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Junior achievements: Hornets serve youth, and win streak follows
Young players bring energy to playoff chase
Published Tuesday, March 26, 2019 11:30 pm
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

G-League. Yet his confidence remains unwavering.

“He never complains about minutes,” Walker said. “When he’s not playing, he’s on the sideline cheering for his teammates. The next day after that game, he’s here, putting in his work. It’s paying off for him right now.”

Said Bacon: “[Walker] just believes in us, especially now. It doesn’t matter that we didn’t play all year, especially like me and Te. For us to help out to our first four-game win streak, beating good teams on a back-to-back, Boston, Toronto, other guys are playing. It just shows what we can be. We’ve just got to keep fighting. We’ve still got a chance at the playoffs.”

Bacon shot 4-of-7 from three-point range against San Antonio, including a crucial three in overtime when Walker deferred to him. The Hornets as a whole shot 13-of-42 from three, but Walker did not hit a three until overtime, finishing 2-of-8 while scoring a game-high 38 points.

“I did not want that basketball,” Walker said. “I was too tired at the time. [Bacon] was looking at me like, ‘come get it.’ I was looking at him like, ‘no, I’m not coming to get the ball, so you go and make a play.’ He made a huge three. I’m happy for him. Super happy for him. He deserves it.”

Said Bacon: “I looked over to give it to him, but he was just like, ‘nah, you go.’ He was kind of tired, so I just went. I wanted to drive, but he didn’t budge, so I just shot it.”

Charlotte is 8-9 with Bridges in the starting lineup. He has started each game since Feb. 22. Borrego praised the defensive options provided when Bridges and Bacon play together based on their size and physicality.

“Just the confidence,” Borrego said. “It’s oozing right now, and when you see young guys get this, they want more. They’re hungrier. They’ve tasted it now; they want to keep going, and that group right now wants to keep going.”


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