Charlotte Hornets: Walker and Lamb play well in loss to Houston Rockets

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

Despite a good game for some players, the Charlotte Hornets were not able to pull off a win in Upton on Wednesday night.

The Charlotte Hornets had a big game from two players on Wednesday night, but they were still unable to pull off the win against the Houston Rockets. This was a back and forth game, and the Hornets had many opportunities to pull away for a victory.

After being down by more than ten points, the Hornets would come back and blow a lead of their own that they built up. After the final buzzer sounded, the final score ended up being 118-113.

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Kemba Walker had a hot first half, only missing one shot and ending up with twenty-seven points at the end of the second quarter.

Walker’s scoring slowed down in the second half, and he ended up finishing the game with thirty-five points.

While Walker was handling the load with the starting unit, the bench also had a superstar of their own on Wednesday night.

While Jeremy Lamb is technically the sixth man of the team, he did not let coming off the bench stop him from reaching his scoring average.

Lamb finished the game with a double-double; he achieved a stat line of 18 points, 14 rebounds, and 6 assists. He was so close to getting his first triple-double of his career, but he could just not find those last four assists toward the end of the game.

In this game, Walker would also reach the two-hundred mark for three-pointers made, making this the third season that he has reached this feat. Walker is also currently the first person in the Eastern Conference this season to reach this two-hundred mark.

This game had a lot of potential for the Hornets, but it is just disappointing to see them drop a third straight game that was winnable. Losing games like this just continues to hurt the Hornets’ playoff odds.

At this point, there is not really much that Coach James Borrego can do, unless he wants to explore another roster change. After the game, Borrego took responsibility for the loss on Wednesday.

Borrego claimed that he needed to “figure out what to do with the second unit, staggering guys, that’s the challenge.” The only thing that could help Charlotte, is if they put a struggling bench player in the starting lineup. This could potentially balance out the starting and bench units.

The Hornets could also explore the option of letting another bench player get some minutes. Bench players that could be given minutes are Frank Kaminsky and Dwayne Bacon. Both of these players have barely played this season.

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The Charlotte Hornets will be on the road to play again on Friday against the Brooklyn Nets. After falling to the Nets last Saturday in questionable fashion, the Hornets should be hungry for a revenge win.