Buzz City Beat: Why the Charlotte Hornets are Fading, Kemba’s Nightmare Game
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The Charlotte Hornets dropped their sixth consecutive game as they fell to the Golden State Warriors on the second night of a back to back. In this edition of Buzz City Beat, we look at why the team’s fading, Kemba Walker‘s nightmare game, and how the franchise will honor Kemba’s All-Star selection.
“One would think a top-10 defense would be enough to make a team competitive. However for a team with an average offense, it’s not nearly enough. If Charlotte really wants to be a serious threat in the East, their defensive performance has to be elite not just good. And frankly, picking things up on defense is probably more likely than their offense suddenly jumping a notch” (FanSided.com)
According to the article, the Hornets have lost a number of close games during their slump. It also doesn’t help that while Charlotte’s trending down, their division rivals in the Washington Wizards and the Atlanta Hawks are both on the way up. Being absolutely terrible on the road hasn’t helped their causes either. Not to mention, Cody Zeller has been out for some time. It’s just a laundry list of problems for them at this point.
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“Kemba Walker finished Wednesday’s blowout loss to the Warriors with a season-low seven points on 1-of-5 FGs and 5-of-5 FTs. Walker added four assists with three turnovers in just 25 minutes of action, and we can unequivocally call this his worst game of the season. On the defensive end of the court, Kemba had to watch Steph Curry drop 39 points with 11 triples tonight. We’ll give him a pass since it was the second half of a back-to-back set, against a surging Warriors team, and he’s usually far more reliable.” (RotoWorld.com)
For the first time this season, Kemba was a complete non-factor for the Hornets. It was the first time all year that he was held under 10 points. It didn’t help that his counterpart in Stephen Curry went off. Plus, it was a bad game to have his worst outing of the season. Still, Walker should be able to easily bounce back from this off game.
“The Charlotte Hornets plan to honor Kemba Walker’s selection as an NBA All-Star during their Feb. 11 home game against the Los Angeles Clippers.” (CharlotteObserver.com)
February 11th will be quite the night for Charlotte Hornets/ Kemba Walker fans. The team will hold a social media contest before the game, Kemba will be presented with an All-Star jersey prior to tip-off, and the first 7,500 fans will get a Walker “starting lineup” figurine, along with a few other things. It will definitely be LIT or should I say, CharLIT.