After winning three straight, the Lakers fell Sunday to the
The Hornets have struggled for consistency this season, but are still in the playoff hunt in the Eastern Conference.
Six teams are still in contention for the seventh and eighth postseason berths in the East, including the Miami Heat (26-33),
While the Lakers are trying to develop younger players such as rookie guard
Charlotte will play without point guard
With Walker sidelined, the Hornets acquired
Williams has given the team badly needed offense, averaging 23.4 points and 7.0 assists a game, through five appearances -- while hitting at least 37 minutes in four.
The Lakers have gotten strong play recently at point guard from Clarkson in a starting role and Jeremy Lin off the bench.
The Lakers played some of their best basketball of the season before the loss to the Thunder.
If they come to Charlotte with that same spirit, they might steal a win on the road.
Given that the Hornets are fighting to make the postseason, they should bring enough of an effort to fend off the upstart Lakers.