Charlotte Hornets Player Grades: Hornets get stifled in loss

Charlotte Hornets Kemba Walker (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Charlotte Hornets Kemba Walker (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /

The Charlotte Hornets fought, but came up short to the Utah Jazz on Friday night thanks to a big game from Rudy Gobert.

Coming into tonight’s game, the Charlotte Hornets had won two straight, and were hoping to make in three in a row against Utah tonight. The team played hard, but in the end, it’s a loss for Charlotte, and the team is once again sitting at the .500 mark.

It feels like I’ve said that a lot recently as, the Hornets are consistently hovering around the .500 mark. We need to see more consistency from this group. This was a winnable game against a Jazz team that has dealt with some struggles of their own so far this season.

Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, Utah’s two best players, dominated the Hornets tonight. It’s tough to contain a guy like Gobert, who makes such a big difference on both ends of the floor. I liked the Hornets mentality to keep attacking Gobert in the paint, but they didn’t find a lot of success with that strategy.

Gobert had 20 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks, while Mitchell had 30 points, six rebounds and six assists. For the Hornets, they got some contributions from all over tonight, with six players scoring in double figures.

Let’s dive into these grades, but before we do that, here’s a quick note. Dwayne Bacon and Willy Hernangomez did not play tonight, as well as Bismack Biyombo, who was inactive. They will not be included in the grades.

Another game, another not-so aggressive performance from <a rel=. SF/SG. Charlotte Hornets. NICOLAS BATUM. C+

This was a really good outing for the rookie <a rel=. SF/PF. Charlotte Hornets. MILES BRIDGES. B+

DEVONTE' GRAHAM. C-. It was a pretty uneventful night for Graham, who played less than a minute of garbage time. He did not accumulate any stats in his time on the court.. PG. Charlotte Hornets

C-. <a rel=. C/PF. Charlotte Hornets. FRANK KAMINSKY

B+. Since his return from an ankle injury, <a rel=. SF/PF. Charlotte Hornets. MICHAEL KIDD-GILCHRIST

<a rel=. SG/SF. Charlotte Hornets. JEREMY LAMB. B+

Charlotte Hornets. MALIK MONK. C-. We knew coming into this game that <a rel=. SG/PG

Charlotte Hornets. TONY PARKER. A. The star of the night for Charlotte was <a rel=. PG

The Captain scored 21 points tonight, shooting 9-17 from the field. He had some real nice finishes around the rim, but couldn’t get going from downtown, shooting just 1-6 from three-point land. He added seven rebounds and four assists, but it wasn’t his best game.. PG. Charlotte Hornets. KEMBA WALKER. B

MARVIN WILLIAMS. B-. After a tough start to the game, Marvelous Marvin found his rhythm and impacted the game from the perimeter. Marvin had 15 points, hitting 3-8 from the three-point line. He added 11 rebounds, giving him a solid double-double on the night.. PF. Charlotte Hornets

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C. Zeller left this game after suffering a rib contusion, and he did not return. He played just seven minutes, and did not score. He had a really tough match-up against Rudy Gobert, and had a hard time containing him during his short stint on the court.. C. Charlotte Hornets. CODY ZELLER