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For the Hornets the Quest for the Playoffs Continues Even With No Deadline Moves

With just twenty-seven games left the Hornets are focused on one thing, that thing is getting back to the playoffs
If you were reading the rumor mill up until last Thursday' s three pm deadline you would've been expecting a big move from Charlotte, the team had been mentioned in deals for Bradley Beal, Kevin Love, Harrison Barnes, Jrue Holiday, Marc Gasol and several other big named NBA talent. But in typical Hornets fashion, the team ended up with nothing instead of something, we're yet to see what GM Mitch Kupchak's master plan is but it surely has two things at the top of the list the first being resign Kemba and the second finding Kemba a co-star.

Currently, the Hornets sit at 27 and 28, 7th in the increasingly top-heavy east. They're two games behind the sixth-seeded Brooklyn Nets and two games ahead of the eighth-seeded Detroit Pistons. With the league's third-hardest schedule the rest of the season the Hornets will be fighting an uphill battle to gain on the Brooklyn Nets and to not lose ground to a surging Pistons team.

The Hornets will be relying heavily on two things if they want to be able to make some noise the rest of this season. The first will be the longtime team captain and NBA All-Star Kemba Walker, Walker is, of course, fantastic but he is what gives this painfully average Charlotte team a chance against some of the East's top tier teams when Kemba struggles the Hornets don't win but when Kemba is playing out of his mind the Hornets have a chance against any team.

The second thing is Malik Monk, all season Malik Monk has been a wild card for the Hornets. Some games Malik Monk will lead Charlotte in scoring and absolutely take over a game with his scoring ability, however, many games he will miss shot after shot and give up easy points on the other end. Which Malik Monk the Hornets get will have a big effect on whether or not this team finds itself as the sixth seed or the ninth seed outside looking in.

For Charlotte, this season could have multiple endings all of them are ones that the Hornets faithful are very familiar with, the Hornets will either be getting embarrassed by a top-seeded team or sitting at sixty-six wins wondering how this cap filled team can somehow improve. If they want to make some noise however and possibly challenge one of the East's best the Hornets will need to get consistency from Kemba along with praying that Malik Monk can become the scorer many believe he was destined to be.