The Hornets will play for the first time this season on national TV.
The Hornets Wednesday February 23rd home game against the Clippers was moved to an 8:30 pm tipoff. The Hornets and Clippers are two of the surprise teams in the West. The Clippers led by Blake Griffin have won 19 games.
The Hornets are 32-19 heading into Saturday night's home game against the Lakers.
The Hornets signed forward Sasha Pavlovic to a 10 day contract. Pavlovic practiced Friday. Head coach Monty Williams said he could play 15 to 20 minutes against the Lakers Saturday night. The Hornets will be missing two of their three frontcourt starters, forward Trevor Ariza and center Emeka Okafor.
Williams said he has spoken to the league about a pair of goaltending calls late in games that went against New Orleans. They include an obvious goaltend by Phoenix's Grant Hill on a layup attempt by Marcus Thornton in the final seconds of a Suns 104-102 win over New Orleans January 30th.
Williams wouldn't say if the league admitted any errors by game officials. He said he would like to see goaltending calls added to the list of 11 possible game scenarios that can be reviewed by replay. Said Williams, "My thing is if you are going to question whether a guy made a three point goal, and wave your finger and go look at it on the camera. You should do that on every basket. From that standpoint, I think it should be changed because it hurt us."
Guard Jarrett Jack was late for practice. Williams said he would be fined.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times