The Charlotte Hornets struggled heavily shooting the ball from the field as they fell just short at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-107. Kemba Walker and Malik Monk both dropped 21 points but it wasn’t enough as the Thunder fought back in the 4th quarter to take command of the game.
As with almost every lost this season, the blame can be directly pointed to Charlotte’s poor shooting efficiency from the field. The Hornets shot a very poor 40.9% and an abysmal 26.8% from three. Oklahoma City didn’t shoot that well either as they finished 42.7% from the field and an even worse 21.6% from three.
The story remains the same for the Hornets. Kemba, struggled shooting the ball tonight, and the rest of the same suffered because of it. Outside of Monk and Tony Parker -17 points on 12 shots- it seems as if no one can string together a positive offensive possession if Kemba isn’t on the floor. We saw flashes of Miles Bridges shine, but still too minimal of a role to really get going offensively.
This game truly came down to who wanted it more, and the answer to that question was Russell Westbrook. At one point during the third quarter, Westbrook was shooting 4-14. Next thing I knew, he had 29 points at the end of the game. Paul George struggled 4 of 20, 0 of 10 from three so the dirty work came from Alex Abrines and Dennis Schroeder who aided Westbrook with 25 and 21 points respectively.
Hornets still have some work to do. They take on the Cleveland Cavaliers at home Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.