Another day of spinning the tires, it seems.
While this season's not over for the Hornets — they're currently just 4.5 games out of the eighth seed — the team needs to kick it into high gear if they want to salvage what's been a disappointing season for them. With Lance Stephenson out yet another game with a nagging groin injury and Al Jefferson out for his third consecutive game, that's a lot to ask for. Without Stephenson, the Hornets have gone 4-5. Without Jefferson, they're 0-2.
Luckily, the Magic present a solid opportunity for the Hornets to keep their playoff aspirations alive. While the Magic aren't terrible, they're weak enough that the Hornets can sneak into the Amway Center and steal a win if they enter the game with focus and resolve.
Still, the Magic are considerably better than the Hornets in the frontcourt, especially with Al Jefferson's absence. This could be a long night.