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James Borrego credits Hornets defense for recent success

James Borrego

First-year NBA head coach James Borrego is very proud of his Charlotte Hornets at the moment.

While Charlotte has had a rocky season thus far into the latest NBA campaign, the Hornets are now 5-2 over the team’s last seven games — a stretch that Borrego is attributing to the franchise’s success on the defensive end of the floor.

“It’s an overall physicality and effort, and I think our young guys are making strides defensively,” Borrego recently told the Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer. “I’ll put Billy [Hernangomez] in that group, and Miles and Malik [Monk] as well. That has helped our second unit to defend.

“We’ve been a more disruptive team and a more disciplined team — we understand what we’re trying to do on a schematic basis. We’re not making as many mental mistakes.”

However, this hasn’t always been the case for the up-and-down Hornets in 2018-19.

“We know we are going to score. .We just have to make stops,” Parker told the Charlotte Observer back on January 14th. “Our defense is not like together [often enough]. Some guys will play with energy here and there, but we have to play with energy all five together. Everybody on the same page.

“That’s what we’re missing the most. If we can do that more over 48 minutes, we have a great chance to be in every game.”

As it stands today, the Hornets sit at a nearly even 24-25 on the season, a mark that is currently good for eighth in the Eastern Conference standings.