Charlotte Hornets head coach Steve Clifford has been named the Eastern Conference's coach of the month. The Hornets had a Conference-best 13-3 record under Clifford in the month of March. Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr won the award in the Western Conference, with a record of 15-2.
CONGRATULATIONS, COACH CLIFF! The @NBA has named our Hornets Head Coach Eastern Conference Coach of the Month! pic.twitter.com/2c31r5aJiw— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) April 1, 2016
With chemistry problems and injury issues finally ironed out, the Hornets have been on an absolute tear, dominating teams from both conferences over the last month. As a result, Clifford can look deeper into the bench when his main guys aren't playing well, and he's been able to add a handful of new plays and options thanks to the greater versatility available to him.
The Hornets shot their best percentage from deep in March, at 40.4 percent for the month. They also dished out a season-high assists per game, at 22.8, and turned the ball over a season-low 11 times per game. Things have been great for the Hornets lately.
It's true that the Hornets' schedule's been pretty easy lately, with most of their wins coming against fringe playoff teams and the NBA's bottom feeders, but it's their consistency that earned Clifford this award. Plus, the were able to beat the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets over the last few weeks.
Aside from a game each against the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors, April looks to be a cakewalk as well. The Hornets are going to the playoffs, baby!