Tuesday, January 5, 2010

In NBA Jam, this would be called "Heating Up"

Posted By on Tue, Jan 5, 2010 at 1:26 PM

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Screengrab lifted from NBA.com

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With all the excitement since New Years, the Sugar Bowl and a friend's birthday our weekend was so busy that we missed the Hornets win two great games (against good-to-great teams, no less!) to bring their record back to .500 for the first time since the second game of the season (!). And they won the second one on the road after being down double-digits against the Utah Jazz (!!!!!!). Dare I say, the Hornets are gathering some steam?

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Alas, only in the past would it be safe to assume that the Hornets would beat a team like the Oklahoma City Thunder (whom they play on Wednesday in Oklahoma) but New Orleans hasn't pulled together a legitimate win streak in almost two years -- one can no longer give this team the benefit of the doubt. That being said, this would be the perfect time to start winning streak to turn around their season. After the Thunder, the Hornets face opponents with the following records:

  • New Jersey Nets - 3-30
  • Washington Wizards - 10-21

  • Philadelphia 76ers - 11-21
  • L.A. Clippers - 15-18
  • Detroit Pistons - 11-21
  • Indiana Pacers - 10-23

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Now, let's be conservative and say the Hornets won't go undefeated and be at 22-16 when the San Antonio Spurs come to town (I know, it's exciting, but let's try to be rational). Four of these games are on the road, which is wherever Hornets go whenever they want to forget how to win basketball games, and this could be a problem. But even if they drop, say, two on the road but pick up a solid home win against a decent (well, for them) Clippers team, they would still have some budding momentum before facing the Spurs in a game that may very well define how good this Hornets team is.

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Of course, after all this we could be just were we started, with the Hornets playing up and down for the rest of what ultimately becomes a mediocre season. But after a performance like the one they just had in Salt Lake City, on can reasonably hope CP3 and Co. decide to make things interesting.

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