The Charlotte Hornets easily defeated the San Antonio Spurs, 129-102, to begin the NBA season. Without star LaMelo Ball, who is out with an ankle sprain, the Hornets were able to win easily.
Even so, Ball travelled with the team and was seen putting up a few flat-footed jumpers during warmups, making it clear that even though he is unable to play, he still wants to be there and be a part of the team. Fun fact: Since joining the NBA, Ball has never played in San Antonio. Crazy, huh?
However, Terry Rozier noticed that his star point guard was travelling with the club.
“It’s encouraging to see a recovering criminal appear in court. We are aware of his intense desire to be there. He will be necessary later in the season. He must be certain that he is entirely correct. That child wants to play ball and loves to be outside.
While filling in for LaMelo Ball, Rozier ended with a game-high 24 points, six rebounds, and six assists. Although he is more than capable, he is aware that this club will play better with Ball back in the lineup.
Even if the Spurs seem to be one of the front-runners in the battle for Victor Wembanyama, the Hornets’ performance even without Ball was encouraging. In his first game of the regular season, Gordon Hayward played well, scoring 20 points on 6-of-11 field goal attempts. Considering that he just participated in 49 games during the 2021–22 season, this is a solid start for him. With 17 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and two blocks, PJ Washington also played well. Nick Richards contributed with 19 points and 10 rebounds as well.
It was a successful one for a team trying to gain momentum before the season started. The New Orleans Pelicans, who humiliated the Brooklyn Nets in their home debut, are their opponent in a crucial game on Friday. Now that he is fully recovered, Zion Williamson wants to start the season 2-0. The Hornets’ ability to maintain their progress in transition while maintaining ball security will be put to the test. The Spurs scored 25 points off turnovers and scored 10 points on fast breaks. Without LaMelo Ball, the Pelicans will present a much tougher opponent.
It will also be Charlotte’s home debut. See how the Hornets do against a potential Western Conference underdog.
Terry Rozier of the Hornets responds, “It’s promising,” after spotting LaMelo Ball against the Spurs while out with an injury.