Friday NBA Roundup: Kemba Walker’s All-Star Candidacy Getting Tougher to Ignore

January 22nd, 2016 by Adam Fromal Leave a reply »

If head coaches weren't already looking to make Kemba Walker one of the reserves for the Eastern Conference All-Star team, perhaps Steve Clifford can just send all of his colleagues tape of the Charlotte Hornets' 120-116 overtime victory at the expense of the Orlando Magic. 

Walker was utterly fantastic throughout the proceedings, emerging with a final line that included 40 points, seven rebounds, nine assists, four steals and one block. He shot 14-of-28 from the field, made 10 of his 12 shots at the charity stripe and turned the ball over only twice. 

One cough-up admittedly gave the Magic life during overtime, leading to an easy Victor Oladipo layup. But he made up for the other one in a big way just prior to the end of regulation: 

Walker found success all night, but he was particularly excellent while leading the Hornets back from a 19-point deficit. As soon as he adopted even more of an attack mentality, no one could stay in front of him, leading to bursts toward the rim and devastating, ankle-breaking crossovers. 

This blow-by layup in transition finally gave Charlotte a l ...

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