The Charlotte Hornets just played back-to-backs against two of the worst teams in the NBA, the Phoenix Suns and the Philadelphia 76ers. The Hornets crushed both, beating the 76ers 119-99 on Wednesday night behind another strong performance by Kemba Walker who scored 30 points and grabbed seven boards. The Hornets have won ten of their last 13 games.
Jeremy Lin struggled in a 1-of-7 shooting night against Phoenix, but he played well against Philadelphia shooting 4-of-6 for 14 points and grabbing four board with two assists in just 20 minutes of action. He went 6-of-6 from the free throw line. Lin recognized that Walker was currently leaving little room for him to increase his minutes at point guard, saying Walker was “definitely controlling the game and coach is definitely going through him.” Lin had figured to also draw a percentage of his minutes at shooting guard, but those too have been limited with the recent acquisition of Courtney Lee. Still, Lin’s penetration figures to be a major asset in the playoffs, where Charlotte looks headed. They’ll have depth there: for the second game in a row thirteen Hornets played saw action.