Terry Rozier performed Friday when the Charlotte Hornets defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 120-114 at the Spectrum Center.
Rozier scored 41 points on 13 of 20 shots, including 6 of 10 from distance. The huge point total came in a 34-point game against the Memphis Grizzlies he played last Wednesday, which ended in a loss to Charlotte. We can say that Rozier prefers to have a great night, score a goal in basketball and win.
Despite these great nights, Rozier had the most praise for his teammates with the Hornets and his work ethic.
“Having teammates and coaches that allow me to be special and play my game. They deserve all the credit. I’m just here training, working all summer, and it’s like pure training for me,” shared Terry Rozier.
Hornets head coach James Borrego also acknowledged Rozier’s impact in the victory.
“He was huge, I mean, we can’t do it without Terry. I probably left a little more for him in the first half. But he persisted and we found him and we called his number – the guys called his number and he delivered tonight. Terry deserves a lot of credit for this win and he did a great job,” Borrego said.
The Hornets’ veterans face COWID-19 protocols in Charlotte.
It was a fun night in Buzz City right after the opening game, but there were certainly some concerns before the game started. After all, three of the Hornets’ key players were excluded due to health and safety protocols.
Fortunately, the Hornets have some solid veterans who can remain optimistic even in a bad situation.
“I think a little bit, a lot of things fell on me, (Gordon Hayward), Bis (Bismack Biyombo), just to keep the guys in their seats, because like I said, everything was pushed back and everything was crazy tonight. That’s what we did, obviously we didn’t play our best game, our defense wasn’t there, but we found a way to deal with it. Days like this are going to be tough, but we just have to find a way and fortunately we have guys like me, Biz, G, Cody (Zeller) to help the youngsters,” Terry Roeser added.
PJ Washington was one of the guys who had to miss Friday night’s game, which is a blow to the team because he usually only plays a few minutes as a powerful attacker. The Hornets had to play less than usual, but that didn’t stop them from beating the Timberwolves 55-40.
The LaMelo Ball campaign for Rookie of the Year continues.
LaMelo Ball accounted for 11 of the Hornets’ 55 boards and along with Rozier and Devonte Graham also contributed 20 points.
This is the first time Ball has been paired with Anthony Edwards in his draft class. The two rookies finished among the first two picks in the draft and will meet again on March 3.
The most important factor in this victory is that the Hornets have moved into sixth place in the Eastern Conference. They are just under .500 at 13-14, just behind the Indiana Pacers. Charlotte plays its next four home games against the San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets and Golden State Warriors. It won’t really be a total effort, but if the team can maintain Friday’s level of play, anything is possible.