Warriors vs. Hornets watch guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage

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Not since Nov. 17 have the Warriors jogged out of a locker room with as many healthy players as they will on Wednesday in Charlotte.

After operating with eight or nine players for each of the past 10 games, 11 are expected to be available to face the Hornets at Spectrum Center. Pregame coverage on NBC Sports begins at 3 o'clock, with tipoff scheduled for 4:10.

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For the first time since Oct. 30, the Warriors (4-18) will have two players -- Draymond Green and Kevon Looney -- that were in the rotation last season. Both will play, though Green is nursing a tender right heel and Looney returned Monday after a five-week absence with neuropathy.

The Hornets (8-14) have lost seven of their last nine games, mostly due to a leaky defense. Their 114.1 defensive rating ranks 29th in the NBA, just ahead of the Wizards (115.9) and behind the Warriors (113.7).

 

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors

F Eric Paschall
F Draymond Green
C Willie Cauley-Stein
G Glenn Robinson III
G D'Angelo Russell



Hornets

F Miles Bridges
F PJ Washington
C Bismack Biyombo
G Devonte' Graham
G Terry Rozier



 

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: G D'Angelo Russell (right thumb sprain) is listed as probable. G Stephen Curry (left hand fracture), G Jacob Evans III (L adductor strain), G Damion Lee (right hand non-displaced fracture) and G Klay Thompson (right ACL rehab) are listed as out. F Alen Smailagic is on assignment with G-League Santa Cruz.

Hornets: F Nicolas Batum (left hand soreness) is listed as probable. G/F Caleb Martin, G Cody Martin and F Jalen McDaniels are on assignment with the G-League Greensboro Swarm.

 

ROTATION OUTLOOK

Warriors: The anticipated return of Russell should give a boost to an offense that has been struggling to score. His proficiency in pick-and-roll and isolation will immediately diversify the offense against a weak Charlotte defense ... With Green out Monday night in Atlanta, Looney started at PF. With Green expected to go back into the starting lineup, Looney could come off the bench. He still is on a minutes restriction, somewhere in the 15-20 range ... A full second unit could like something like this: PG Ky Bowman, SG Jordan Poole, SF Alec Burks, PF Omari Spellman and either Marquese Chriss or Looney .... Robinson is the only player to start every game this season ... During the team's morning shootaround, coach Steve Kerr sarcastically suggested he wouldn't "know what to do" with the newly created depth. And to think, he might add another player by Friday. PG Jacob Evans III could make his return after a five-week absence.

Hornets: They have been starting a small backcourt, as both Graham and Rozier are listed at 6-foot-1. The surprise is that Graham (18.0 ppg), a second-year Kansas product, often has been more effective than Rozier (17.3 ppg), who came over as a free agent after four seasons in Boston ... SF Nicolas Batum, in the fourth season of a five-year contract (player option for 2020-21) worth $120 million, has been plagued by injuries and yet to start a game this season ... SG Dwayne Bacon, who torched the Warriors for a season-high 25 points on Nov. 2 at Chase Center, has since been in and out of the rotation based on the decision of coach James Borrego ... PF Marvin Williams, a longtime starter, has been the team's most effective Sixth Man, averaging 8.0 points and 2.8 rebounds ... C Cody Zeller started the first 17 games before sustaining a hip contusion last week. He has come off the bench in each of the last two games but could replace Biyombo in the starting lineup Wednesday.

Officials: Ken Mauer (crew chief), Aaron Smith, Johnathan Sterling.

Warriors vs. Hornets watch guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

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