Teetering on the edge of playoff elimination following a rugged stretch of four games, the Charlotte Hornets begin a favorable turn in their schedule when they host the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night.
The Hornets lost for the fourth straight time Tuesday, 128-114 to the Philadelphia 76ers. They are six games behind the Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks, who are tied for seventh in the Eastern Conference and occupy the final two playoff spots.
Those four losses -- while costly -- were hardly unpredictable for Charlotte, which went up against the 76ers twice and Boston and Toronto once apiece over a seven-day span.
Making up six games with 17 to play won't be easy for the Hornets, but the schedule should help. Ten of their next 15 games are against Brooklyn (twice), Phoenix, Atlanta, New York (twice), Memphis, Dallas, Chicago and Orlando, beginning with the Nets and Suns in two basically must-win games in the next three days. << Read more
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