Charlotte Hornets: Looking back at Terry Rozier’s best game

Charlotte Hornets Terry Rozier. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
Charlotte Hornets Terry Rozier. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /

Many questioned the Charlotte Hornets picking up Terry Rozier, but he proved to be a very valuable player during the regular season. Let’s take a look at one of his better performances.

It’s looking more and more like the Charlotte Hornets‘ season is over. As the weeks roll on and the NBA is still mulling over what to do with the remainder of this season, half the league may end up beginning to prepare for next year.

If that’s the case, this past season wasn’t a great one for the purple and teal, but there were some highlights here and there. Terry Rozier had a few of his own in his first season in Charlotte and the fifth-year guard out of Louisville quelled the worries of some fans who questioned the organization bringing him in.

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He’s shown some brilliance throughout the year and alongside fellow guard, Devonte’ Graham, has become a piece of one of the more underrated backcourts in the Eastern Conference. Together, they provided much of the scoring for a team that some might say overachieved during the shortened season.

So, while we wait for any kind of news from the league about what’s going to happen, let’s take a look back at one of Rozier’s best games. There are a few from which to choose, but one fairly recent game stands out.

On March 9th, the Charlotte Hornets headed down south to battle their division rivals, the Atlanta Hawks, in the State Farm Arena. With neither team really in contention for a playoff spot, the two teams were playing simply for pride.

Although they would end up losing in overtime, 143-138, Terry Rozier was very much a highlight of that game, dropping a career-high 40 points on 15-26 shooting, including making 8-13 from behind the arc.

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He also went 2-3 at the free-throw line, nabbed four rebounds, and dished out three assists. That’s not a bad stat line to have on the road in what is usually a pretty hostile environment. I just wish it had resulted in a win, but many of the best personal performances from Charlotte players have been in losses.

I’ll admit, I wasn’t sure what to think of Terry Rozier when the team traded for him. I knew he was talented and would be a key part of the Hornets’ gameplan, but he had big shoes to fill in replacing Kemba Walker. So far, he’s done a great job in doing that and has proven he’s a team player.

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If the Hornets are done for the year, then I can’t wait to see what Terry can do next season. If he can have a few more performances as he had in Atlanta, then Charlotte Hornets basketball is going to be fun for the foreseeable future.