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Charlotte Hornets: 4 reasons for a hot 4-1 start

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 24: LaMelo Ball #2 of the Charlotte Hornets in action against the Brooklyn Nets during a game at Barclays Center on October 24, 2021 in New York City. "nNOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 24: LaMelo Ball #2 of the Charlotte Hornets in action against the Brooklyn Nets during a game at Barclays Center on October 24, 2021 in New York City. "nNOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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Miles Bridges, Charlotte Hornets (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Miles Bridges, Charlotte Hornets (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /

Charlotte Hornets reason #1: Miles Bridges is feeling himself

In my preseason predictions I said Miles Bridges was going to win MIP, but so far this season he has been playing more like an MVP candidate.

In five games Bridges is averaging 26 points and 8 rebounds on 53/40/91 splits.  He already has three games with 30 plus points.

Bridges has looked unstoppable so far. He bodies his way to the basket and if you step off him he’ll knock down the jumper.

"“He’s a matchup problem,” head coach James Borrego said. “And this is why we’ve put him in this position. And he earned that position. We haven’t just handed him over these minutes. He’s put himself in this position. He’s worked on his shot, he’s worked on his playmaking. We saw this towards the end of last season. And now we are just seeing it at a more consistently high level."

Bridges has shown flashes of this type of play before. Last season when injuries caught up to the team, Bridges stepped up and carried a massive load offensively.

This season, Bridges has shown that it was no fluke. He credits his teammates for setting him up with good looks.

"“I kind of felt like this last year at the end of the season. But like I said, my teammates are doing a great job of finding me, coach is doing a good job of drawing stuff up for me. I just want to continue to keep playing hard.” Bridges said."

If Bridges keeps this up he will definitely be in MIP consideration and the Hornets will be in a good position come playoff time.