The Hornets were supposed to win this game. A 1-11 Cavaliers team reeling after the departure of Lebron James, firing of Tyronn Lue and injury to Kevin Love were supposed to be slight work for a Charlotte squad that has shown lots of promise this season. But sometimes you just have a bad night and that’s what happened Tuesday in Quicken Loans Arena where Cleveland defeated the Hornets 113-89.
The Cavs started the game fast - putting up 38 points in the first quarter and beating the Hornets in every statistical category. Besides a couple of Hornets runs that challenged Cleveland, Charlotte would never pull within 10 points for the remainder of the game.
“We didn’t come out with the right mentality or right aggressiveness,” head coach James Borrego said after the game. “We missed a lot of shots. That didn’t help. We let them get comfortable. They got going early, made some shots. They got the confidence and we did not.”
Things were so bad for Charlotte that Kemba Walker, who had missed his first 5 shots and was scoreless at the time, decided that a 2nd quarter shoe change may be the catalyst to a Hornets run and improved play by him. It didn’t work. The Hornets’ leading scorer finished with 7 points on 2-16 from the floor.
Sometimes you just have a bad game (Charlotte shot 35% from the floor and was 8-41 from behind the arc). It happens to the best of them. You just hope your opposing team is struggling as well. It didn’t work out that way for the Hornets tonight, but Coach Borrego says this loss and three game-less days should give them the fuel and preparation time needed when they host Philly Saturday.
“Hopefully this gives us some fire for next game. There wasn’t a whole lot of good out there tonight. We have a lot to work on and we’ll do that when we get back together in Charlotte.”