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Hornets Woes Continue

By Ryan Lemoine

The early season struggles of the Hornets continue as their is no time set for Point Guard Chris Paul's return. Paul sprained his ankle Friday night in the Hornets home loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. An MRI has revealed no further damage, but Paul is expected to miss at least two weeks, and this comes at a time when the Hornets cannot afford to lose any more early season games.

The Hornets, who were picked by most experts to finish as high as the fourth seed in the Western Conference, are 3-8 and have lost three straight contests by large amounts. They have also lost five out of their last six. During this losing streak, the Hornets decided to part ways with their former Coach of the Year, Byron Scott. Coach Scott seemed to have no sense of urgency, and while the Hornets were struggling mightily on their west coast road-trip, he seemed more concerned with getting golf games arranged. General Manager Jeff Bower has taken over, and since he's the one responsible for putting this dreadful lineup together, I can't see how it makes sense that he's going to be the coach to get these guys to play well. Sure, he brought in Tim Floyd, but the last five years of Tim Floyd's coaching career have not gone well at all.

It almost seems to me that while the Saints are representing the city by moving out of their old ways of losing, the Hornets are slipping right back into that mentality. It is still very early in the season, and there is a chance to turn things around, but it's not looking good. Something has to shift for the team in the next few games. Maybe if they get a couple of wins in a row with Paul sidelined, it will give them the confidence boost that they need to move forward. Two of the Hornets next three games are against teams that trounced them last week. They play the Phoenix Suns and the Atlanta Hawks home at the hive. Let's hope for the sake of wanting a nice,long, interesting season that the Hornets can come up with a couple of big wins. Stay tuned!!!!