Five fearless predictions for Wednesday’s Charlotte Hornets game against the Boston Celtics
1. The Earth isn’t flat, and Kemba Walker can’t afford to be.
Former Duke star Kyrie Irving (flat-earth theory guy) has been terrific since the trade to the Celtics and improved as a defender. That should serve as a challenge to fellow All-Star point guard Kemba Walker.
2. Jayson Tatum is all that.
Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist missed practice Tuesday with an illness. If he can’t play, that’s a hit in guarding Tatum, the marvelous rookie out of Duke.
3. Dwight Howard will be stretched out of his comfort zone.
Boston big man Al Horford likes the 3-point shot. The Celtics spread the floor in a way that takes Howard out of the lane defensively.
4. Holiday cheer?
The Hornets got a rare two days off without games or practice for the Christmas holiday. The Celtics played Christmas Day, a home loss to the Washington Wizards.
5. Not a Bon Voyage
The last home game before a four-game West Coast trip: Celtics 113, Hornets 104
Celtics at Hornets
Where/when: Spectrum Center, 7 p.m.
TV/Radio: Fox Sports Southeast /WFNZ 610-AM