HORNETS AT THUNDER, 8 P.M. ET

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  • Hornets rookie forward Anthony Davis sprained his left shoulder in last night’s loss to Brooklyn and did not fly with the team to Oklahoma City. Ryan Anderson is expected to start in his place. Guard Eric Gordon will be in uniform for the Hornets, but he’s still on restrictions from team doctors and isn’t being allowed to play in the second game of back-to-backs. Rookie Austin Rivers will start in his place.
  • New Thunder players Derek Fisher, who isn’t totally new since he played for the team at the end of last season, and Ronnie Brewer will be activated tonight and will likely play depending on the game situation, “Fish isn’t here just to tell stories about Kobe and Shaq while we sit around eating s’mores,” cracked Thunder head coach Scott Brooks.
  • Speculation is that Fisher will take minutes away from current Thunder backup point guard Reggie Jackson, Fisher though comes in with no expectations and he told reporters he thinks Jackson, “has played really solid basketball and deserves the opportunity to continue to play.”  In 44 games this season Jackson is averaging 4.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 44.9 percent shooting. He’s averaging 12 minutes of playing time. Including last season’s playoffs Fisher played 40 games for OKC and averaged 5.6 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 38.1 percent shooting while playing 21 minutes per game.
  • OKC has won 17 straight games this season over Western Conference opponents and seven straight over the Hornets going back to the 2010-11 season. Thunder All-Star Kevin Durant is averaging 30.0 points against New Orleans during that stretch while shooting 62.8 percent.
  • The Hornets have lost four of their last five and have played poorly on defense, especially beyond the arc where opponents have hit almost half (48.8 percent) of their shots.

– Randy Renner

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