When: 7:00 pm ET
Where: Charlotte, NC. Time Warner Cable Arena
How: Fox Sports Southeast, NBALP, 92.9 FM "The Game", WFNZ 610 AM,
The Hornets are in need of some help, but it's unclear just where they'll find it.
On this recent losing streak many including myself pointed to injuries, specifically that of Nicolas Batum, as the primary reason for the Hornets' struggles. But Batum was back in the lineup in Denver, and that didn't stop the Nuggets from handing Charlotte its seventh straight loss.
That's right, the Hornets currently lead the NBA in longest present losing streak. The horrible Sixers, Nets, and Lakers have all won more recently than the Hornets -- who by the way, have dropped eight of their last ten. Of the two teams who've done worse in that same stretch, one of them -- the Phoenix Suns -- got their lone win by, you guessed it, beating the Hornets.
The team is currently 12th in the eastern conference, 2.5 games out of what will be an insanely crowded fight for a playoff spot, and are playing a Hawks team that is not nearly as inept as both the lowly Nuggets and Suns. The Hawks are definitely beatable, but so has been nearly every team the Hornets have lost to recently. Not to mention, Al Horford is playing some of his best ball of the season, Kemba Walker seemingly always has issues with Jeff Teague, and with the performance J.J. Redick had against Charlotte last week, I dare not think exactly what Kyle Korver might get up to in this game
The positive spin is that the Hawks have lost to both the Knicks (twice) as well as the Pacers recently, and that perhaps Batum in his first game back just couldn't get his legs under him in that thin Denver air. Best case scenario, Batum is able to find his groove again, subsequently allowing his teammates to reclaim their rightful roles on the team, and taking the air-tight pressure off Kemba that has been crushing both his shooting percentage, and the fans' spirits.
The Hornets simply cannot keep losing like this and expect to be in the mix post-All-Star break. Tonight is as good as any to re-establish the home dominance from early in the season, and get the city of Charlotte excited again for what (for now) could still be a post season appearance in 2016.