Walker's Emotional Reaction
CHARLOTTE--The Hornets have won four consecutive games -- and eight of 11 -- to reach Wednesday's season finale against the visiting Magic. Charlotte needs one more victory to have a chance of keep playing this season.
Charlotte (39-42) took care of its business Tuesday night with a 124-97 victory at Cleveland, staying in the ninth position in the Eastern Conference because eighth-place Detroit rallied to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 100-93.
• Who: Orlando (41-40) Charlotte (39-42)
• When: 7:00 p.m. (ET)
• Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
• TV: Fox Sports Southeast
• Radio: WFNZ – 102.5 FM | 610 AM
1ST QT - The weird thing about tonight's is that the Hornets do not control their playoff destiny. I've been super critical of the Hornets at times this season, but there's no denying this - they haven't folded down the stretch - and that's saying a lot. Charlotte started the game a little lethargic, getting behind early thanks to Orlando's hot shooting from the field (57.1 %). Terrence Ross scored 11 points off of the bench. (30-25 ORLANDO)
2ND QT - The struggles continued for Charlotte is this period as Orlando's defense intensified, and their shots continued to fall. Terrence Ross is playing very well tonight. He had a big first quarter, he's following that up with an impressive second quarter. The elephant in the room, the Pistons beating the Knicks, very soundly. The Hornets need the Knicks to beat Detroit in addition to beating the Magic here tonight.
2nd QT - The Hornets closed the quarter a little bit of a run, culminating in a monster dunk by Miles Bridges. The Hornets ended up outscoring the Magic, 33-32, but still trail by four going into the locker room. There's no doubt the Hornets are in a weird predicament tonight as they are watching the Knicks -Pistons score. They need New York to beat Detroit in order to clinch a playoff berth but that seems unlikely with New York trailing 65-41. (62-58 ORLANDO)
3rd QT - Charlotte continues the fight with Orlando, still trailing by the slimmest of margins. Orlando's Aaron Gordon and Terrence Ross both have 21 points. During a recent timeout in this quarter, the Hornets presented a montage of the best plays of the season, Kemba Walker accounted for about 95 percent of those. As we head toward the fourth and final period, the questions remains, are we watching Kemba's final game in a Hornets uniform? (97-88 ORLANDO)
Tony Parker and Nic Batum stand behind the huddle in the third quarter.
Photo Credit: Ryan Hedrick | Carolina Sports Link
4th QT - Kemba Walker walks off of the floor to the chants of MVP. The Hornets were eliminated from playoff contention before the final buzzer following the Pistons convincing win over the Knicks, 115-89.
Kemba Walker spoke to reporters following Charlotte loss to the Magic, 122-114.