New Orleans Hornets: The Hornets may have lost two games in a row but not the confidence of their coach. "You might say we've had our confidence shaken somewhat," Tim Floyd said in the Times-Picayune. "Our job is to heal it, mainly by doing a better job on the defensive end, also by doing a better job of getting the ball inside, with the pass, with dribble penetration. Am I confident? Yes. Why? Because of the character our guys have shown with their attitude, with their approach. I feel we were successful in establishing a kind of identity, sharing the basketball and playing tough on the defensive end. Now the challenge is to sustain it the rest of the way." And he can't wait until Jamal Mashburn returns, which may be at the end of this month. "All I can tell you about Mash," Floyd said, "is I've never seen anyone, with my own eyes, work any harder than he did during the offseason. While Baron was getting himself in great shape out in California, Mash was here working every day. I'm sure that's what made his injury after only a few practices so tough on him."
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