Another bad four quarter cost the Charlotte Hornets at home on Saturday. A 101-91 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder means that they’ve begun an important stretch of home games with a 1-2 record. Now, Charlotte hits the road to take on the Detroit Pistons in a Martin Luther King Jr. day matchup. The early start time could play a factor, but in the end the Hornets have to get a win in this game.
The first time these two teams met was on opening night, a 102-90 loss for the Hornets in Detroit. Tobias Harris torched the Hornets for 27 points in the opening night game. He has continued to sustain the scoring for the Pistons as he is the teams leading scorer. However, things will be a little bit different because Reggie Jackson is out with an ankle injury he suffered a few weeks ago.
Kemba Walker continues to lead the Hornets in scoring, while Dwight Howard continues to have a good season. However, Nicolas Batum has continued to be underwhelming. He isn’t performing up to the contract that he was given in the 2016 off-season. They will need a big game from him and the Hornets bench to get a win in Detroit.
There are many questions about the state of the Hornets franchise with the trade deadline looming. Every big NBA writer has been talking about Kemba Walker potentially getting traded from Charlotte. In addition to that, fans are wondering if Malik Monk and/or Dwayne Bacon will get their chance to play. Monk did play against OKC and finished with 5 points.
Overall, the direction of the Hornets will be determined with this next stretch of games. After facing the Pistons, Charlotte will return home for a five-game home stand against some really good teams. Nonetheless, the matchup between Dwight Howard and Andre Drummond will likely play a factor in who wins the game on Monday. We will see if the Hornets can finally right the ship.