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Monday Mourning Mailbag Ep.26: Signs of life

Could the boys be back and ready for a playoff run?

NBA: Charlotte Hornets at Los Angeles Clippers Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

In games after the All-Star break, the Hornets are .500, which dare I say is an improvement.

The team won fairly easily against the Boogie-less Sacramento Kings, while a day later dropping a close overtime affair with the significantly better Los Angeles Clippers.

It’s nice to see the Hornets coming out of the gate with some pep in the proverbial step, especially in the form of Frank Kaminsky. Tank has been relatively underwhelming for the franchise this season, but has managed to put together a good string of games as of late, scoring in double figures in six straight, while dropping at least 20 in three of them. Frank even managed to have a monster game rebounding the ball as well the other night, finishing with thirteen boards, an aspect of his game he’s received criticism for in the past — being 7-foot and all.

Kemba Walker and Nic Batum really poured it on in Los Angeles, shooting great from beyond the arc and really making there presence felt as scorers — something Batum has failed to do consistently this season. Even Jeremy Lamb had a strong showing against the Clippers, finishing with 19 points. Not to mention, these two spurts of acceptable play have taken place on the road, a weak spot for the team this season. If Kaminsky can continue to provide at least some level of consistent offense, it makes the jobs of Kemba and Nic so much easier to perform on a nightly basis, especially as it gets later in the season and Walker’s body is dealing with the delayed affects of all those chargers he managed to take this year.

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