Hornets living in a world of hurt

Why does Paul Silas have such a pained look? Because his two best players are injured.

Updated: April 26, 2003, 10:09 PM ET
By Jerry Bembry | ESPN the Magazine

PHILADELPHIA -- In the final minutes of Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the 76ers, Robert Traylor repeatedly kept looking over his right shoulder at the ramp leading from the Hornets' locker room. There would be no Baron Davis; he was seated to Traylor's left in street clothes. And there would no Jamal Mashburn; a chipped bone in his right middle finger had finished his night, as well as the Hornets' chances.

"We worked hard all year," Traylor would say later, a dazed look across his face. "What's ...

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