Terry Rozier speaks out on ‘special’ days ahead for Hornets after thrashing Timberwolves
Everything that could have went well for the Hornets seemed to fall into place. Gordon Hayward was made available after missing two straight games on the road and he did not miss a beat, pouring in 23 points and nine assists. It’s also the case for Rozier, who finished with a game-high 31 points after going 6-of-12 from 3-point land.
The Hornets posted a solid 3-3 record during their six-game road trip on the west coast.
LaMelo Ball also stuffed the stat sheet per usual with 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Before the game, Ball was selected to the Rising stars roster.
For what it’s worth, Ball has accomplished a ton just before the break: he was the youngest player in NBA history with a triple-double and the third-youngest player in NBA history to record 30 points, five rebounds and five assists in a game–only behind LeBron James and Kevin Durant. He also took home a pair of rookie of the month awards in this young season, so expect a lot more to come in the second half.
Just like every other organization, the Hornets are looking forward to getting some rest with the All-Star break approaching. Hornets head coach James Borrego said: “It has been a grueling start to the season, both mentally and physically. The guys have been giving me their best efforts every single night and now they need a little break.”
As a head coach, Borrego has done a fantastic job putting his guys in the right place to succeed. Giving his players a full week off will do wonders for them, especially for a guy like Devonte’ Graham who has missed an ample amount of time due to injury. PJ Washington suffered from an ankle injury in the win over the Timberwolves and could really use the break as well.
Moreover, as Rozier noted, he could use a little R&R, too. Rozier is putting up career highs in points, field goal percentage, and 3-point field goal percentage this campaign.
“We all need this break,” Terry Rozier said. “We all just need a couple days away from one another to disconnect, but when we get back together it’s going to be special.”
With the win over the Timberwolves, the Hornets improved to 17-18 for the seventh spot out East. The Miami Heat also share the same record and are at the sixth spot, so moving up along the ladder is an obtainable goal for the team.
No one from the Charlotte squad selected for any of the festivities taking place in Atlanta, so everyone should be able to focus on getting physically and mentally prepared for the second half of an odd year in basketball. However, some normalcy will return, as fans will be permitted to attend games again on March 13th against the Pistons.
Hopefully, the Hornets have a little more motivation to come back from the break stronger with the support of the home fans.