The Hornets had a 2.9 percent chance of securing a top-three pick, based on the weighted lottery among the NBA’s 14 non-playoff teams. They had a 90.7 percent chance of sticking at No. 11 and a 6.3 percent chance of falling back to No. 12.
Coach Steve Clifford, whose Charlotte Hornets missed the playoffs for the second time in his four seasons, said this year’s team didn’t have an “overpowering roster” while playing in a strong Eastern Conference.
Steve Clifford, who had never been tossed in 325 games as an NBA head coach, was ejected for drawing two technical fouls during the first half of the Hornets’ 121-114 loss to Boston on Saturday night at the Spectrum Center
The Wizards returned from a five-game trip and stopped a three-game slide. Tying Toronto for the third seed in the Eastern Conference, Washington dealt Charlotte a significant blow after it had crept closer to a playoff spot with a three-game win streak.