When: 5:00 p.m. EST
How to watch: NBATV
The Hornets take on the Miami Heat this evening in their second Las Vegas Summer League game.
Charlotte will be without Malik Monk, who fractured his right thumb at the end of Friday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. While it’s unknown who will start in his place, head coach James Borrego told the Observer’s Rick Bonnell that two-way player J.P. Macura will get more playing time in Monk’s absence.
Even without Monk, the Hornets field a strong team. His injury cuts short his offseason, but we saw what we needed from Monk in game one. Now that his summer league is done, we can turn our attention to others.
Dwayne Bacon had a solid first game, but could look to be more aggressive shooting the ball moving forward. Miles Bridges and Willy Hernangomez were a handful for defenders in the post, but both shot poorly from the field. These three should see increased roles with Monk out.
Miami is led by second year pro Bam Adebayo. He played just 19 minutes though in Miami’s, 110-84, loss to the New Orleans Pelicans yesterday, finishing with nine points and four rebounds. The Heat were led in scoring by Duncan Robinson, who finished with 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting, along with six rebounds. The other notable of the roster is Rashad Vaughn, who was taken 17th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2015, but was traded twice in three days last February before being waived by the Orlando Magic.
A few things I’m looking for:
- Who steps up in Monk’s absence? I mentioned Bacon, Bridges, and Hernangomez already, but could it be Devonte Graham? He showed potential as a passer, but didn’t take a lot of shots.
- Arnoldas Kulboka had a good second half and was very comfortable the entire game. It left us with a positive first impression, but the next step is to put two good games together.
- Macura didn’t score a lot in Friday’s win, but I saw why the team likes him. He’s always trying to make the right play, his jumper looks solid enough, and he attempted to draw two charges (only successfully drawing one).