The Charlotte Hornets played their first game in the Spectrum Center Tuesday night, and the young players impressed. One of the highlights, like much of the preseason so far, was Miles Bridges and his play.
Bridges finished the game with 14 points, six rebounds and one block, going 5-9 from the field and 2-3 from the 3-point line. Another notable performance was displayed by Willy Hernangomez. He put up 16 points, ten rebounds, and four blocks in only 17 minutes of play. Yes, you read that correctly.
Finally, we get to Malik Monk, who forgot his jersey in the locker room before the game started.
malik monk was about to check in but forgot his jersey pic.twitter.com/N9u0tVBVJd— James Herbert (@outsidethenba) October 2, 2018
It’s okay Malik, it happens to the best of us.
Like the other games they have played so far this preseason, Charlotte started slowly in the first half but went on to win the game in the second half, in part due to a 31-11 run throughout the third and fourth quarter.
The only major player that was absent from Tuesday night’s game was Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who is currently in the NBA’s concussion protocol due to an injury sustained Sunday night vs. the Celtics. Again, this didn’t seem to matter, as Charlotte did just without him.
Frank Kaminsky saw a decrease in minutes, which may be due to the performance of Hernangomez and Zeller, but is more likely Kaminsky’s production. In his eight minutes of play time, Kaminsky was a lackluster 0-4 from the field and simply wasn’t impressive on defense either. It’s beginning to look like he may be the odd man out of the center rotation this season.
All in all, the Hornets should be satisfied with the squad depth Mitch Kupchak was able to create during the offseason. The Hornets will play against the Chicago Bulls on October 8th at the Spectrum Center. We’ve got six more days until more Hornets basketball, which should be a crime given it’s already October.