For a short second, the lights inside Spectrum Center flickered off as Dallas’ Jalen Brunson dribbled alongside the baseline throughout the second quarter, inflicting a short stoppage in play.
Even although the downside was corrected in a split-second and play shortly resumed, maybe it was an indication. Because there’s little doubt the Charlotte Hornets have been most likely about as prepared as nearly everybody to end up the lights on an injury-riddled, irritating preseason.
Missing Gordon Hayward, Terry Rozier and Kelly Oubre in their final exhibition tuneup, they obtained two extra temporary scares when Miles Bridges and PJ Washington every left the 127-59 loss to Dallas on Wednesday. Bridges exited in the first half with proper knee discomfort after showing to collide with a defender and didn’t return. Washington dislocated his left center finger and was accessible to return.
That was about the lone shiny spot in an in any other case forgettable outing: neither damage appears severe. Here are three things we learned about the Hornets in their preseason finale:
THEY FINALLY GET MASE’D
After lacking the bulk of the previous week as a consequence of the NBA’s well being and security protocols, Mason Plumlee was in motion against Dallas and received in a reasonably prolonged run.
He was the lone starter to play in the second half as Borrego elected to offer LaMelo Ball and Bridges the remainder of the night off. Keeping Plumlee on the ground was a necessity in Borrego’s eyes so Plumlee may work himself into enjoying form. He didn’t even try his first shot till he had already logged seven minutes, this after failing to hoist even one subject objective against Oklahoma City in quarter-hour throughout the Hornets’ preseason opener.
A putback off a James Bouknight miss was his preliminary made bucket with the Hornets and he posted 4 factors and 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. Get used to it. Plumlee shouldn’t be a high-volume man.
“That’s the beauty in Mason,” Borrego stated. “He doesn’t need shots to be productive. He’s been an unselfish player his whole career. He’s a playmaker out of that position. Adding another playmaker to the depth of our offense and playmaking is important. That’s why we valued him. I don’t think Mase is so concerned with his shots. None of our players should be. For us to be the best team and the depth of our success will be in the team, not on who’s taking shots that night.
“Whatever the defense gives us is what we’re going to take. And I love that about Mase. He’s not so concerned there. He’s a playmaker and a lot of times we’re going to put the ball in his hands at the top of the floor, and he’s going to make plays for other people. He’s another big who can roll to the rim and score at that level, and we’re going to need his interior presence at times to score at the rim.”
OUBRE CLOSE, ROZIER STILL IFFY
The hometown followers have but to get an up-close view of Kelly Oubre sporting the teal-and-white. He missed his third straight recreation with a sprained proper ankle and has been sidelined for greater than per week.
Apparently, he’s inching slowly alongside and may very well be able to get again on the market quickly.
“I would say Kelly is closest right now,” Borrego stated. “I wish we had a practice today where he could go full. He’d be a full go today if we were able to practice and take a look at him. We’ve just got to get him in some practices right now. But I’m hopeful to get him back for Friday practice.”
Rozier’s standing stays murky and his availability for Wednesday’s season opener against Indiana is unsure. He sprained his proper ankle in observe on Saturday, and Borrego stated there’s some tenderness. There is not any definitive timeline for his or her veteran chief’s return.
“Terry’s just day-to-day,” Borrego stated. “This ankle, everybody’s ankle responds differently. We’ve seen guys go from one day to the next, and have great recovery and just feel better with these ankles. Terry, I just don’t know. It’s still a little sore and we are trying to figure him out. I’m hopeful a week from now we have both guys in the lineup, and there is a chance we will have both. I can’t say for sure.”
In the ultimate alternative to make use of recreation motion as an analysis software to find out their place battle, the edge went to Cody Martin over rookie Bouknight.
They every convey a special look to the lineup and have each had their moments all through the first video games over the previous two weeks. Receiving the beginning nod in place of Rozier for the second straight recreation, Martin registered one other stable efficiency with 11 factors and 6 rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes, draining 5-of-9 pictures. That type of manufacturing is a bonus for him.
His specialty is on the reverse finish of the ground.
“Cody obviously gives us more defense,” Borrego stated. “Cody Martin’s probably our most pound-for-pound perimeter defender. He can guard multiple positions.”
Although he missed his first 5 makes an attempt against the Mavericks and posted simply 12 factors on 4-of-13 capturing, Bouknight has proven he can fill it up. That may give him a bonus over Martin relying on the state of affairs the Hornets discover themselves in.
“Bouk’s got more offense,” Borrego stated. “He’s younger, he’s learning the game, learning the NBA game. Learning our system. But as we’ve seen in these preseason games, he can go score one-on-one. On his own, he can just go score. You need that in this league. We are going to have to find production. What I have to figure out is based on what we have in the lineup, do we have enough offense and where do we go?
“Is that a Bouk conversation? Is that a Cody conversation? And from night to night I’m just going to have to make a call, and my hope is they sort it out for me. Both have played well to put that pressure on me. So we’ll figure it out.”