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Final: Hornets 104, Celtics 97

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

For a full recap and analysis of the action check out Ryan's column here.

Pregame Notes: Gordon Hayward returns to the floor for his first NBA action in over 11 months on Friday night as the Celtics open up their preseason on the campus of UNC for a matchup against the Hornets. I won't be watching this game live due to my brother's wedding, but the one and only Ryan Bernardoni will be filling in for me with full analysis on BSJ. Make sure to give him a follow.

WHO: Celtics vs. Hornets
WHEN:  7:30 EST
WHERE:  Dean Dome
TV: NBC Sports Boston

Projected Starting Lineups:

Celtics
PG: Kyrie Irving
SG: Jaylen Brown
F: Jayson Tatum
F: Gordon Hayward
C: Al Horford

Hornets:

PG: Kemba Walker
SG: Nicolas Batum

SF: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
PF: Marvin Williams
C: Cody Zeller