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HTL Thursdays brought to you by ESPN730: Charlotte Hornets new road savvy will be put to the test

Can the Hornets avoid getting swept by the cream of the Eastern Conference crop and move further up the standings?

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The Charlotte Hornets have used the month of March to refocus their efforts away from Time Warner Cable Arena. If you ask players and coaches they will tell you, winning on the road isn't an exact science...it's closer to an art form. It take a special focus and determination to close another team out in front of a hostile crowd and an unfamiliar building. Unless they can move decidedly past two of the three teams competing with them for the 3rd through 6th seed, they will need to find a way to beat good teams on the road. They have two road tests on the horizon against the top two seeds in the Eastern Conference, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors.

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  • We've added a new member to the Hive Talk Live team. Dustin Phifer joins as a special contributor with his thoughts on Courtney Lee's impact and how he could be the Hornets playoff x-factor in the playoffs
  • We're previewing Friday night's game against the Philadelphia 76ers and the aforementioned showdown with Cleveland on Sunday. 
  • Aaron Harrison has been scorching D-League defenses lately, but does it mean he's ready for a second look in the big show? Nick Denning stops by with his take.