It is time for Charlotte Hornets management to contemplate a new path, because the 2017-18 season is in a crater. The Hornets are 11-20, about six games out of even qualifying to be road kill for the Boston Celtics or Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the playoffs. It isn’t just the record, it’s the lethargy. This was supposed to be the best last chance for this team to find itself: Six of seven at home before a West Coast trip. They have already lost three of those four home games. This is not how salvation looks. How do you like their chances in a home-and-home series Friday and Saturday night against the Milwaukee Bucks? How do you like their chances next Wednesday against the East-leading Celtics? They lost to the Raptors 129-111 Wednesday. That 18-point margin doesn’t convey how bad this was. I covered the then-Bobcats’ 7-59 season, and this one had that wretched feel. The Raptors outscored the Hornets 41-21 in the second quarter. Toronto, a team not known for 3-point shooting, made six of nine from the arc in those 12 minutes. Had Jeremy Lamb not scored 14 of his career-high 32 points in that quarter, the Hornets would have trailed at halftime by 40. No one but Lamb played particularly well for the home team Wednesday, but Nic Batum stuck out in the opposite direction. In 26 minutes, Batum scored zero points. He took one shot.
Charlotte Hornets’ season has cratered. Just what is Plan B?
Charlotte Observer | Dec 21