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“To say that we could do anything post-David West, it’s hard,” Williams said. “We’re going to be reinventing ourselves on a night-in, night-out basis because of the situation. Some nights we’re going to be able to play small. Some nights we’re going to do what we did in Utah and go big. It’s because of David’s situation that we have to. I don’t think it’s going to be one thing that we do from here on out.”

No matter what they try, the Hornets expect difficulty advancing in the playoffs, but won’t sell themselves short.

Paul even found some inspiration from recent developments in the NCAA tournament.

“You still got to play the games,” Paul began. “I don’t care what sport it is or what’s going on, you can’t predict nothing. You never know. Who had VCU in the Final Four?”