I hate to be Mr. Negative here (though McNamara will probably appreciate me taking the burden off of his shoulders), but this playoff talk is getting out of hand. The Hornets would have to finish the season with a better winning percentage over their final 43 games than every team but the Heat, Spurs, Clippers, and Thunder currently have. Think about that. Are the Hornets, even when completely healthy, anywhere near the 5th best team in the NBA right now? No. We saw as much against the Knicks last Sunday. While the team's recent play of late is incredibly promising for the future, we still have to be realistic in regards to this season.
My god mason, 0-2 to the nets? Chicago and Golden State? If Chicago has derrick rose then yeah. But cmon
i know its not likely. I know that the hornets arent a top 5 team but every game night the hornets just need to be the better team for that one night. Being a fan and not a very objective one, i have to say going into any game i dont feel like the hornets will definitely lose, unless its okc (luckily we just play them once more). I just like the possibility of "it" happening, its been awhile (havent felt this good since walking into game 7 in '08).
But one thing to factor in is the schedule. Hornets have played the toughest schedule in the NBA and it is going to get a LOT easier. In a vacuum, against a random schedule, I would agree that it is far fetched, but this scenario is different because it is against an easy schedule. I would say that 8-10 teams could go 30-13 against the soft schedule that lies ahead, maybe more
Don't sleep on Brooklyn. (No Sleep Til Brooklyn?) Here's where the above teams rank in Hollinger's power rankings (which takes into account strength of schedule & margin of victory, along with weighting recent games slightly more heavily in order to properly project the team's current strength): 1) Spurs 2) Thunder 3) Clippers (x2) 4) Heat 5) Nuggets 7) Grizzlies (x2) 8) Nets (x2) 10) Bulls 12) Warriors 14) Lakers (x2) I assumed both home and road losses for any team in the top 10, and only road losses for the Warriors and Lakers; considering home games against them a toss-up. I actually omitted a home game against Denver, which would bring that list of "likely losses" to 15. I feel as if that is a fairly realistic approach, but if you disagree, that is certainly your right. (Rankings - http://espn.go.com/nba/hollinger/powerrankings)
0-2 against the brooklyn nets? you are trying hard to play the role of pessimist! and we have the lopez that can rebound!
I count 14 likely losses in the remaining schedule: @ San Antonio 1/23 @ Memphis 1/27 @ LA Lakers 1/29 (I'll give us a shot at home, but not in LA) @ Denver 2/1 (thin air never bodes well for us) vs. Chicago 2/19 vs. Brooklyn 2/26 @ Oklahoma City 2/27 @ Memphis 3/9 @ Brooklyn 3/12 vs. Clippers 3/27 vs. Miami 3/29 @ Golden State 4/3 @ LA Lakers 4/9 vs. LA Clippers 4/12 Could the Hornets win any one of those games if they play well enough? Sure, but that list doesn't even include a ton of toss-up games. We also have 8 more back-to-backs this season, and only 1 of those 8 is listed above (@ OKC 2/27). Again, I hate to step on all of the optimism - I miss playoff basketball in this city more than you could possibly know - but I'm just trying to be realistic here.