When Charlotte Nc loses to St Louis, it could be the most important game of the season for St Louis
Charlotte Nb is a good team.
Charlotte Ns are a good squad.
They have the potential to be great.
But there is a real possibility that, for the second time in the past five games, the Hornets are not going to make the playoffs.
And the team’s inability to overcome the early-season adversity and take control of its own destiny could cost them a playoff berth.
Charlotte Nc lost its fourth straight game Wednesday against the Lakers, its second straight loss to a division opponent.
The Hornets are 6-11 in their past nine against the Los Angeles Lakers.
The loss is their fifth straight to St. Louis, who are the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoff race and have the NBA’s second-best record at 8-3.
The Hornets had the best shooting performance in the NBA on Wednesday, going 12 for 19 from 3-point range, and they made just five of their first 11 shots from beyond the arc.
Their defense was inconsistent, as they allowed 30 points on 37 shots and outrebounded the Lakers by a 17-6 margin.
They also committed six turnovers.
“We’ve got to keep going,” coach Mike Dunlap said.
“We’ve had a lot of games like this, and we’ve still got a long way to go.
We’ve got a lot to get right.
I don’t think anybody expected this.”
The Lakers have won seven straight and 11 of their past 13.
They led by 16 in the fourth quarter.
The team is shooting 39.5 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from 3.
The Lakers are averaging 102.8 points during the three-game losing streak.
“I think we just haven’t played well enough defensively,” Lakers forward Reggie Jackson said.
Lakers guard Mike Dunlop said the team was trying to get off to a fast start.
He said the Lakers were shooting 49.6 percent overall, but only 38.5 of their shots in the second half.
That is an improvement from the first half, when they were shooting 52.3.
“When you start to get that jump and get the jump, it helps you out,” Dunlops said.
The Los Angeles Clippers (10-11) have lost three straight and 10 of their last 11.
They are shooting 52 percent from deep and 33 percent from beyond it.
They lost at Atlanta on Wednesday for the fourth straight time.
“They were playing pretty well at the end, but they didn’t give us a chance,” Dunlap told the team website.
St. Louis has lost five straight games in Los Angeles and six of eight overall.
It is shooting 43.4 percent from three-point land and 31.5 from long range.
The Kings are averaging 101.6 points in the series, but are 3-5 in the games they have lost.
The series has been decided in overtime, with the Clippers winning four straight.
It’s a team that struggled offensively against the Magic.
Los Angeles scored 32 first-quarter points but only 18 second-quarter ones.
The Clippers scored 30 in the first quarter but only 14 second-half points.
This is a team struggling offensively against a team with the second-highest scoring offense in the league, the Lakers.
They’re playing a very tough, tough basketball team.” “
That’s the bottom line, right?
They’re playing a very tough, tough basketball team.”
Laker forward DeAndre Jordan said the Clippers need to make plays.
“The one thing I think we’re lacking is some consistency,” he said.
He also said his team could have played better defense against the Knicks.
“You just have to be smart, play with your feet, play hard, play within yourself,” Jordan said.
Losers Chris Kaman and Eric Gordon each had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Lakers while guard J.J. Redick had 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Forward Cody Zeller had 14 points.
The Pelicans had the lead for most of the game.
The Nuggets held a 20-10 edge on the boards, though.
Denver has allowed its opponents to shoot 54.8 percent, which is second-worst in the Eastern Conference.
They’re 3-1 when leading at halftime.
The Knicks are 7-3 when leading after the first three quarters.
The teams have split four of their previous five meetings.