1. Where will the scoring come from? The New Orleans Hornets will likely be without the services Sunday night of starting shooting guard Eric Gordon, who has customarily sat out the second games of back-to-backs since he returned from rehabbing his right knee at the end of December. And with rookie shooting guard Austin Rivers out for the season with a broken right hand, sustained in last Wednesday night's loss to the Lakers, the reeling Hornets need to identify another scorer against the Portland Trail Blazers. Will that man be Roger Mason Jr? Or will someone else step up to provide backcourt points?
2. Who has the better night: Anthony Davis or Damian Lillard? The race for the NBA's Rookie of the Year award has been controlled all season by Portland rookie point guard Damian Lillard. Lillard started off fast and has built what seems to be an insurmountable lead against Davis, the Hornets forward who's coming off a big night in a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night. Sunday night's head-to-head matchup with Lillard gives Davis an opportunity to make some headway in the race. He needs to finish with a splash to close the gap, and if Davis has any desires of capturing the trophy, he needs to step things up over the last month of the season.
New Orleans Hornets vs. Portland Trail Blazers
New Orleans Times-Picayune | Mar 10