While Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a time to celebrate the many contributions Dr. King made in the civil rights movement, it's also a holiday, and for the NBA (and many other corporations), it's an opportunity to showcase its product to people who wouldn't normally be willing/able to catch an evening game. As a result, there are six games before 7 p.m. today, including the Charlotte Hornets' game against the Utah Jazz at 2 p.m.
The Hornets are losers of nine of their last 10 games, which is disappointing considering they're mostly healthy for the first time in quite a while. The playoffs are definitely still in the picture, but with each loss, that reality continues its transition into a simple, ingenuous dream.
The Jazz are fairly good and match up well with the Hornets. You can read Derek's wonderful preview here.
Basically, the Hornets desperately need to start winning. In fact, if they can string together a few wins before Al Jefferson and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist return in February, they might still have a shot at homecourt advantage in the Eastern Conference.
Tipoff's at 2 p.m. Grab your snacks and get to a TV. It's time for Hornets basketball!