What Hornets need to do to win the East

Success on the road and consistency on defense will determine whether the Hornets are East title material.

Updated: December 13, 2002, 1:30 PM ET
By Fred Carter | Special to ESPN.com

What's the first thing ESPN's Fred Carter does on NBA 2Night or SportsCenter? He points at you. So we've asked the former NBA player and coach to make some points for ESPN.com each week.

The Eastern Conference title race looks like it will come down to a battle between New Jersey, Boston, Indiana and Philadelphia. In their first year in a new city, the New Orleans Hornets hope to stay in the running, though.

Here are three points that will determine whether the Hornets can make ...

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