“It sure looked like the Dallas Mavericks did the Charlotte Hornets a favor Monday by going small in the fourth quarter. The Mavericks lost center Andrew Bogut early in this game to a knee injury, and might not have had much choice. That allowed the Hornets to keep their midsized offensive players on the court during a 109-101 victory at American Airlines Center. The only Hornets big man on the floor, Cody Zeller, blocked a driving layup by Deron Williams in the last minute. That set up Jeremy Lamb with a 3-pointer to spread Charlotte’s lead to six with 13.5 seconds left.” (CharlotteObserver.com)
It sure wasn’t pretty but Charlotte got the job done and came out with a win. The two games against Dallas this season have been ugly but the Hornets have been lucky enough or good enough to come out on top. It was surprising to see Steve Clifford go with a bit of small ball at the end of the game because we haven’t seen him do it that much so far this year. The success of the smaller unit may result in them getting more game action together going forward.
“Marco Belinelli came off the bench to score 16 on 5 of 9 shooting as the Hornets bounced back a from loss to Minnesota Timberwolves.” (spin.ph)
The Italian international might be the Hornets’ second most consistent player this season. His play with the second unit has been very important to the team’s success as he is a constant contributor. Marco is shooting a career-high 44.6% from the three-point line and it is quite incredible how well he’s played after a down season last year.
“Despite the fact that Lamb has not seen more than 23 minutes in a game this week, he was able to provide the Charlotte Hornets with a unique scoring option. On Monday Nov. 28, Lamb shot 7-11 from the field, including two three-pointers, and a total of 21 points against the Memphis Grizzlies. What made this performance special was his ability to score that amount of points in only 23 minutes. Lamb was also able to snag nine rebounds in the 104-85 win. Walker has been having a phenomenal season so far and this week has not been different. The Hornets star is averaging 23.8 points per game, which is higher than his career average of 17.7, and 5.1 assists per game.”(DailyCampus.com)
After winning the 2011 NCAA National Championship at UCONN, Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb have had different career paths but with both of them now in Charlotte, the Hornets are reaping the rewards. The game against the Dallas Mavericks, where each player played a big hand in the win, just exemplifies how successful the team can be with both Walker and Lamb playing well. Hopefully, the college connection can continue to produce in the NBA.