Larry Nance Jr. vs. Charlotte
Larry Nance Jr. attempts a layup against the Charlotte Hornets on Dec. 28, 2015.
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10 Things to Know: Lakers at Hornets (12/20/16)

by Joey Ramirez
Digital Reporter

Here is what you need to know before the Lakers face the Charlotte Hornets.

1) Brandon Ingram put together his most complete game thus far in his rookie season during the Lakers’ loss to Cleveland on Saturday. The 19-year-old finished the night with nine points, 10 rebounds and nine assists — finishing on the cusp of unseating LeBron James as the youngest player in NBA history with a triple-double.

2) Ingram wasn’t the only Laker with a monster night against the Cavs. Nick Young was a flamethrower on offense, dropping a season-high 32 points despite having five fouls for much of the second half. Young was ridiculous from beyond the arc, hitting a career-high eight 3-pointers for L.A.

3) Charlotte had one of the fastest starts of any team in the NBA this year, but lately its shooting has gone cold. The Hornets have lost four of their last five games and are hitting the league’s third-worst field goal percentage (41.9) during this span.

4) The Hornets like to crash the glass, ranking third in the NBA in rebounds (45.8). Unexpectedly, they have done this without a single top-30 individual rebounder. Instead, they are led by Nicolas Batum, who tops all shooting guards in boards (7.5).

5) Another one of Charlotte’s strengths can be found at the foul line, where it makes 5.9 more free throws per game than its opponents. The Hornets simply keep their foes away from the charity stripe, as they commit the league’s fewest fouls (17.0).

6) Kemba Walker is on pace for a career year, averaging 22.4 points per game on 46.3 percent shooting. Though the Bronx native is tied with Young for the NBA’s ninth-most 3-pointers, he has done most of his damage attacking the basket, while leading the league in scoring as the pick-and-roll ball handler (12.1 ppg).

7) Much of Walker’s success can be attributed to the work of his bigs, as the Hornets lead the NBA in screen assists (12.6). Cody Zeller has been Charlotte’s best at this, averaging 4.9 himself while also shooting the league’s fifth-best field goal percentage (58.7).

8) Batum not only leads the Hornets in rebounds but also in assists (5.4), proving exceptionally versatile on the wing. Unfortunately for the Frenchman, his shooting hasn’t been up to par, as he is hitting the league’s fourth-worst field goal percentage (37.8), which is also on pace for a career-low.

9) After spending last season with the Lakers, Roy Hibbert is now suiting up for Charlotte. He started all but one game for Los Angeles last year but has taken a much smaller role with the Hornets, averaging a career-low 5.4 points.

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10) Hibbert isn't the only member of the Hornets with ties to the Lakers. Head coach Steve Clifford was an assistant in L.A. during the 2012-13 season, while backup guard Ramon Sessions played 23 games for the Lakers in 2012 after being traded in the deal that sent Luke Walton to Cleveland.

Injury Report
D’Angelo Russell (sore left knee) and Tarik Black (sprained right ankle) are probable. Jose Calderon (right hamstring strain) is out.
Hornets: None.

Tip-off: 4 p.m. PT
TV: Spectrum SportsNet and Spectrum Deportes
Radio: 710 ESPN and 1330 KWKW

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