Hornets Show Up Against Lakers

Photo: The Times-Picayune

How about those Hornets? It’s amazing how well a team can play when the game means nothing and all the pressure is off. It’s great to watch a healthy Chris Paul share the floor so well with rookie Darren Collison. While the Hornets are headed to the draft lottery and the Lakers are heading to the playoffs with their sights set on defending a championship, there is reason to be optimistic in New Orleans.

The Hornets were bitten hard by the injury bug this season and that leads to the type of inconsistency the team has displayed all year. A team like this season’s Hornets should finish around .500. And that’s right where they’re headed (35-40 with seven games to play). Next season, if the key pieces stay healthy and another one or two are added, the Hornets are easily a playoff team. Does Jeff Bower return as coach, GM or both next season? Will Tim Floyd get another shot at the head job? Interesting questions that will be answered in the coming weeks.

Here’s a good column in today’s T-P that looks at the frustrating Hornets’ season.

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