Perhaps the most talked-about Hornets game in recent memory, Kemba Walker made his return to Charlotte. A standing ovation and video tribute from the Hornets moved Walker to tears.
When halftime rolled around in Charlotte, a familiar face made his way towards the Hornets tunnel, until he realized, he’s no longer a Hornet. That’s why Kemba Walker is so loved in this community, he is and will always be a Hornet.
The game started out close and it was clear that Walker had the jitters facing the only team he’s ever known. He only had 3 points in the first half and they were from the free-throw line. Walker did finish with 14 but this is precisely why he decided to take less money and go to Boston. Kemba Walker doesn’t have to carry the load anymore. He’s got pieces around him that can pick him up, night in and night out. Walker never had that in Charlotte.
Terry Rozier had a rough night and finished with just three points on 1-11 shooting. Rozier seemed to find his groove the last couple of games for Charlotte but tonight was a different story. Turnovers, traveling calls, and bad shot selection made this a night to forget for Rozier. Miles Bridges led the Hornets in points and rebounds tonight as he finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
The Hornets could not get out of their own way tonight on the offensive end. Charlotte turned the ball over 21 times to Boston’s 13. Anytime the Hornets would start a run, they seemed to have an untimely turnover or choose a poor shot. In their last two wins, the Hornets have won the turnover battle. It’s hard for a team with no primary scorer to overcome mistakes like the ones the Hornets made tonight.
Poor Shooting From Beyond The Arc
The Celtics weren’t great in this game as they shot 43% from the field and 30% from three. The Hornets were absolutely awful from beyond the arc. While they finished shooting 38%, they shot 19% from three-point land (6-31). The Hornets led the league on three-point efficiency, I’m sure that’ll change after tonight’s performance. The Hornets couldn’t buy a shot tonight and it allowed the Celtics to coast to an easy win. Charlotte has to shake off this awful shooting performance and get ready for a tough test when they play the Pelicans on Saturday.
Next game: vs New Orleans 11/9