For the Charlotte Hornets, a 10-8 record is respectable but based on recent trends, it is not good enough. Coming off a 48-win season, Charlotte began this season by winning eight of its first 11 games and four of its first six home games. Starting with a five-point overtime loss in New Orleans, it has been difficult for the Hornets. The Hornets look to correct some of those negative trends Thursday night when they host the struggling Dallas Mavericks. On Nov. 19, the Hornets held a 14-point lead in the opening minute of the fourth quarter and wound up with a 121-116 loss to the Pelicans. The loss sparked a stretch of five losses in seven games, which continued during Tuesday’s 112-89 home loss to the Detroit Pistons. “There’s two ways you can look at this,” Hornets coach Steve Clifford said. “We can come in here and do the proverbial ‘It was the schedule and it’s five in seven, and they’re fresh.’ If you do that, you have the wrong expectations of what I think our team should be. We’ve done some good things to this point, but two things that are concerning are, one, we’re 5-5 at home, and… Read full this story
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