• The schedule has been so heavy with games of late that Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford didn’t have much time to self-scout his team. So on Monday and Tuesday, he watched a lot of video of the Hornets.
His biggest concern: They commit too many turnovers compared with last season.
• Speaking of the dense schedule, the next two days will be a treat. The Hornets don’t play again until Friday in Phoenix. They had gone the previous 11 days never having two days off between games.
• Clifford and some of his players acknowledged Tuesday that the terrible second half against the Los Angeles Lakers was about running out of gas. They had played to double-overtime Friday against the Atlanta Hawks, then flew cross-country Saturday.
• Condolences to Lakers guard (and ex-Tar Heel) Wayne Ellington, who learned while leaving Sunday’s game that his father had been slain in Philadelphia. Hornets guard Gerald Henderson, a high school teammate of Ellington’s, was there to help console him.