Stephen Curry admits that his first time facing the newly renamed Charlotte Hornets will be special.
The Charlotte native usually enjoys playing his hometown team and will try to help the Warriors earn another victory Saturday night at home.
Curry grew up rooting for the Hornets when father Dell played for the expansion club, and this matchup has him feeling the nostalgia of those days.
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Dell Curry currently broadcasts Hornets games.
"Having my dad and his partner call the game (on television), that’s pretty special always being able to look over to the sideline and see him there with the headset on," Curry said. "That’s something I look forward to, especially now being the Hornets again kind of means a lot to my family being my dad being an original Hornet so it’s pretty special. I’ll enjoy seeing the purple and teal, those colors back on the floor."
Curry is averaging 26.5 points against Charlotte, his second-best mark against any opponent. He is shooting 49.2 percent on 3-pointers against the team formerly known as the Bobcats, though the Warriors (6-2) are 3-5 in games he played against them.
"Recently it hasn’t led to too many wins (against Charlotte) so we gotta change that," Curry said.
The Pacific Division leaders feature the NBA’s best scoring duo with Curry and Klay Thompson combining to average 49.6 points. Curry and Thompson are fourth and fifth, respectively, among the NBA’s scoring leaders and totaled 42 points in Thursday’s 107-99 home win over Brooklyn.
Golden State remains last in the NBA in averaging 20.2 turnovers, though it showed improvement with a season-low 11 against the Nets.
”I want them to be explosive, but a little less wild. It can be done, but it’s tricky," coach Steve Kerr said. "It’s like you don’t want to take away their spirit, but you want to be smart, too.”
Charlotte (4-5) will be without starting forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for the second straight game due to a stress reaction in his foot.
The Hornets overcame his absence in Friday’s 103-95 victory at Phoenix. Kemba Walker scored 12 of his 19 points in the second half for Charlotte, which rallied from 14 down after one quarter and won for the first time in five road games.
”We were frustrated at the beginning but we got together,” said guard Lance Stephenson, who had 13 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. ”We got mentally into the game and got the ‘W.’"
P.J. Hairston started in place of Kidd-Gilchrist and finished with nine points on 3-of-8 shooting in 17 minutes.
Charlotte center Al Jefferson is averaging 21.0 points and 9.8 rebounds in his last four games against Golden State, with his team winning all of them. Warriors center Andrew Bogut has been limited to 5.3 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in those contests.
Bogut, though, turned in one of his better all-around efforts against the Nets with 14 rebounds, 11 points and five assists.
The Warriors will be wearing slate-colored jerseys, though Curry said he "hates" that they feature sleeves.
"We’ll be fine," Curry said. "I’m not going to worry about shooting in them. Obviously if I had to pick, I’d say keep the traditional."