Where: Spectrum Center; Charlotte, NC
When: 7:00 p.m. EST
How to watch: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass
The Charlotte Hornets look to bounce back against the Sacramento Kings after a crushing loss to the Miami Heat on Saturday.
Despite a 10 point lead heading into the fourth quarter, the Hornets couldn’t find a way to get past the Heat and lost in the most crushing way possible. With 37 seconds to go in regulation, the Hornets let a five point lead evaporate. After a layup, poor execution on the inbounds pass led to a game tying 3-pointer.
After that, Dwight Howard fouled Kelly Olynyk with 0.2 seconds to go leading to the winning free throw. In the end, it was a yet another crushing blow to the Hornets fading playoff hopes. With all of the trade speculation surrounding not only Kemba Walker but every member of the starting five, this was a way they could’ve made a statement to not only the fans, but themselves as well.
Despite the crushing loss, the season goes on. Charlotte takes on the Sacramento Kings tonight in the Spectrum Center. They are led by the ageless Zach Randolph who continues to produce solid numbers. They also have a lot of young talent like De’Aaron Fox and Bogdan Bogdanovic.
Kemba Walker continues to be the Hornets MVP this season and Dwight Howard has been solid this season. Nicolas Batum continues to be inconsistent along with the bench. Another close game haunted the Hornets in defeat the last time out. It will take a good effort to win even against a struggling Kings team.
Overall, the response of the entire roster will be observed closely in this game. After losing in such a tough fashion, the team has to pick themselves back up and continue to get better. The focus from Steve Clifford should be that they should take things one game at a time and even one quarter at a time. We will see what happens when the Hornets take on the Kings in the Spectrum Center.