Originally created 05/01/01

Hornets anxiously wait for second round opponent



CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Baron Davis used Charlotte's rare weekend off to go to an amusement park and a barbecue. Eddie Robinson spent time with visiting friends. Coach Paul Silas just relaxed.

In between, they all watched a little basketball and waited to see who the Hornets will face in the second round of the playoffs.

"It would be nice to know who we're going to play, but all we can do is wait and see how it plays out," swingman Robinson said Monday. "We'll keep waiting, though. We're ready for whoever it is."

Charlotte wrapped up its first-round series Friday, sweeping the Miami Heat in three games.

The Hornets are now waiting for their opponent to emerge from the series between Milwaukee and Orlando. The Bucks have a 2-1 lead over the Magic and Game 4 is Tuesday night.

Even though it won't change the start date of the second round - Game 1 will either be Saturday or Sunday - Silas said he doesn't want the Milwaukee-Orlando series to go the full five games.

"I'd like to know who we're going to play so we can get prepared," he said Monday. "I believe that the longer it goes on, the winner of that series will have a distinct advantage because they've been playing and will have some momentum.

"We're just sitting around waiting and it's possible we can lose some of the edge we've had."

Most of the Hornets don't share Silas' concern about the long layoff.

Aside from getting two weekend days off to do whatever they wanted, the Hornets view the weeklong wait as a chance to rest their legs and allow nagging aches and pains to heal.

"I think the longer they play is good for us," Robinson said. "We want to go into the series rested with fresh legs while they keep beating each other up in that other series."

All the Hornets can do now is sit back and watch the series unfold. And that's exactly what most of them did Saturday night when the Magic beat Milwaukee in Game 3.

Silas said Charlotte had primarily been scouting the Bucks before then and has now started taking a look at Orlando. He said he watched the entire game, jotting down notes, and he plans to do the same for Game 4.

Davis also watched the game, but not as closely. Charlotte's second-year guard said he focused on the players he's likely to play against.

"I take mental notes and key on the players I would match up against," he said. "I look to see what moves he makes and watch his defense, all that's important for the defensive assignment I'll have in the second round."

The Hornets have no preference on who they'll play in the next round. They were 3-1 against the Bucks during the regular season and 2-1 against the Magic.

And Silas said both possible opponents have more similarities than differences, thus making it a little easier for Charlotte to begin its game plan.

"I think we match up well against either team," he said. "Milwaukee is a little tougher inside, but we'll take either of them. We're playing pretty well right now and we like our chances against anybody."