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by Darnell Mayberry Modified: April 12, 2013 at 5:53 pm •  Published: April 5, 2007

None were pretty, but the Hornets did what they had to do to get wins against the Knicks, Bucks and Sonics over the last week. The rest of the schedule is tough, though, and the Hornets are going to run into some mighty big challenges in the coming days.

It doesn’t help that nearly their entire team is hobbled right now…..
Chris Paul — sore left foot.
Desmond Mason — Possibly concussion.
Tyson Chandler — jacked up left toe.
Jannero Pargo — Right knee sprain.
Hilton Armstrong — sprained wrist.
Cedric Simmons — sprained ankle.
Bobby Jackson — sore right foot.
Peja Stojakovic — back surgery.

“I told Bobby (Jackson), I said, ‘If we didn’t have bad luck, we wouldn’t have no luck at all.’”

Tyson walked out of the Ford Center with one of those big black protective boots on his left foot. I don’t expect him to play Friday.

Desmond looked bad. I don’t expect him to play Friday.

Chris never sits. I don’t expect him to play Friday.

But here’s one way of looking at the situation. The injuries that this team encountered earlier this season might be a blessing in disguise. Guys like Jannero Pargo and Rasual Butler and Marc Jackson and Linton Johnson have played heavy minutes already this season. If they are forced to again for the next two or three games it won’t be anything new.

But will that experience be enough?

Teams are playing with a different intensity now. Can the Hornets keep up?

-DM-

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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