This is the Hornets' second last game of the season, and prior to tonight's game head coach Steve Clifford made it clear that he doesn't care whether the team finishes with the fifth or sixth seed. "I don't see any difference between 5th and 6th," Clifford told the media. "You won't know who you'd play, nor does it matter."
So basically, the Hornets are playing for pride right now. And that's okay.
Clifford also mentioned that in his opinion, Isaiah Thomas is the most underrated offensive player in the Eastern Conference. I'd have to agree with that assessment. Thomas has masterfully orchestrated the Celtics' offense all season with an extremely tight handle and hot shooting, and was selected to the Eastern Conference All-Star Team for the first time back in February.
He and Kemba Walker would probably be my picks for most underrated offensive player in the East.
A small change to the starting lineup tonight: Al Jefferson will be starting for Cody Zeller, whom is dealing with bruised sternum. That means the Hornets are rolling out Walker, Courtney Lee, Nicolas Batum, Marvin Williams, and Jefferson. For the Celtics, expect to see Thomas, Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, Amir Johnson, and Jared Sullinger start the game.
The win might not mean much more than a boost to morale, but that'd be great heading into the Hornets' last game on Wednesday and the playoffs in about a week.
Anyway, grab your snacks and get to a TV. It's time for Hornets basketball.
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