New Orleans in No. 13 or 14 slot of every power poll

Tuesday, December 14, 2010
By: Jim Eichenhofer,

A look at where the Hornets currently rank in national media website power polls released either Tuesday or Monday: (13th, down 3 spots from 10th the previous week): “The Hornets have lost eight of their last 11 games, with their offense reaching a new low in Philadelphia on Sunday. Chris Paul made eight of his 12 shots, but his teammates made just 16 of their 65. With a visit to Miami on Monday, recovering from that stinker might be difficult.” (13th, down 1 spot): “They’ve still been playing the same suffocating defense they had in the early season. Problem is, the offense has been suffocating, too.” (14th, down 3 spots): “Professor Hollinger summed up the Hornets' rising offensive woes with the sort of snark we had to steal: They scored fewer first-quarter points in Philly (13) than the Saints did (14) in their first quarter of American football.” (14th, down 1 spot): “The Hornets have lost nine of 12, mostly because of an offense that ranks 28th in scoring and 24th in efficiency. Meanwhile, Chris Paul continues to shoot less frequently than ever. Others have noted this issue, but the dynamic reached an absurd extreme during Sunday's first half at Philadelphia when Paul made half of his four attempts while his teammates misfired on 34 of their 38 shots as the Hornets generated only 23 points in what became an 88-70 defeat. It's time for Paul to tweak his game. The catechism of a pure point guard is to create ‘the best shot possible’ for his team. For New Orleans, that means having Paul shoot jumpers and go to the basket more often.”