Charlotte Hornets Continue to Struggle…

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After a promising 3-3 start to the season the Hornets have collapsed. They stand 13th in the East with a 4-13 record and are currently on a eight game losing streak.

Last season the Hornets (then Bobcats) found their way into the playoffs by playing lock-down defense all season long to cover for their horrendous offense. This season however, their offense is still a shocking 26th in the league and their defense is not even top 20. Allowing over 100 points a game the Hornets need to start picking up wins in this slightly easier upcoming stretch of the schedule.

Also, the Hornets have been on the wrong side of some very close games during a 1-9 stretch, including a one point loss to Miami and a two point loss to the Blazers showing that this Charlotte side can still hang around with the top teams.

Over this period Al Jefferson has been the only consistent, efficient scoring option for this team, still pouring in over 20 a game while adding a hair under eight rebounds a night.

Jefferson Hornets

MKG has maintained high efficiency when on the court as well as rebounding well, but has been kept out frequently by nagging injuries. Hopefully he can maintain some good health and anchor a Charlotte defense that greatly needs it’s best on-ball defender in rotation.

Kemba Walker and Lance Stephenson aren’t having the best seasons. A backcourt duo that in the off-season warranted much attention has so far managed to combine for 22ppg on 37% shooting.

To give some context, Kobe is receiving mass criticism for averaging 26ppg on 38% from the field on his own. That shows a lot about why the Hornets have been unable to put points on the board.

Gary Neal is making a push for Lance’s minutes at the moment, at over 40% from the field and from deep, whilst Lance is struggling across the board.

Coming up this week:

After coming up short against the Golden State Warriors, the Hornets then play the Hawks away on Saturday. This being the second half of a back to back you can expect fatigue to be a factor. However, the Hornets have to start beating teams like the Hawks if they want to make a playoff push.

On Wednesday they come up against Chicago at home, another tough match up which the Hornets might struggle winning without having the whole team healthy.

Lance Stephenson Hornets 2

Then on Friday they have the Knicks at home, who are currently in the thick of a results crisis themselves. This is an absolute must win game for the Hornets. Playoff teams need to win home games against weak teams.

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17 year old British student, Lakers fan but just a fan of good basketball really.

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