After the Charlotte Hornets lost to the Washington Wizards, 108-100, Kelly Oubre Jr. didn’t hold back in his criticism of himself.
The Hornets have now lost five straight games. They are still without some key players who have been sidelined due to injury. LaMelo Ball has yet to make his regular season debut, while Gordon Hayward and Cody Martin remains out for some extended time. Despite that, the Buzz City franchise kept the game as close as they possibly could with all those components missing. Other guys have tried to hold down the fort in their absences. PJ Washington has stepped up his game. Against Washington he poured in a team-high 25 points.
Oubre was the team’s second leading scorer with 20. Nonetheless, he was not happy about the rest of his stat line.
“I only looked at the box sheet and I saw that I only had one rebound and zero assists,” Oubre said after the game.
“I’ve got to be better, straight up. I’ve got to bring more energy to the all-around game. Crash the boards, not allow myself to get blocked out and actually go get the ball. …I have energy that I can execute going and getting rebounds and make the right plays to my teammates.”
Frankly, Kelly Oubre Jr. is right. Bringing more than just scoring to the table helps boost the morale and confidence in the team. Even just a touch can help guys stay engaged on the offensive side of the ball. Eventually it could bleed into the defensive schemes that are ran as well. It will bring out more effort of the team overall. Hayward and Ball were guys that were able to stuff the stat sheet and make those more team-oriented plays. Someone else has to step up and be that go to playmaker in their absence.
Terry Rozier is capable of stepping into that role, but he is still trying to find his rhythm after missing time with an injury. Once he finds a groove again, he should be able to help this team snap this losing steak as soon as possible. The Hornets just have had bad luck since the season kicked off with all these injuries. Hopefully they hear some good news soon. Either way the grind continues with another home game against the Portland Trail Blazers on November 9th.