Apr 18, 2012; Memphis, TN, USA; New Orleans Hornets power forward Carl Landry (24) dribbles the ball up the court during the second half against the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum. Memphis Grizzlies defeated the New Orleans Hornets 103-91. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE
The Hornets' home finale at the New Orleans Arena is tonight as they welcome the division rival Houston Rockets into The Hive. Coming off of a very disappointing effort last night against the Grizzlies, the Hornets look to rebound against Houston, who is in the middle of a very difficult stretch of their own. As it stands, the Rockets have fallen completely out of the playoff picture and are a half game behind the Utah Jazz for the eight and final playoff spot. They're also fresh off of being demolished in the fourth quarter by Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks last night and are looking to get back to their winning ways.
The Hornets, meanwhile, are still pushing to finish the season strong after a long stretch of disappointment from about January to March. Even with last night's loss, they've won five out of their last seven games. I'd also imagine they held Eric Gordon back last night in order for him to play in the home finale tonight against Houston (got to sell those season tickets). Jerome Dyson is coming off of a career high 24 point performance last night and the rest of the Hornets will look to continue to play spoiler tonight versus Houston.
The Rockets got both Marcus Camby and Samuel Dalembert back last night for their match-up versus Dallas but will still be without
former Hornet Kevin Martin (shoulder). The Hornets seem to switch it up all the time with their injury list but the official report as of now is that they will be without Jarrett Jack (foot), Chris Kaman (tibia), Emeka Okafor (knee) and Trevor Ariza (for being under contract for next season). Eric Gordon is listed as questionable with his sore back. Chris Johnson is no longer on the injury list for the Hornets with his concussion because he's no longer with the team.