The Charlotte Hornets are struggling. There's no other way to put it.
After a disappointing start to their season that has seen the go 4-10, the Hornets are desperate for a win. With every loss, their quest for the playoffs becomes more and more unlikely. If they play .500 ball to finish the season (34-34), they'll finish with a record of 38-44, which is what the Atlanta Hawks, the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference last season, had last year. They were only one game ahead of the Knicks, who had 37 wins. Needless to say, the Hornets need to be better than average, and fast.
Their opponent tonight, the Los Angeles Clippers, are 7-5 on the season. Despite a middling record, the Clippers are among the best teams in the Western Conference this season. Their core of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan is a handful for any team to deal with, and the Hornets' trio of Kemba Walker, Marvin Williams, and Al Jefferson will have their work cut out for them.
Here we go.