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James Borrego says Malik Monk is getting confident

Malik Monk

Charlotte Hornets sophomore shooting guard Malik Monk continued his hot streak on Friday against the Memphis Grizzlies. Following the team’s 100-92 win, Hornets head coach James Borrego had nothing but good things to say about his young guard and how he has recently elevated his game.

“Marvin was great, Malik was great,” Borrego said, via ESPN. “The second half especially, just getting downhill and getting to the rim. Knocking that shot down, (Malik) is getting more and more comfortable down there. He looks really confident shooting the ball right now. So give those two guys a lot of credit.”

Monk was instrumental in the Hornets’ 100-92 win against the Grizzlies, with the 6-foot-3 guard providing an injection of firepower from the bench. The former Kentucky standout put up 20 points (on 6-of-15 from the floor), four three-pointers, three rebounds, a block, and zero turnovers in 26 minutes off the bench.

Coach Borrego’s confidence in his young guard has been rising, and Friday night was no different. Monk was asked to close out the highly-contested game against the Grizzlies, relegating starter Jeremy Lamb to just 14 minutes of action.

Over the past three contests, Monk is averaging 18.0 points (on 41.4 percent shooting), 3.5 three-pointers, 2.5 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.5 steals, and 1.0 blocks in 25.8 minutes off the bench. This streak has been enough to convince Borrego that Monk has indeed turned a corner and that he should continue to impress for the remainder of the season.

Then again, Monk has gone on similar (brief) stretches in the past, so hopefully, this is more of a permanent improvement as opposed to a temporary hot streak.