--The Hornets' seventh-place standing in the West would have them paired against the second-place Lakers if those seedings were to hold at the end of the regular season. The regular-season records suggest that would be the worst possible match-up for New Orleans. The Hornets lost all four games against the Lakers, including a 102-84 loss on Sunday in Los Angeles. Even a match-up with the top-seeded Spurs would seem preferable as the Hornets split the four games with the Spurs, winning handily both times.
--The game against the Lakers offered a much greater challenge inside for the Hornets than they faced in playing the perimeter-oriented Suns on Friday. The Hornets outscored the Suns, 42-18, in the paint in a 106-100 victory. The Hornets scored the same number of points in the paint against the Lakers, but allowed 32 more to get outscored by eight.
--The Hornets struggled with their shooting. They shot just 50.2 percent (35-of-97) from the floor and 17.6 percent (3-for-17) on three-pointers.
--The Hornets signed F Patrick Ewing Jr. to a 10-day contract in the wake of losing F David West to a season-ending knee injury. Ewing has played in 49 games this season with the Reno Bighorns and Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League, averaging 17.7 points, 9.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists.
"He played well in the D-League," coach Monty Williams said. "He can play (both forward positions) and probably shoots it better than most people realize. He can defend a little bit, which may help us switch (on screens) when he gets an opportunity to play, if that happens." Ewing dressed for the game against the Lakers but did not play.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"This is not a team we match up good with this year." -- Chris Paul on the Lakers, who swept the season series against the Hornets and who could be a first-round playoff opponent for them.
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