When: Sat., Jan. 7, 7:30 p.m. 2017
Heading into the New Year, the San Antonio Spurs find themselves in a familiar position, chasing the Golden State Warriors for the best record in the NBA. While neither team is currently matching last season’s torrid pace, which yielded historic albeit disappointing results for each franchise, 2017 brings the promise of another title. After losing out on the league’s All-Star Game due to anti-LGBT state legislation, the Charlotte Hornets have been one of the surprises in the Eastern Conference. Bolstered by a starting backcourt featuring Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum, Charlotte boasts a top-10 defense, and is primed for a return to the post- season. Following their first-round exit in last year’s playoffs, the upstart Hornets will be looking to test their mettle against an elite opponent.