John Reid of the New Orleans Times Picayune reports:

New Orleans plays 11 of its next 16 games this month on the road. Despite its 13-3 record at the New Orleans Arena, the Hornets are in last place in the Southwest Division, a half-game behind the Memphis Grizzlies based on Sunday’s standings.

Hornets Coach Jeff Bower said he addressed his players Sunday about the challenges they face this month. After Utah, the Hornets play the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night at the Ford Center. The Thunder, led by Kevin Durant, is a surging young team that is in the playoff hunt with an 18-15 record.

“We talked about our schedule and our ability to address our road record,’’ Bower said. “We have a lot of road games, but we view it as an opportunity to make progress and move ahead.’’