Hornets rise to second place in multiple polls

Monday, March 24, 2008
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Hornets.com

A three-game winning streak, capped by a come-from-behind victory over Boston, has moved New Orleans into the No. 2 spot in several national power rankings this week. The Hornets also came back to beat previously red-hot Houston, further improving their stock among league observers.

Time for our weekly look at where the Hornets stand among the 30 NBA teams in the polls (we’re a day early this time due to New Orleans’ 6 p.m. tip-off at Indiana on Tuesday):

NBA.com (2nd, up 2 spots from 4th the previous week): “Saturday’s big win over the Celtics was the first of eight straight games against the Eastern Conference for the Hornets, including a six-game trip that starts in Indiana on Tuesday. But it's not that easy of a stretch, with Cleveland, Boston, Toronto and Orlando following the Pacer game.”

SI.com (2nd, up 3 spots): “They downed the Celtics on Saturday to make it three straight victories and 10 of 13 overall, as they continue to chase the West's top seed. But now Chris Paul & Co must head out on six-game Eastern trip, including Friday's rematch with what is sure to be an angry Gang Green in Boston.”

ESPN.com (2nd, up 4 spots): “Impossible to put the Hornets any lower when they're 8-3 in March and just followed up a rout of Houston by rallying from 15 down to stun the team above that has No. 1 for the rest of the season virtually sewn up.”

SportingNews.com (5th, up 1 spot): “Their bench is a lot more formidable when Bonzi Wells plays like he did against the Rockets (25 points). Chris Andersen might help, too, if he ever gets in a game.”