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Hornets hold team workouts for first time since March

Charlotte entered Phase B of In-Market bubble workouts
Credit: AP
Charlotte Hornets guard Malik Monk, right, celebrates with guard Devonte' Graham (4) after scoring during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Chicago, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. The Hornets won 103-93. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Hornets took the practice floor as a team for the first time since March, this week.

Entering Phase B of the NBA's in-market bubble workouts, Charlotte held voluntary group practices at its Spectrum Center practice facility.

"We warmed up. We got some skill work in, then we played," said coach James Borrego. "We were live for 60 minutes. That was the bulk of our day."

The Hornets ended the 2019-20 season with a win at Miami, which went on to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

In its final seven games, the Hornets also defeated the Toronto Raptors, and lost to the Denver Nuggets by just two points, both teams made deep NBA playoff runs.

Borrego said the scrimmage on Wednesday was promising.

"It was much sharper and much better than I expected," said Borrego.

The NBA says the draft will be held in November, and the next season will not begin until 2021.