The New Orleans Hornets have played 12 games this season. After an ugly 75-71 win in Sacramento this evening, they’ve won 11 of those games. However, it still doesn’t feel like Chris Paul and the Hornets are getting the respect they deserve. Maybe it’s because the Hornets aren’t filled with stars. But as they have shown thus far this season, having hard workers like David West and Emeka Okafor more than makes up for that lack of star power at multiple positions.
Well, I’ve got some good news for Hornets’ fans who feel snubbed by NBA fan. Your team is about to get their chance to prove themselves even more.
Anytime a team starts the season with this kind of record, they have to be taken seriously. And if the Hornets can keep up their surprising pace and win at least three or four of their next five games, then will be taken seriously.
The next five games on the schedule for the Hornets are as followed:
Nov. 22 – at Clippers
Nov. 24 – at Jazz
Nov. 26 – at Blazers
Nov. 28 – vs. Spurs
Nov. 29 – at Thunder
The obvious one that they lose is against the Clippers. OK, I kid. But it wouldn’t be a shocker if it did happen, since crazy things like that tend to happen in the Association at times. They just better watch out for this.
But let’s just go ahead and mark down the visit to Staples Center as a win. Then we get the real meat of the upcoming schedule, with back to back games at Utah and at Portland. The only good part about seeing this type of road trip on your schedule is that these games aren’t on consecutive nights. With the way the Jazz have been playing lately, anything can happen in that game. The Blazers are no easy task in the Rose Garden, and in all honesty, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that the Hornets will be underdogs in both of these games.
And then it gets even more difficult. With the way this season has started, it looks like the Hornets and Spurs are trying to meet each other in a Western Conference final, and if 2007 was any indication, that would probably be a heck of a playoff series. But while the Hornets have come out of nowhere, I think a lot of people expected the Spurs to be good. This is essentially their “one last chance” to win another championship, because their age is starting to become a factor.
To end the stretch, the Hornets head to OKC. Ladies and gentlemen, it goes without saying that if the Hornets are 15-1 at this point, we’re gonna start mentioning the ’95-96 Bulls. I don’t see that happening though, as this is another tough test against a Western Conference power.
It’s certainly gonna be interesting to see how the Hornets handle these upcoming games, and if they come out of it with a winning record, I’d say it could definitely be considered a success.