Let's all agree to forget that ever happened.
To put it nicely, Friday's loss to the Philadelphia 76ers was disappointing. The Hornets were coming off of one of the best seven-day stretches in recent memory: a blowout victory over the Denver Nuggets and two huge wins against the Washington Wizards.
Then that game happened.
Anything that could do wrong did. It started with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's injury. MKG was dribbling around the screen, and got bumped by a defender and fell to the ground and began clutching his right knee. It was later announced that he suffered a right hamstring strain, which is the last thing the Hornets need. Charlotte is 3-12 in games without MKG this season. Clifford said postgame that MKG will likely miss the next two games and will have a MRI on Sunday. That sound you hear is Buzz City holding its collective breath.
Anyway, the score was 38-29 Hornets when Kidd-Gilchrist left the game. Philadelphia outscored Charlotte 60-43 for the rest of the game. When he left the game, so seemingly did the Hornets' effort and hustle. They could not match the endless effort and hustle that the Sixers brought, and it showed.
The team's awful offensive output did not help at all. Yes, the Sixers are a better defensive team than most realize. But Charlotte was never able to adjust to Philadelphia's defense after the first quarter. After Al Jefferson and the Hornets dominated the Sixers inside in the first, Philadelphia began to clog the paint and dare Charlotte to beat them with jump shots. The Hornets then began settling for jumpers and stopped attacking the basket. This allowed the Sixers to get back into the game and knock Charlotte out of any kind of offensive rhythm they had.
Then there was the mistakes — the fouls, (the Sixers finished the night shooting 22-of-30 from the free throw line), the turnovers (the Hornets had 12 turnovers which led to 21 points and contributed largely to Philadelphia's 25 fast break points), the inability to hit seemingly any shot (Charlotte scored just 33 second-half points, shot 34.5% from the floor and Hornets' guards shot just 10-for-46 on the night).
It wasn't all negative, though. The Hornets had 24 assists on 29 field goals. Jeff Taylor had himself a solid night in limited playing time. Gerald Henderson had nine assists. Marvin Williams finished with 13 points, six boards, three assists, three steals and a block off the bench.
All in all, this Vine sums up the night pretty well.
Mama told me there'd be days like this. So let's all just forget this ever happened and move on. I think it's best for everyone.