Coach Steve Clifford, whose Charlotte Hornets missed the playoffs for the second time in his four seasons, said this year’s team didn’t have an “overpowering roster” while playing in a strong Eastern Conference.
Steve Clifford, who had never been tossed in 325 games as an NBA head coach, was ejected for drawing two technical fouls during the first half of the Hornets’ 121-114 loss to Boston on Saturday night at the Spectrum Center
The Wizards returned from a five-game trip and stopped a three-game slide. Tying Toronto for the third seed in the Eastern Conference, Washington dealt Charlotte a significant blow after it had crept closer to a playoff spot with a three-game win streak.
Friday’s Charlotte Hornets game against the Denver Nuggets could feature dueling Plumlee brothers. And Kemba Walker likely will pass 8,000 career points; he’d be just the second Hornet ever to hit that mark.
The Hornets (33-40) have drawn to within two games of eighth place in the NBA’s Eastern Conference with nine to play, including a home game Tuesday against one of the teams they’re chasing, the Milwaukee Bucks.