Eric Gordon (knee), Emeka Okafor (knee), Chris Kaman (flu), Jarrett Jack (ankle) and Trevor Ariza (ankle), a potential starting five at the beginning of the season, were all out of the team’s last game, a 99-93 loss at Portland, and the latter three are all questionable for Saturday’s 12:30 tip off against the Lakers.
But as Hornets.com’s Jim Eichenhofer explained to us, this hasn’t kept Monty Williams’ squad from playing hard, and thus making them anything but an automatic victory. L.A. certainly had to earn its March 14 overtime victory at New Orleans. In that one, L.A. trailed by 14 at halftime and needed three Kobe free throws on a late Gustavo Ayon foul at the three-point line just to force the overtime, where the two key plays came at the defensive end from Metta World Peace (see the [awesome] photo above).
To listen to Eichenhofer’s complete take on the Hornets and the matchup, click below: