Terry Rozier was almost able to carry the Charlotte Hornets to a win Monday night (mostly by himself), but they would ultimately fall in overtime to the Chicago Bulls by a final score of 119-112.
Rozier scored 39 points on 10 of 18 from the floor (7-13 3PT) while converting all 12 free throw attempts and assisting on eight other baskets. 21 of Rozier's points came during the second half, but was held scoreless during the overtime period, missing his only two field goal attempts (both from three-point range).
Performances like that of Rozier are something that the Hornets cannot afford to waste in their current state. Miles Bridges was able to contribute his fair share of points Monday night (24). It was just not enough to make up for the general lack of scoring of everyone else. Nick Smith Jr. and Nick Richards were able to chip in 15 and 10 points, but everyone else was held to single digits, including five players being held to four points or less, including two starters (Brandon Miller's 4 points and Bryce McGowens' 3).
This has to be incredibly frustrating for all parties involved, with an increased amount of frustration coming from Rozier. The 29-year-old veteran has eclipsed the 30-point barrier in three of his last four games. Unfortunately, the Hornets have only come out victorious in one of those contests, January 2nd's win over the Sacramento Kings that ended an 11-game losing streak with Rozier scoring 34 points in the contest.
There is going to come a time, and it should be rather soon, that the Hornets do right by Rozier and any other veteran player of interest (Gordon Hayward) and get them on to a contending team. It has to be incredibly deflating for someone like Rozier, who is putting together impressive performances, and it still is not enough to carry the current version of the Hornets to a win. It would be in everyone's best interest to find new teams for players like Rozier and Hayward while allowing the organization to do the roster reset they are desperately in need of.