Hornets-Warriors: What to watch for

March 28, 2012, 4:09 pm
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The Warriors will enjoy one of those rare scheduling quirkson Wednesday night at Oracle, completing a back-to-back home set of games. TheWarriors lost to the Lakers in Oakland on Tuesday and will come right backagainst the New Orleans Hornets.The Warriors defeated the Hornets 101-92 one week ago in NewOrleans, a game in which Klay Thompson scored a career-high (at that time) 27points.Here are some things to watch for during theHornets-Warriors game:Will Gordon play?: Hornets shooting guardEric Gordon has played just two games this season because of a knee injury, buthe is expected back soon.Gordon is one of the better scoring two guards in theleague, and New Orleans has missed that offensive punch this season. Gordonisnt expected to play on Wednesday night at Oracle, but Hornets coach MontyWilliams said its not outside the realm of possibility.I dont want to lead you on to think that if (Gordon) has agood practice (on Tuesday) hell play against Golden State, Williams said.But if he does have a good practice and hes feeling good, you neverknow.If Gordon does play, Thompsons defensive assignment justgot a lot tougher. Without Gordon, the Hornets have been starting Jarrett Jackand Marco Belinelli in the backcourt.Take care of the ball: In the Warriors104-101 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday night, they committed just fiveturnovers, and not coincidentally, they were the ballgame. That total equaled afranchise-low, and it has kept to a theme this season for GoldenState.When they dont turn the ball over, theyre a significantlytougher team to beat than when they do.Nate Robinson has missed the past two games with a strainedright hamstring, but he could return. In the nine games leading up toRobinsons injury, he had handed out 52 assists and committed just eightturnovers.That ratio has gone a long way toward the Warriors beingmore efficient on offense.Kamans status: Hornets center ChrisKaman missed Mondays game against the Clippers because of illness. His statusfor Wednesdays game against the Warriors is uncertain.If Kaman plays, he gives the Hornets a legitimateback-to-the-basket center, and he would likely be guarded by rookie JeremyTyler. Kaman is more skilled than Tyler, but Tyler has more athleticism andyouth.