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Kings Try To Break Losing Streak Against Fellow Punching Bag Hornets

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March 7, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; New Orleans Hornets center Chris Kaman (35) looks to the basket against Sacramento Kings center Chuck Hayes (42) during the first quarter at Power Balance Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE
March 7, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; New Orleans Hornets center Chris Kaman (35) looks to the basket against Sacramento Kings center Chuck Hayes (42) during the first quarter at Power Balance Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

If there's a Western Conference team against which to break a losing streak, it'd be the New Orleans Hornets. The Sacramento have now lost five straight and 10 of 12, and visit New Orleans on Wednesday. The Hornets are the only team in the West with a worse record than Sacramento, and the race is actually closer than you may think: the Kings are only four games better than New Orleans in the win column.

Chances are that the Hornets that the Kings see on Wednesday will be better than the previous three editions Sacramento saw. The Kings are 3-0 against New Orleans this season, but Eric Gordon didn't play in any of the previous match-ups. He's back ... sorta -- he missed Monday's game against the Lakers after returning over the weekend. He's questionable for Wednesday's game.

The Hornets are 6-11 over the past month, better than they'd been all season, and we know how awful the Kings are on the road. Ergo, this is a real potential loss. While I know my attention will be loaned to the specter of Thursday's NBA Board of Governors meeting, Keith Smart and the kids could use a win, and there is but one better opportunity the rest of the season (a lonely, hilarious visit to the Bobcats on April 22).

The game is slated for 5 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet California. Game threads will pop at 5 and 6:30. Let's go Kings!