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Will the Hornets ever lose again?

Nov 14, 2010, 12:18 AM EDT

Portland Trail Blazers v New Orleans Hornets

Before you start to freak out, I’m kidding with that headline. Let’s not bust out the 72-10 tracker yet. Though, I guess, if we started one for the 6-4 Miami Heat we have every right to kickstart one for the Hornets, who improved to 8-0 Saturday night with a 107-87 victory over the Blazers, or as I like to call them, “the Walking Dead.”

The Hornets are now 8-0, the best team, record-wise, in the Western Conference. If the playoffs started today, New Orleans would be the No. 1 overall seed. It goes on, like that, for a bit.

So the question has to be asked when will the Hornets lose again, if ever? (Joke!)

Dell Demps told me tonight in a text message answer to that question, simply “Soon.” So it would appear he’s not readying an 82-0 banner any time in the near future. Predictable for a general manager to expect his team to lose eventually, even as he’s probably giddy at the start in his first year on the job with the Hornets.

But, seriously.

When are the Hornets going to lose?

This week provides a convenient opportunity as the Hornets play a home and home with the Dallas Mavericks. A perennial playoff team that’s especially good in the regular season and has both the size and guard play to at least hang with the Hornets? Sounds perfect. Except the Hornets have kind of owned Dallas, matchup-wise, in recent history. Plus, the Hornets have Dallas at home for the tougher second game. If they can get the matchup advantages in the first game, the home crowd might carry them in the second. Then it’s a Friday tilt against the Cavaliers, who are fiesty and tough, but let’s face it, not in the Hornets league at the moment. Alone, Chris Paul is a big enough advantage for that one to swing their way.

Then it’s a four-game trip that opens with a back-to-back at Sacramento and at the Los Angeles Clippers. Yawn. The way these Hornets are playing, they’ll be able to rest starters in the fourth quarter of each of these games.

Then comes the big one.

At Utah on Wednesday, Nov. 24.

It would be fitting for this to be the big game, and the one they lose. A Utah club that suddenly seems as invincible as the Hornets. Deron Williams, Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson to match David West and Emeka Okafor. Bench depth, versatile small forwards, plucky shooting guards. It’s a dream matchup that has to be considered the heavy favorite for when this ridiculous Hornets streak will end.

After that there’s Portland, San Antonio, and Oklahoma City.  If it gets to that point? We’re dealing with something that goes well beyond just a normal hot start.

We’ll just have to keep watching and see if the Hornets surprise us some more.

  1. wonkypenguin - Nov 14, 2010 at 9:10 AM

    They will lose again and 11 times no doubt. But for right now, they are showing more periods of time where they look well-oiled and fewer times where they look out of control. And as the Celtics are proving, well-oiled is going to win most races.

    It was also nice to see Stojakovic with some playing time in the hopes of wrapping him up into a deal (3-team or 12-team) for Carmelo. But that could just be me.

  2. zblott - Nov 14, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    The Hornets are one of the 5 biggest surprises up to this point. Here’s an examination of all 5:

    http://www.hoopskarma.com/hk/2010/11/11/5-big-surprises-in-2010-11.html

  3. cordae - Nov 14, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    I think they look great. Thats due to, in large part, Chris Paul. While everyone was jumping on the rondo and rose bandwagon while paul was hurt, they forgot that neither one of those players have the leadership capability, or jumpshot that paul has. Rondo is an amazing passer and finisher, but a guard without a jumpshot is not “the overall best”. Him having a jumpshot could have helped them win that ring last year (I know u seen the space kobe gave that kid). The only young guard who comes close to CP3 is of course, Deron Williams. I would go on, but I’ll wait for the celts fans to get their panties in a bunch.

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