For the second time since leaving the San Antonio Spurs, point guard Tony Parker will face off against the silver and black on Tuesday evening.
There’s still something unfamiliar about seeing San Antonio Spurs legend Tony Parker don purple and teal, but the point guard has found a new home alongside coach James Borrego in Charlotte. Playing for his idol in Hornets owner Michael Jordan, Parker has been afforded the opportunity to help Borrego in establishing a new culture and bringing the Hornets back to the postseason.
With that in mind, Gregg Popovich won’t show any mercy to his former comrades and friends. The San Antonio Spurs are dueling with Oklahoma City and Los Angeles for playoff positioning in the heated Western Conference. Each team is fighting to escape a first-round matchup against the defending champion Golden State Warriors.
Fresh off of a dominant 48 points, 13 rebound outing in Boston, All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge will matchup against Charlotte’s questionable frontcourt. He’ll see a combination of big men Bismack Biyombo, Frank Kaminsky and Willy Hernangómez thrown at him in an attempt to deny positioning in the low and high posts.
Between the familiarity of the personnel and Charlotte’s current three-game winning streak, tonight’s matchup could be considered a trap game for San Antonio.
The Celtics gave up a major fourth quarter run to Charlotte just one night before Aldridge torched them in Boston, so the Hornets are a sneakily competitive team. Rookie forward Miles Bridges has shown huge signs of growth over the course of his first season and shooting guard Jeremy Lamb is a threat to rain down some threes.
Tonight’s action tips off at 6:00 P.M. CST from the Spectrum Center and will be shown on Fox Sports Southwest – San Antonio.