#CavsHornets Game Preview - November 15, 2017

Spectrum Center 8:00 p.m. ET

Game Summary

The Cavaliers (7-7) face off against the Charlotte Hornets (5-7) on Wednesday night to wrap up their four-game road trip. Tipoff from the Spectrum Center is at 8:00 p.m. (ET).

Cleveland will not only be eyeing their third-straight win Wednesday, but also a successful 3-1 road trip record if they can top the Hornets.

As they continue their winning ways, the Cavs have gained plenty of confidence, especially after coming from behind and dropping the New York Knicks, 104-101, on Monday night.

Cleveland fought back from a 23-point deficit with 2:12 left in the third quarter, outscoring the Knicks, 54-28, the rest of the way which included a 43-25 edge in the fourth quarter.

Nine triples (16 total) in the fourth quarter were key to overcoming the Knicks, but the star of the night was undoubtedly Kyle Korver. Korver tallied 19 points in the fourth and finished with 21 total, as well as a 5-12 (.417) mark from three-point range.

Alongside Korver, the Cavs' entire bench has been on fire throughout the 2017-18 campaign. This was highlighted on Monday after the reserves outscored the Knicks’ bench 54-16, which was the ninth time this season Cleveland has had more bench points than their opponents.

It's important not to overlook the Wine & Gold's defensive improvements on this road trip. Over the past two games against New York and Dallas, Cleveland has held their opponents to a combined .428 shooting percentage from the field.

Heading into Charlotte, the Cavaliers will need their recent success on both offense and defense to continue if they wish to beat the Hornets, who are currently 4-1 at home this season.

Despite their sub-500 record thus far, Charlotte has a tough starting five, including an extremely talented point guard in Kemba Walker. In eight games this season, Walker has tallied 20-plus points including a 20-point performance in the club's recent 90-87 loss to the Boston Celtics.

Charlotte is a much bigger team as well, which the Cavs have to take into account. Over the offseason, the Hornets traded Marco Belinelli, Miles Plumlee, and a 2017 draft pick to the Atlanta Hawks for center Dwight Howard. Howard has had fast success this season with his new team, collecting an average of 13.3 rebounds per game, which is fifth-best in the NBA so far. Howard notched six points, 11 rebounds and three assists in their most recent contest against the Celtics.


Where to Catch the Action

TV: FOX Sports Ohio, ESPN

Radio: WTAM 1100, 100.7 WMMS, 87.7 La Mega

For live in-game updates, follow @cavs, @CavsJoeG, @CavsFredMcLeod, @MrCavalier34, @CavsJMike and @chones22 on Twitter.


Probable Starters/Status Update*

#4 - Iman Shumpert

#5 - JR Smith

#23 - LeBron James

#99 - Jae Crowder

#0 - Kevin Love

#15 - Kemba Walker

#5 - Nicolas Batum

#14 - Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

#2 - Marvin Williams

#12 - Dwight Howard

Status Update: (Cavs) - Isaiah Thomas, (Right hip, Out), Tristan Thompson, (Left calf strain, Out), Derrick Rose, (Left ankle sprain/soreness, Out)

Status Update: (Hornets) - Treveon Graham, (Right quad contusion, Out), Julyan Stone, (Left hamstring strain, Out), Nicolas Batum, (Sprained left elbow, Probable)

*Subject to change.


Head-to-Head Matchup

Last season, Cleveland rolled past Charlotte, sweeping the Hornets in all four games they played. In those four wins, the Cavs averaged 112.3 points on .509 shooting, including .400 (50-125) from three-point range, and 23.3 assists (11.3 turnovers).

The Wine & Gold's success against the Hornets isn't limited to last season either. The Cavaliers have also won 10 of the last 11 meetings, including each of their last six contests, outscoring their opponent, 107.6 to 98.1.

Individually, expect to see Kevin Love and LeBron James shine. The two have excelled against the Hornets throughout their entire careers. LBJ has 18 career 30-point games against the Hornets while KLove posted three double-doubles in last year's season series.

Following Wednesday's matchup, these two clubs will battle twice more, including one more time this month in Cleveland on November 24th. The two squads will wrap up their series on March 28th in Charlotte.


On Deck

Following the Cavs' matchup against the Hornets, the club returns home this Friday, November 17th for a 7:30 p.m. (ET) dual against the L.A. Clippers. The Wine & Gold will then hit the road again for a divisional battle with the Detroit Pistons on Monday, November 20th.

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Cavs.com Wrap Up from Charlotte

Cavs.com’s Fred McLeod checks in from Charlotte to recap the Wine & Gold’s victory at the Spectrum Center.

Cavs at Hornets - November 15, 2017

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Cavs.com Wrap Up from Charlotte

Cavs.com’s Fred McLeod checks in from Charlotte to recap the Wine & Gold’s victory at the Spectrum Center.
Nov 16, 2017  |  04:14

#CavsHornets On-Court Postgame: Kevin Love - November 15, 2017

Cavaliers forward/center Kevin Love spoke with FOX Sports Ohio’s Allie Clifton following Wednesday's 115-107 victory against the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center.
Nov 16, 2017  |  02:02

#CavsHornets Postgame: Dwyane Wade - November 15, 2017

Cavaliers guard Dwyane Wade spoke with the media following Wednesday's 115-107 victory against the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center.
Nov 16, 2017  |  02:53

#CavsHornets Postgame: Jeff Green - November 15, 2017

Cavaliers forward Jeff Green spoke with the media following Wednesday's 115-107 victory against the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center.
Nov 16, 2017  |  02:16

GAME RECAP: Cavaliers 115, Hornets 107

LeBron James scores 31 points and dishes 8 assists as the Cavaliers hold off the Hornets 115-107. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 22 points for Charlotte in the loss.
Nov 16, 2017  |  02:26

#CavsHornets Postgame: Channing Frye - November 15, 2017

Cavaliers forward Channing Frye spoke with the media following Wednesday's 115-107 victory against the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center.
Nov 16, 2017  |  04:14

#CavsHornets Postgame: LeBron James - November 15, 2017

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media following Wednesday's 115-107 victory against the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center.
Nov 16, 2017  |  04:42

#CavsHornets Postgame: Coach Lue - November 15, 2017

Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue spoke with the media following Wednesday's 115-107 victory against the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center.
Nov 16, 2017  |  03:08

#CavsHornets Postgame: Kevin Love - November 15, 2017

Cavaliers Center Kevin Love spoke with the media following Wednesday's 115-107 victory against the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center.
Nov 16, 2017  |  02:50

LBJ Steals and Soars for the Slam

LeBron James gets the steal and soars high and far for the emphatic flush.
Nov 15, 2017  |  00:10

Featured Highlight: Green with the Putback Slam

Jeff Green crashes the offensive glass and skies high for the putback slam.
Nov 15, 2017  |  00:09

LBJ Throws the Lob to DWade

LeBron James throws the pretty high-handoff to Dwyane Wade for the alley-oop finish.
Nov 15, 2017  |  00:10

James Scores 31

LeBron James shines again going 12-24 from the field on his way to scoring 31 points and dishing 8 assists.
Nov 15, 2017  |  01:13

LBJ Hustles for the Power Finish

LeBron James works hard in the paint for the power slam in this Goodyear 'More Driven' highlight.
Nov 15, 2017  |  00:17

KLove with the Hoop and the Harm

Kevin Love finishes through contact for the hoop and the harm.
Nov 15, 2017  |  00:10

DWade Lobs Green

The Wine & Gold run their halfcourt set to perfection as Dwyane Wade finds Jeff Green on the high-handoff.
Nov 15, 2017  |  00:09

Jeff Green Slips for the Slam

Jeff Green slips the screen and LeBron James throws him the dime for the slam.
Nov 15, 2017  |  00:09

JR Dimes LBJ for the Flush

JR Smith spots a cutting LeBron James for the monster finish.
Nov 15, 2017  |  00:09

LBJ Muscles Home the And-One

LeBron James takes it strong to the basket and finishes through contact, plus the foul.
Nov 15, 2017  |  00:08

#CavsHornets Shootaround: LeBron James - November 15, 2017

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media prior to Wednesday's shootaround at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte.
Nov 15, 2017  |  03:40

#CavsHornets Shootaround: Kevin Love - November 15, 2017

Cavaliers forward/center Kevin Love spoke with the media prior to Wednesday's shootaround at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte.
Nov 15, 2017  |  01:37

#CavsHornets Shootaround: Coach Lue - November 15, 2017

Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue spoke with the media prior to Wednesday's shootaround at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte.
Nov 15, 2017  |  03:23