Hornets-Warriors: What to watch for

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Hornets-Warriors: What to watch for

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.

Suns guard sustains torn ACL in left knee

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Suns guard sustains torn ACL in left knee

Brandon Knight may not take the floor next year.

The Suns guard tore the ACL in his left knee and could miss the entire season, the team announced on Tuesday afternoon.

He sustained the injury last week while playing in Florida.

Knight's production fell off during the 2016-17 campaign, when he appeared in just 54 games.

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He averaged career lows in practically every category -- points (11.0), assists (2.4), rebounds (2.2), steals (0.5), field goal percentage (39.8) and 3-point percentage (32.4).

The year prior, he registered 19.6 points, 5.1 assists and 3.9 rebounds per contest.

Knight entered the league as the eighth overall pick in the 2011 draft.

After two seasons with Detroit, he was traded to Milwaukee.

In February 2015, he was traded to Phoenix.

Knight is scheduled to make over $13.6 million next season, over $14.6 million in 2018-19 and over $15.6 million in 2019-20.

With Kyrie Irving reportedly requesting a trade from Cleveland, several national reporters have listed the Suns as a potential landing spot for the All-Star guard...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Report: Blazers trade Allen Crabbe

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Report: Blazers trade Allen Crabbe

Allen Crabbe will end up in Brooklyn after all.

The Blazers will trade the shooting guard to the Nets, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

In exchange, Brooklyn will send big man Andrew Nicholson to Portland.

Nicholson will not suit up for the the Blazers, as Portland will waive and stretch his contract.

Last summer, Crabbe -- who was a restricted free agent -- signed a 4-year, $75 million sheet from the Nets.

The former Cal star returned to the Pacific Northwest because the Blazers matched the offer.

Last season, Crabbe averaged a career-best 10.7 points per game, while shooting just under 47 percent from the field and over 44 percent from deep.

He averaged just 5.5 points in the opening round of the playoffs against the Warriors.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller