Hornets attempting to make one last run at playoff berth
(Sports Network) – The New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets are still alive in
the Western Conference playoff race, and need to make their final charge at
earning a berth in the postseason.
New Orleans/Oklahoma City (33-40) is three games behind the Los Angeles
Clippers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. Golden State is 1
1/2 games ahead of the Hornets.
The Hornets and Clippers both have nine games left on their schedules, while
the Warriors have eight games remaining. New Orleans/Oklahoma City is
scheduled to play five of its final nine contests on the road.
New Orleans/Oklahoma City will host Seattle, Phoenix, the Clippers and Nuggets
in its final home games. The Hornets will visit Milwaukee, Minnesota, Houston,
Sacramento and the Clippers.
The Hornets begin their final push towards earning a playoff berth, as they
visit the slumping Bucks on Tuesday at the Bradley Center. It is the second
and final meeting of the campaign between the clubs. On February 8th, Desmond
Mason poured in 24 points while David West scored 21 and pulled down 19
rebounds to lift New Orleans/Oklahoma City over Milwaukee, 109-101, in double
overtime at the Ford Center. The Hornets won two in a row in the series, but
have lost two straight at Milwaukee.
New Orleans/Oklahoma City attempts to win back-to-back games against
Milwaukee. West scored 20 points and pulled down eight rebounds as the
Hornets blew a double-digit fourth-quarter lead but rallied to beat the New
York Knicks, 103-94, in overtime on Saturday at the Ford Center.
Chris Paul and Mason combined to score all 11 New Orleans/Oklahoma City points
in the extra session, as the Hornets limited New York to just an Eddy Curry
Mason finished with 19 points and Paul had 16 points, seven rebounds and six
assists in the win for the Hornets. Tyson Chandler ended with 13 points and 13
rebounds in the victory.
New Orleans/Oklahoma City is just 11-25 on the road this season. The Hornets
return home to host the SuperSonics on Wednesday and the Suns on Friday at
the Ford Center.
Forward Peja Stojakovic (lower back) is questionable for Tuesday’s contest.
Stojakovic, who is in his first season with the Hornets, is averaging 17.8
points in 13 games this season. The sharp-shooting Stojakovic last played on
Chandler, who leads the Hornets in rebounding (12.4 rpg), has collected
double-digit rebounds in 30 of his last 32 outings. He is averaging 12.0
points and 11.9 boards in his last 10 games.