April 15, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Hornets newly named owner Tom Benson watches his team during the first quarter of a game against the Memphis Grizzlies at the New Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
Welcome back, Hornets fans. Tonight, the Hornets square off with the Charlotte Bobcats in a match-up that used to have worst record in the league implications. Sadly enough, Charlotte has all but wrapped that up. With one of the worst possible teams in recent memory, the Bobcats players and former Hornets coach Paul Silas play to the best of their abilities, I guess, but simply aren't very good. The Hornets, meanwhile, have been really good lately (much to the chagrin of some Hornets fans). Coming off of the first three game winning streak all season, the Hornets went 4-1 on the team's recent five game home stand and are riding a ton of momentum into the place they used to call home.
While the Hornets can longer match the Bobcats record for futility this season, they could have a more embarrassing mark if they were to be the only team that the Charlotte Bobcats beat twice in this ugly season for them. The Bobcats won in New Orleans earlier on the year when a Trevor Ariza dunk attempt was blocked at the rim to close out the evening. The last match-up between the two teams was supposed to feature the first time two Mexican born players ever faced off in a game, but Eduardo Najera was unable to play due to injury. He will be unavailable again tonight, giving this game no ultimate significance.
For the Bobcats, DeSagana Diop (Achilles), Corey Maggette (Achilles) and Eduardo Najera (skull) are all out. For the Hornets, Jarrett Jack (foot), Emeka Okafor (knee) and Chris Johnson (concussion) will be out as well.