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  • The Hornets enter tonight’s game mired in a four-game losing streak, and have lost six of their past seven games, which coach Monty Williams attributed partly to his team’s sloppiness, having committed more than 20 turnovers in road losses to the Timberwolves and Nuggets. Williams said he expects the total turnover count to be less than 10, and if it’s 12 or more, “We better be doing something really special on the other end.”
  • Tonight’s appearance in the New Orleans Arena serves an oasis of sorts for the Hornets. Due to New Orleans hosting the Super Bowl last weekend, and Mardi Gras arriving this week, this is the Hornets’ only home date during an eight-game stretch. Williams said his team, including rookies Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers, are getting a lesson about the rigors of the NBA routine. “There’s no other way to slice it. It’s difficult. This is one of those difficult points and we have to pass it and even if our record isn’t where we want it to be, we are showing our guys just how tough it can be sometimes in this league. They may not see growth from it until the summer, when they process exactly what they went through.”
  • Suns‘ coach Lindsey Hunter said he’s seen progress by rookie point guard Kendall Marshall who played a season-high 33 minutes in Tuesday night’s 96-90 win over the Grizzlies. He also feels a sense of familiarity with Marshall — who allotted more than 10 minutes just twice prior to February — as a former point guard. “I know I how I would want to be brought along,” Hunter said. “And I see him and therefore put him in a position where I think he needs to be and what I think he’s ready for.”
  • Hunter also praised the performance of forward P.J. Tucker, who has averaged 8.3 points and 7.3 rebounds in his past three games and has stood out as the Suns’ most versatile defender. “We have put P.J. on everybody from the one to the five,” Hunter said. “I just still challenge him to get in the gym and shoot 1,000 corner 3-pointers because that’s where his offense is going to come from.”

Scott Kushner

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