Tic Tac Toe: The Improbable New Orleans Hornets Have Won Three in a Row

November 22nd, 2009 by Paul Augustin Leave a reply »
In an unlikely turn of events, the New Orleans Hornets have won their third game in a row by defeating the Atlanta Hawks, 96-86, Saturday night in the Hive. Coming into this game, the Southwest Division leading Hawks had the best record in the NBA.

This is the second division leader in a row that the Hornets have defeated. In their previous contest against the Phoenix Suns, the Hornets avenged an earlier blowout by beating the Suns, 110-103.

The Hornets were a team in an obvious rapid decline.  Just 10 months ago, most analysts had the Hornets ranked third in the NBA power rankings.  Many had the Hornets ordained as the team who would dethrone the Lakers dynasty.

New Orleans then began what many would call a death spiral at the end of last season. In January, they were strong challengers for at least the two spot in the Western Conference playoffs.

By season end, they barely made the playoffs. This was culminated in a humiliating first-round playoff defeat at the hands of the Denver Nuggets.

In the offseason, General Manager Jeff Bower began to remake the roster.  Through the draft, trades, and free agent acquisition ...

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