Hornets’ 1-2 week results in rankings drop

Tuesday, November 18, 2008
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Hornets.com

Losses to the Lakers and Rockets led to a 1-2 week for the Hornets, dipping them to one game over .500. It's no surprise then, that they moved down a few pegs in each of the power rankings we surveyed this week. Our weekly look at where New Orleans is ranked by national websites, out of the 30 NBA teams:

Dime Magazine (7th, down 2 spots from previous week): “A couple weeks ago we said the Hornets offense looked unstoppable. Then Josh Smith and the Hawks shut them down on Nov. 5, and since then New Orleans has only cracked 100 points once. In fact, they’ve only cracked 90 once.”

NBA.com (8th, down 2 spots): “The Hornets' offense is about as inconsistent as you can get. In their five wins, their offensive rating is 116.4. In their four losses, it's 100.2. The wings seem to be the main culprits. Morris Peterson and Peja Stojakovic are shooting a combined 31 percent in the losses.”

SI.com (8th, down 2 spots): “Saturday's loss at Houston was their fourth in six games, leaving Chris Paul frustrated with his team's lack of hustle of late. 'We have to reach down inside and bring more energy every night,' he said. Maybe Friday's visit to their old temporary home in Oklahoma City will bring it out of them.”

ESPN.com (10th, down 4 spots): “Much of the conference that has owned this millennium, Lakers aside, is in flux... starting right here. You certainly can pardon losses to the Hawks, Lakers and Rockets if you wish, but, well, our Hornets bar is pretty high.”