New Orleans (22-12) moved up in several polls that were released earlier this week, although the majority of power rankings are posted on Mondays, meaning prior to the Hornets home defeat to the Knicks. The Hornets remain in the top 10 across the board.
As you can read below, NBA.com has joined the cause to try to help Chris Paul overcome the injured Tracy McGrady in the vote for Western Conference All-Star starting guard. Comments are provided by each website:
NBA.com (6th, up 2 spots from 8th the previous week): The Hornets continue to tease us. They followed up Tuesday's big win over the Lakers with a 26-point loss to the Jazz. What is more bothersome though is that Chris Paul still trails Tracy McGrady for the second All-Star starting spot in the West. You can help fix that.
ESPN.com (6th, up 2 spots): Discouraging as it was to see the Hornets virtually no-show in Utah in the latest Chris Paul-Deron Williams duel, methinks you have to put more weight on the performance 24 hours earlier in Hollywood. Agreed?
SI.com (6th, up 1 spot): They followed a victory at the Lakers (on the strength of David West's 40 points) by getting drubbed in Utah a night later. This week includes road games at Dallas, Cleveland and Detroit.
Dime Magazine (7th, Dime did not publish rankings last week): We cant quite put our finger on it, but the Hornets dont look as energetic as they did last season. And aside from Chris Pauls numbers in the steals column, their defense needs to improve."
FoxSports.com (8th, same as previous week): Just when you think they've turned the corner (beating the Lakers in L.A.), they hit another wall (losing to the Knicks at home). The search for consistency continues this week with difficult games at Dallas, Cleveland and Detroit.
Sporting News (10th, down 1 spot): They can beat anybody in the league, and the Lakers can attest. They can lose to anybody, too, and the Knicks can attest.