NEW YORK -- The final week of the calendar year ends with a home game against the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Charlotte Hornets.
First, they must not look past three games against Eastern Conference teams with losing records.
Step one is Monday night when the Hornets visit the Brooklyn Nets, who are tied with the Philadelphia 76ers for the worst record in the NBA.
Charlotte built a 17-13 record by going a combined 14-5 against opposition at or under .500.
That doesn't mean those have been automatic flawless games for the Hornets, who follow up their second trip to Brooklyn with a visit to the Orlando Magic (14-18) on Wednesday and a home game against the Miami Heat (10-21) on Thursday.
If Charlotte wins its next three games, it takes a 20-13 record into its second meeting with the defending champions Saturday. That game precedes a month when the Hornets face the Toronto Raptors, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors. << Read more...
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