Hornets Wrap Up No. 4 East Seed
McGraw, Mike, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Mike McGraw Daily Herald Sports Writer
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -The Hornets faced quite a dilemma Wednesday night.
A victory over the Bulls would give them a chance at the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference and homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
But Charlotte has been better on the road than at home this season. So maybe homecourt edge wasn't such a good idea.
Whether it's good news or bad, the Hornets earned the No. 4 spot by defeating the Bulls 112-106, while Orlando and Philadelphia both lost. They'll play the Magic in the first round.
Once again Wednesday, the Charlotte Coliseum was less than half full for what was most likely the Hornets' final regular-season game there before moving to New Orleans next season. The NBA will vote on the team's relocation some time before May 17.
The fans who did show up for the game - the crowd was announced at 10,565 - were loud and appreciative. They received free T-shirts on the way in, and some were given Hornets coasters as an extra gift.
The Hornets' attendance has plummeted during the last three years. General disgust for the team's ownership is most often blamed for the drop.
"I'll miss them. I think it's just a shame that the team's leaving," said Hornets fan Steve Piraino. "I think Charlotte has made a mistake (by not building a new arena). Owners are owners."
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