The Charlotte Hornets traveled to Boston to face the Celtics again for their 2nd preseason match-up. Despite an impressive performance from rookie small forward Miles Bridges, the Hornets fell short, 115-112.
Notable scratches from the game tonight were Cody Zeller, Marvin Williams, and Tony Parker, while Boston was without Al Horford. Head Coach James Borrego matched Boston’s small ball lineup by starting, Kemba Walker, Jeremy Lamb, Nic Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Willy Hernangomez.
Charlotte started out strong winning the 1st quarter, 32-24. The offense was fluid, and the ball movement was actually impressive. I’m going to assume this is Borrego’s offense starting to taking its shape. Hopefully it is a sign of what’s to come. However, the Hornets were terrible defensively in the second quarter and gave up 40 points to find themselves trailing at halftime.
The big story of this game would be centered around Hornets first round draft pick, Miles Bridges. Bridges came out on a mission, dropping 23 points on just 11 shots. He also found his range from behind the arc, shooting an impressive 4-for-6. No one could stop him and he was physically more dominant than a lot of players on the court.
It appears after two games that Bridges is showing he belongs in the rotation, and at this moment it appears it’s going to be very hard for Borrego to not give him minutes. His confidence is through the roof, and that could be a VERY good sign for this team. Let’s hope this trend continues and the Hornets got themselves the steal of the draft.
Malik Monk also showed up to the party, scoring 13 points on 5-for-12 shooting and 3-for-8 from downtown. It was incredibly efficient, but this is Monk’s game so i’m going to live with it. Monk showed great flashes of being able to score the basketball like we know he can, and as long as he can grasp some consistency he will prove to be a very dangerous offensive weapon.
Other notables from this game — Nicolas Batum didn’t stuff the stat sheet but looked good and was effective when he was on the court. Frank Kaminsky was OKAY overall but should probably never play center again. Second round pick Devonte Graham struggled to score and didn’t find the end of the net once on five attempts, however his energy and playmaking is amazing and should get some decent minutes throughout the rest of this preseason.
All in all, a good performance. Hornets next matchup is back at home against the Miami Heat on Tuesday.