Lets be honest Hornets fans, tonight’s game was a perfect example of the team’s season wrapped up in one 48-minute game. I feel like every time I write a wrap up article, it starts with the same opening paragraph, and it goes a little something like this. The Hornets came out flat tonight and let a less talented team get the jump on them at home…. blah, blah, blah. Its the same thing over and over, whether we want to blame injuries, schedule, or the moon’s gravitation pull, the bottom line is that this team is just not working together. As my 8-year old daughter said while watching the game, “Its like its their first day playing together”.
The offense was, wait for it, inconsistent yet again. It’s like a broken record. Change the names, but the situation is the same. A couple guys played well, tonight it was Kemba (29 points on 10-18 shooting) and Jeremy Lamb (12 points in 15 minutes). Most guys played like poop. Frank Kaminsky hit the boards well, but shot like his eyes were closed (12 points, 11 rebounds, 5-16 from the field). Marvin was on the floor, but had slightly more impact than I did from my couch. He played 33 minutes but only scored 4 points on 1-7 shooting and had ZERO, yes, zero rebounds.
The Hornets do not play much defense these days. MKG, who is the “stopper”, got scored on by half the 76ers tonight. The rest of the team is either slow to react, or seriously disinterested on this side of the ball. Miles Plumlee injured a calf muscle early in the game and did not return, hopefully it is not serious, but it does seem like immediate Karma for trading two centers for one on a team with injury issues.
Finally, I have to bring up Nic Batum, who decided it would be a great idea to guarantee victory tonight. I can’t decide which is funnier, the fact he found it necessary to do that, or the fact that they managed to lose versus a team without their two best offensive players. The bottom line is that this team has serious issues starting with the players and going up the chain of command to coaches and front office. Unfortunately, I don’t get paid enough to help them figure it out.