team lose; however, their players consider the game a job and will play their hardest
Both of these teams have been hit extremely hard by injuries this season. Golden State will be without Stephen Curry, David Lee, Andrew Bogut, Andris Beidrins, Nate Robinson, and Dorrell Wright. The Warriors will be starting 4 rookies and have only won 2 games out of their last 10.
Eric Gordon has missed 55 games this season but has averaged 20.4 points per game since his return this month.
For the Hornets sake hopefully they can win this game against the Warriors and defeat the Rockets on Thursday. They also need the Kings to lose to Oklahoma City and to the Lakers to avoid being dead last in the western conference.