Hornets Head Home After Missing Playoffs Again


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Byron Scott, New Orleans Hornets coach, had asked Chris Paul to assess the Hornets’ second season, and Paul, a star point guard, started talking about goals that were achieved or missed. The point he drove home was that the Hornets did not make it to the playoffs.

In the last two years, Hornets played most of their home games in Oklahoma City but did not managed to reach the post season, getting eliminated from playoff contention in the final weeks both the years.

In Paul’s rookie year, when he won the Rookie of Year, the Hornets did not know what to expect after a 18 win season and then making a sudden move to Oklahoma after Hurricane Katrina struck. Under those circumstances, they were happy to win 38 games.

However, this season expectations were different after the Hornets acquired Peja Stojakovic, Tyson Chandler and Bobby Jackson in the offseason. However, the Hornets won just one game more than the previous season.

Scott said he was happy with the way his team played considering the injuries but was disappointed that they did not make it to the playoffs.

All five starter have had surgery since the beginning of the season. Chandler was the latest one to have a surgery to fix a turf toe injury in his left big toe. He missed the last seven games of the regular season. While Paul had a screw inserted in his left foot to help a stress reaction heal.

Earlier in April 2007, Desmond Mason underwent a surgery after breaking bones in his nose and cheek. In December 2006, David West had a surgery in his right elbow and Stojakovic had a disc fragment removed from his lower back.

When West, Paul and Stojakovic were out with injuries, the Hornets went 4-19. Paul was out for one month, West for two while Stojakovic for six.

However, after the All Star break, the Hornets climbed into the top eight in the Western Conference but could not keep the momentum going. They lost six games on a trot in early March. This ended the Hornets’ quest for a playoff chance. They finished three games behind Golden State Warriors for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.

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