Pregame notes, quotes: Charlotte Hornets vs. Orlando Magic
The Charlotte Hornets are hoping to snap a six-game losing streak on Martin Luther King Jr. day on Monday. They host the Orlando Magic, a club guided by former Hornets head coach Steve Clifford.
On a recent four-game road swing, the Hornets lost every game they played, falling to the Jazz, Suns, TrailBlazers and Nuggets. Meanwhile, the Magic are 2-2 in their last four games.
Hornets: Terry Rozier, Devonte Graham, Miles Bridges, P.J. Washington, Cody Zeller
Magic: Markelle Fultz, Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon, Khem Birch, Nikola Vucevic
The Hornets are healthy. For the Magic, Al-Farouq Aminu (knee), D.J. Augustin (knee), Jonathan Isaac (knee) and BJ Johnson (personal reasons) are out.
Steve Clifford on Graham, Rozier: "I mean just, you know, terrific. On the attack, both shooting the ball really well from three. And, you know, two hard-playing guys. Energetic. Obviously, Devonte' is -- I'd say -- one of the stories in the league."
James Borrego on Orlando's defense: "Fantastic. They're great. They do a good job. Next man up. They play hard, they play together, they defend. That's what they do."