Hornets Have Playoff Hopes

Hornets' Al Jefferson During a Matchup with the Heat

The Charlotte Hornets are on a run.

Despite being seven games below .500, the Hornets are winners of eight of their last ten, sharing the same ten game record with Golden State, Memphis, San Antonio, and the L.A. Clippers. All of these teams have at least 29 wins. Only the Atlanta Hawks have a better ten game record than the Hornets, having won each of their last ten over the course of their current 16-game win streak. While the Hornets are currently enjoying the momentum they’ve generated during January, the next ten games are sure to be a tougher ride, especially with star Guard Kemba Walker sidelined with a torn meniscus.

Walker, who is averaging a team high 18.8 points and 5.2 assists per game, is not likely to return for at least six weeks, but could be out for the rest of the season depending on the final diagnosis and the treatment necessary. The injury certainly makes the Hornets’ playoff push more difficult, but because of the injury, G Brian Roberts will continue receiving an increased number of minutes. Roberts posted 27.75 fantasy points for FantasyDraft players during his 32 minutes on Saturday.

Aside from Walker, additional injuries and a tougher schedule will add a new level of difficulty to Charlotte’s road ahead. The Hornets will be facing five teams that currently have a record over .500 during their next ten games, including a two game stretch against the 31-15 Washington Wizards. Of the Hornets’ last eight wins, only two have come against a team with a winning record. The Hornets played only four games against any winning team during their last ten games, losing the other two match ups against both San Antonio and Cleveland.

Leading the way in terms of FPs in the absence of Walker will be center Al Jefferson and guard Lance Stephenson, both averaging 33.23 and 25.34 FPPG respectively.

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