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The moment of truth for the Hornets? | NBA

Firmly installed in the Top 8 of the Eastern Conference for several weeks, the Hornets have been in the hard for ten days. Defeated by the Hawks, the Raptors, the Clippers and then the Celtics, James Borrego’s men are taking the hit as All-Star Weekend approaches. Only their two victories against the Pacers then against the Lakers allowed them to breathe.

Still “playoffable”, the Charlotte players must however recover quickly, because their upcoming schedule will not be easy, with confrontations planned (all at home) against the Cavaliers, the Heat, the Raptors and the Bulls.

Suffice to say that the next few days look like a moment of truth for LaMelo Ball’s teammates…

Everyone wants to make the playoffs and it’s very tight right now. It’ll probably be until the end“, recognized the 20-year-old leader, author of his new career points record last night (38 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists), but who could not avoid the defeat of his family, in Massachusetts.

A defeat conceded at the cost of a “money-time” rather poorly controlled by the Hornets, tied (107-107) one minute from the end, but then dominated in experience by more killer and better organized Celtics in hot times.

We have to take what the defense gives us “, explained LaMelo Ball, concerning the last minute missed by his team, which conceded a 6-0 there. ” I have the feeling that we looked a little too much for the 3-pts, whether it was with PJ [Washington] or with me. Maybe we could have had a better shooting position, or attacked the circle, I don’t know. But we’ll bounce back, watch it on video and go again [au travail].

A group still in the learning phase

Inevitably disappointed by the outcome of this confrontation against Boston, the more experienced Terry Rozier knows that such defeats can only advance the young group of Charlotte. A group that must try to get as close as possible to the level of application of the C’s in the “money-time”, if it wants to hope to reach the playoffs.

However, “Scary Terry” does not have time to dwell on failures and he is already looking to the rest of the events.

It will be such difficult battles [qu’hier soir], everyone will fight for a place [dans le Top 8] “, he estimated, about this dantesque race to the Top 8 in the East. ” We’re already looking forward to our matchups with Miami, Detroit, Cleveland and those kinds of teams. We will try to remain aggressive, hoping not to miss us [sur la fin] like [hier soir].

Invited to speak on this regained competitiveness of the Eastern Conference, where now each defeat can be expensive and where a negative balance sheet is no longer enough to qualify for the playoffs, James Borrego wants above all to be positive about it, rather than to worry about it.

I would love for us to be 10 games ahead of everyone else, but that’s not the case “conceded the coach of the Hornets. ” But that’s what it is. The East has improved, there is more depth and with the trade deadline approaching it can make it even more exciting. It’s a great thing for our league, for our team. We’re gonna have to fight and deserve [cette place en playoffs], because no one is going to give it to us. And that can only make us better.

Shots Bounces
Players GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Early pd bp Int CT party Points
Miles Bridges 49 35.9 48.8 31.8 78.6 1.2 6.1 7.3 3.5 1.8 1.1 0.9 2.6 20.2
Lamelo Ball 44 32.2 42.3 35.7 88.2 1.6 5.6 7.2 7.7 3.0 1.5 0.5 3.0 19.5
terry rozier 42 32.7 43.1 37.3 80.4 0.6 3.5 4.1 4.0 1.2 1.2 0.4 1.4 18.2
Gordon Hayward 45 33.1 47.1 39.7 84.6 0.8 3.9 4.7 3.7 1.7 1.0 0.5 1.8 17.0
Kelly Oubre, Jr. 45 28.0 45.5 37.1 66.1 1.0 2.9 4.0 1.2 1.0 1.2 0.3 2.5 16.7
Pj Washington 34 23.7 43.7 38.7 72.9 1.3 3.9 5.2 2.1 1.4 0.7 1.0 2.5 9.7
Cody Martin 46 27.5 46.0 42.7 66.7 1.3 3.0 4.3 2.6 0.8 1.3 0.5 1.8 8.1
mason plumlee 42 25.1 63.7 0.0 33.7 2.4 5.0 7.4 2.9 1.3 0.9 0.7 3.0 6.8
Jalen Mcdaniels 39 17.6 49.2 37.2 67.4 0.7 2.7 3.5 1.1 0.8 0.5 0.4 1.8 6.6
james bouknight 24 10.4 36.8 34.1 85.2 0.7 0.9 1.6 0.8 0.4 0.2 0.0 0.9 5.0
Ish Smith 34 14.0 39.5 41.7 63.2 0.3 1.3 1.5 2.6 1.0 0.6 0.3 1.0 4.6
Nick Richards 37 8.3 67.5 0.0 74.3 0.8 1.3 2.0 0.3 0.5 0.2 0.5 1.2 3.5
Jt Thor 15 8.5 34.4 25.0 70.0 0.4 0.9 1.3 0.5 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.9 2.3
Vernon Carey, Jr. 4 4.2 50.0 0.0 66.7 0.8 0.5 1.2 0.0 0.2 0.2 0.0 0.2 2.0
Kai Jones 16 2.9 66.7 50.0 25.0 0.1 0.4 0.5 0.2 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.9
Scottie Lewis 2 3.3 0.0 0.0 50.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.5
Arnoldas Kulboka 1 2.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

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