Hornets remain fifth in SI.com poll

Monday, December 15, 2008
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Hornets.com

Our weekly look at where the Hornets rank in national power polls usually takes place on Tuesdays, but with New Orleans (13-7) playing at Memphis tomorrow, here is this week’s list. The Hornets moved up on both ESPN.com and NBA.com after going 2-1, including victories over Charlotte and Toronto. The loss at Boston obviously wasn’t going to hurt their status much, given that the Celtics have won 14 consecutive games:

SI.com (5th, same as previous week): “Peja Stojakovic (two points) missed both of his three-point attempts in last Friday's loss at Boston, the first time he was held without a three-pointer in 63 games. But despite Stojakovic's ongoing shooting woes, the Hornets have racked up victories in eight of 10 games, and can build on the momentum Wednesday night when the Spurs visit the Big Easy.”
Hornets.com says: Actually, Stojakovic hasn’t exactly struggled during the recent 10-game stretch. He shot 49.2 percent from three-point range over the last 10 games, a stat that balloons to 54.8 percent if you only look at the last five contests. He was a combined 5-for-19 from the field in the first two games of the trip in Boston and Toronto, however.

ESPN.com (7th, up 3 spots): “If Antonio Daniels proves to be a dependable backup PG to Paul, trading for him could turn out to be as important as signing Posey. The Hornets have simply been asking CP3 to do too much, and they know it.”
Hornets.com says: Daniels’ debut at Toronto on Sunday was a good omen, with the 12-year pro dishing out five assists in only nine minutes. Content to set up his new teammates, Daniels already seemed to improve the flow of the second-unit’s offense in Game 1.

NBA.com (8th, up 1 spot): “On Friday, the Hornets were the latest second-level contender to fall victim to the Celtics in the last couple of weeks. They recovered well to win in Toronto Sunday afternoon, thanks in part to Rasual Butler breaking out of a mini-slump and hitting some big shots in the fourth quarter. Neck spasms kept Tyson Chandler out of both games.”
Hornets.com says: New Orleans is 4-1 when Chandler sits out a game this season, but his absence appeared to be costly in the defeat to the Celtics. Boston outrebounded New Orleans 48-42 and extended several critical second-half possessions by grabbing offensive boards.