Halfway through the Hornets game tonight, it seemed inevitable that the Hornets would matchup with Atlanta in the first round of the playoffs.
Around the start of the fourth quarter, all that changed.
Perhaps the best thing about the season ending is that we no longer have to worry about the incredibly complicated seeding scenarios. Due to a Celtics comeback against the Heat, the Hornets will face the Miami Heat in the first round.
This is good news for many of reasons. Not only does Charlotte match up better with Miami, but advancing to the second round as a six seed would mean avoiding Cleveland. More importantly, this matchup gives the Hornets a better chance of even advancing to the second round.
The Hornets went 2-2 against Miami this season, and just recently invaded South Beach to steal a game on the road.
The most encouraging thing going into the series is the success Al Jefferson has had against Miami. When the Hornets last played the Heat, it struggled to contain the nifty big man. Young center Hassan Whiteside bit on nearly every Jefferson pump fake, and as a result, struggled to stay in front of him.
But even past that, the Hornets are equipped to handle Miami. Goran Dragic struggled to guard Kemba Walker, and Courtney Lee has the frame and skills to guard Dwyane Wade.
The full series schedule should be released in the next 12 hours.
Lead Hornets Writer: Jonathon Hoppe