Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
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NEW ORLEANS ― Jarrett Jack chased down a loose ball to the corner, waiting only for the inevitable whistle that would signal yet another turnover, yet another Hornets mistake.
And when the whistle came, Jack shot a look back at Jason Smith, who inexplicably had thrown the ball behind Jack and into the backcourt for a turnover.
For the Hornets, Wednesday looked just like Monday afternoon against Portland or Saturday at Memphis or Friday against Minnesota or, well, you get the point.
“The turnovers, it’s the same thing every single night,” Hornets coach Monty Williams said.
It has become an epidemic of ridiculous proportions for New Orleans, one that continued in Wednesday’s 93-87 loss to Memphis.
The Hornets are a turnover machine, giving the ball away at just the wrong time when they can ill-afford it.
It seems there’s nothing Williams can do about it either because he can’t magically mature his young team and he has no magic potion that give them experience.
“We were trying to make home run plays,” Williams said. “That, to me, is a sign of inexperience. It’s also a sign that guys are trying their best, but there are times when you need to just back up. You don’t need to swing for the fences every single time.
“Singles would have gotten it done tonight.”
In the past seven games, of which the Hornets have lost six, turnovers have been a huge problem.
They’ve averaged 16 turnovers, which for a team that struggles to shoot, isn’t good.
Every possession counts.
“We’ve been playing this game long enough to where we know how to read defenses and read situations,” veteran point guard Jarrett jack said. “Again, that’s up to us. A lot of the time in basketball and sports in general, a lot of things happen on the fly.
“Everything is not going to be like you position them on a foosball table. You’re going to have to read and react. That’s us as a young team; we’ve got to be able to do that on the fly.”
Now it’s getting frustrating for those involved.
It has been frustrating, ever since the third game of the season when everything flipped off track.
“It gets frustrating after the second game, third game and then you kind of focus on it and it still bites you,” Jack said. “If you come in and you’re like, ‘We have to take care of the turnovers,’ and we still have 18 turnovers. That’s when it’s like, come on guys. We’re better than this.”
The question is, are they?