There were many in the NBA community who felt that New Orleans/Oklahoma City had finally shed their losing ways, that the team had it in them to make the playoffs.
Rookie Chris Paul and the Hornets have silenced the likers.
The Hornets mercilessly executed the game of basketball in Utah Monday night, falling by 24. They've now managed to collect 12 losses in their last 13 games and are giving a mighty scare to Chicago, Golden State and Houston, who will have to drop their games to a lower level to not be competitive.
"You're seeing Hornets basketball right here," said forward P.J. Brown. "Don't not doubt us because at crunch time, every one of these guys knows how to lose."
The only other dog on the schedule was Golden State, and the Warriors fought little to keep the pace, watching their former teammates Antawn Jamison and Gilbert Arenas put up 71.