The anticipation for most of the Hornet’s roster’s first ever game seven in the first round of the 2016 NBA playoffs was quite evident.
From the tip, the Hornets didn’t play with the sam energy they displayed in the first six games. Starting guard Kemba Walker looked fatigue as he only shot 3-of-16 from the field finishing with only nine points after having a career best performance in the previous game. The heat came out with a ton of energy and took full advantage of the home court.
Although the Hornets fell short to Dwayne Wade and the Heat on Sunday, they’res plenty of silver linings from the season. This team is fresh and young while coached by a bright leader in Steve Clifford and his respectable assistant staff whom have been associated with the NBA for quite some time now.
Walker is coming off of a career high season in all three major statistical categories (points, assists, rebounds) and is destined for true NBA stardom. However, his supporting cast is still in question as Al Jefferson, Nic Batum and Jeremy Lin’s contract’s all expire this summer.
The Hornets will attempt to bring back all of the key pieces that contributed to this miraculous season, but at the same time need to keep everyone financially happy with the cap room that is available. Jefferson is the biggest question as he is the oldest in age and has had a significant amount of injuries to his body due to his NBA tenure.
The future is bright for this young team as they now possess some post season experience. It’s hard to predict what the 2016-2017 season has in store for Charlotte but it’s safe to say that they have earned their respect in the Eastern Conference. The Buzz is officially back.