The Charlotte Hornets didn’t present up tonight. They regarded like a JV staff because the Pacers effortlessly dominated the sport on each ends of the ground. They struggled offensively, which has been commonplace because the season has wound down. However extra disappointingly, they didn’t present any defensive combat. They left the Pacers broad open from three early and infrequently, and once they weren’t doing that, they had been letting the Pacers minimize and drive previous them for straightforward layups.
The worst wrongdoer was PJ Washington. He gave up at the very least two uncontested layups off of inbounds passes the place he let his man saunter to the rim and not using a display screen or every other motion to problem him. He obtained again minimize various occasions in reside ball motion, and was often out of place or apathetic together with his assist protection obligations.
He was removed from alone although. LaMelo Ball was too overzealous serving to off shooters. Malik Monk obtained beat off the dribble by gamers that shouldn’t be profitable off the dribble. Rozier was a nonfactor on that finish for probably the most half.
Offensively, the Hornets hit 1 / 4 of their 3-point makes an attempt. Terry Rozier was 0-for-9 from deep whereas Devonte’ Graham was 1-for-7. Graham’s influence on offense was muted together with his struggles from exterior. Rozier tried a bit too exhausting to drive himself right into a rhythm on the expense of the Hornets offense on the entire. Ball and Miles Bridges had been passive when the sport was inside attain and did most of their injury late within the third and into the fourth quarters when the sport was already determined.
The one Hornet who performed properly was Cody Zeller. He put the clamps on Domantas Sabonis all through the primary half whereas connecting on each shot he threw on the rim. He completed with 17 factors in what may find yourself being his final recreation as a Hornet.
And so with that, the offseason begins. The Hornets have choices to make with Zeller, Bismack Biyombo, Malik Monk, Devonte’ Graham, and the Martin twins. They’ve must fill and the younger guys have a lot to construct off heading into subsequent season. It’s a brutal finish to what regarded like such a promising season, and brighter days are forward. The Hornets are constructing one thing, and we’re nonetheless on the floor stage of all of it.