Second half, but the same inconsistent mediocre Hornets team. Charlotte came out of the second half with a fresh start.
The Hornets are 3.5 games back from a playoff spot, trailing the Detroit Pistons. Yesterday, the Hornets faced the 8th seed Pistons. Charlotte needed this win so they can gain ground on them. They were leading the Pistons by 15 points but couldn’t close it out in the 4th quarter. The Hornets went on to lose in overtime.
Dating back to before the all-star break, Charlotte is 1-9 in the last 10 games.
Starting the season off, the Charlotte Hornets were one of the most surprising teams coming out of the Eastern Conference. Not too long ago, Charlotte’s record was 17–12 and was sitting at the 4th seed in the East. None of that, however, changes the fact that Charlotte is 1–10 Vs the Cavaliers, Celtics, Raptors, and Wizards. The Hornets are not who we thought they were.
Last year, they had a great team and finished 48-34, 6th in the eastern conference and took the Miami Heat to game 7. Nothing changed, same coach, same roster, same offensive and defensive schemes. It’s time for the Hornets to find new pieces in the off-season.
The Charlotte Hornets are 24–33 and, collectively, haven’t been great. There’s more than one problem with this Charlotte team. Kemba Walker is not passing the ball enough, Batum needs to do a better job scoring, as he ranks sixth worse in secondary scoring (15.7 PPG), Micheal Kidd-Gilchrist’s lack of outside shooting (he’s shooting 12.5% from the 3) makes him a no threat on offense, and Marvin Williams’ numbers are down all across the stat board.
Let’s look at the bench because the Charlotte Hornets’ bench is 12th in the league at 37.2 PPG. Their bench is giving the best support they can for the team. The Hornets’ bench features the hot shooting Marco Bellini, who is shooting 36.8 % from the 3 pt line and can change any ball game real quick.
It’s clear that the bench is not the problem, but rather their ability to stop their opponents from scoring.
Their defense isn’t that bad either. The Hornets is 7th in defense efficiency. But there’s a big difference when the bench comes on the floor. When the second unit come on the floor the defensive rating is 101.1. Marvin Williams thinks it’s the lack of communication on the floor.
“It starts with communication. The problem is more what happens after an opposing player’s first move” Marvin Williams said. “Whether it’s missed help or a lack of communication”.
News: Hornets GM Rich Cho announced today that the team has signed forward Johnny O’Bryant to a 10- day contract.