It has been a tumultuous week in the NBA. The Association is learning what it is like to play a season in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic as positive tests run rampant among rosters, forcing multiple postponements.
Despite that, the year rolls on. On Tuesday, the league unveiled new protocols in an attempt to contain the outbreak, essentially forcing teams into faux bubbles for the next two weeks with new restrictions. Commissioner Adam Silver has been adamant that postponing the league year is not in the cards, so we can continue with our weekly observations, and there are some good ones …
The Hot Hornets
When the Charlotte Hornets took the floor Jan. 6 in Atlanta for a meeting with the Hawks, they were stuck in the middle of a three-game slide in which they had posted a -15.3 net rating! However, once the final buzzer had sounded at State Farm Arena, the Hornets had a 102-94 victory in hand, and Charlotte has not lost since. The Hornets are 4-0 SU and ATS in their last four games and have outscored their opponents by 11.1 points every 100 possessions. That is the second-best net rating in the league over the last week, behind only the Portland Trail Blazers. So what changed?