The Charlotte Hornets took a loss in their Wednesday night road tilt against the Chicago Bulls, falling by a final score of 106-88.
With the loss, the Hornets are now 3-5 and have lost four of their last five games after starting the season 2-1.
What went right for the Charlotte Hornets?
Kelly Oubre Jr. leads the way on offense
Kelly Oubre Jr. tied his season high with 24 points and did so while shooting 52.9%, also a season high. He converted on nine of his 17 field goal attempts, tying his season high for made field goals.
Oubre also set new season highs for made three-pointers (5) and made three pointers in a single quarter (3) during tonight’s game.
Jalen McDaniels had a strong all-around game
Jalen McDaniels was called upon to play heavy minutes in tonight’s contest, as his 36 minutes of action were his most since May 15, 2021, when he played 40 minutes against the New York Knicks. He also set new career highs in field goal attempts (18) and steals (5) while also tying his career high in blocks (2).
What went wrong for the Charlotte Hornets?
The injury bug bites yet again
Already playing without LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier, and Cody Martin, the Hornets suffered another blow when Gordon Hayward was ruled out to begin the second half. After playing 16 minutes in the first half, Hayward was unable to return while dealing with what was described as “left shoulder soreness”.
Hayward was Charlotte’s leading scorer entering tonight’s action, averaging 18.9 points per game. His absence would mean that the Hornets would be without three of their projected starters as well as their top backcourt reserve.
What is next for the Charlotte Hornets?
Friday, November 4th- at Memphis Grizzlies (8:00 p.m. ET)