The Charlotte Hornets lost to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night by a score of 114-92. Miles Bridges gave another valiant effort in the loss, accounting for 32 points on 22 shots – he is looking every bit of a max-contract player at the moment.
Charlotte Hornets takeaways: Gordon Hayward is still good, even if he’s started slow this season
Gordon Hayward has one of his better games this season – he was involved in multiple facets against the Warriors. Hayward finished with 23 points (on 15 shots), 11 rebounds, two assists, and a steal (with no turnovers). Even if he has been slow to start this season, Hayward is a proven veteran that gives the Hornets a solid half court scoring threat – one that seems to be more consistent than any other players currently on the roster.
Charlotte Hornets takeaways: Terry Rozier is not himself yet
Terry Rozier had a disastrous game against the Warriors. His stat line gives another meaning to his nickname ‘Scary Terry’ – he totaled five points on 12 shots, six rebounds, two assists, and three turnovers. Frankly, Rozier has to be better – especially after signing a four-year, nearly-$100 million extension to remain in Charlotte this offseason. While I’m willing to withhold judgement as Rozier has been recovering from an ankle injury as of late – that won’t be the case for much longer.
Charlotte Hornets takeaways: The rotation seems to be set at nine players
Head coach James Borrego seems to have a set rotation of nine players – it includes: Ball, Rozier, Bridges, Hayward, Plumlee, Washington, Oubre, Smith, and Martin. When one of those nine players is out, Jalen McDaniels is probably the man that steps in. After that, Nick Richards. James Bouknight is pretty buried in the rotation – although that’s a good problem to have given just how good Ish Smith and Cody Martin have been to begin this season. Allowing the rookie(s) to learn behind experienced veterans rather than being thrown into the fire is never a bad thing – and faith should be put in the Hornets developmental staff.
The Hornets’ next game is against the Sacramento Kings on Friday night. Perhaps another ‘Miracle after midnight’ is in the cards.