The Charlotte Hornets have struggled to piece wins together as of late. They dropped another game to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night, as they could not figure out a way to contain DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine.
The Hornets also seem to fizzle out in the second quarter of games. After a solid start, the Hornets were outscored by the Bulls in the second frame by 14 points, 30-16. Those dry periods just can’t happen in the NBA, especially for a young team.
Hornets coach James Borrego chimed in on their droughts during games.
“In the second quarter, we just went dry. Turnovers and poor shots led to easy stuff going the other way. Feels like there’s a three to four to minute span where we lose our way offensively. We’ll be alright, just got to keep plugging away,” said Borrego.
Losing games is never easy for any team in the NBA. However, young squads struggle to bounce back, mainly because the morale is down. The Hornets, however, aren’t really too down on themselves, according to LaMelo Ball when asked about the mood of the locker room.
“I think we’re good. After the game, we were all in the locker room just talking. Pretty much just moving forward, we can’t dwell on the past. All this losing and we’re still .500. We got a lot more basketball left to play and we can turn this thing around real quick,” said LaMelo.
There is still plenty of optimism brewing in Charlotte. Despite being in the ninth spot in the Eastern Conference, the team is still in the play-in tournament at this point. The Hornets are only five games out of the sixth seed, and they just need to pick up the slack and stay together as a unit.
Kelly Oubre Jr. put it best when he sounded off on the team’s struggles.
“No one wants to lose six games in a row, but we understand it’s a learning experience for us. We have to take it one day at a time. We have to be more mindful that we can’t keep dropping these games. We have to come into games knowing that we’re the underdog,” said Oubre.
They got a lot of work to do, but it’s not impossible. The Hornets have plenty of time to get it right, but they need to move with a sense of urgency.