The Hornets suck
(Don't worry, it's one of those ironic headlines, like Sam Cassell looks pretty, or Rasual Butler hates mirrors.)
The Hornets picked up their first loss of the season in Oakland last night, losing to the Warriors, 121-116 (box | recap | video | photos). The result brought to an end that unprecedented 24-hour period in which the Hornets were the lone undefeated team in the NBA. It was perhaps the happiest time of my life, save for that night two months ago where I almost had sex with a real girl.
Anyways, lets dive into some notes and thoughts and such…
- First four games — all wins — the Hornets give up no more than 93 points to their opponent. Last night — a loss — the Hornets give up 92 points thru three quarters, and 121 for the game. I'm not real smart or anything, but I figure there's a lesson there.
- Darnell Mayberry set a new personal-best with five blog entries yesterday from the game. Nice.
- Also in attendance and blogging their asses off were Golden State of Mind.
- Chris Paul had a phenomenal game, but I don't really care when the Hornets lose. I'm betting he doesn't either.
- Gotta give credit where it's due: Baron Davis killed us. 36 points, 9 assists, zero turnovers and that crazy lay-in that you've surely seen by now. Like Byron Scott said earlier in the week, "he has All-Star talent, no doubt about it."
If only he had the All-Star attitude and the All-Star ankles to go along with it, Warriors fans might see more games like that from Baron.
- The Hornets bench has sucked the past two games, collectively scoring 19 and 23 the past two games, compared to a 32.3ppg in the opening three.
- There's some noise over on the HR boards about the way Byron Scott handled the minutes last night. My opinion: He did what he had to do. It's a long season.
To hell with it, I'm moving on. No point dwelling on the losses. The Hornets are 4-1 now, and if they win four out of every five games this season, we'll have 65 wins. I'm pretty sure that's good enough to make the Playoffs.
The Hornets are back at it tonight when they visit the Blazers. Tip is at 9pm CT.
Zach Randolph has led Portland to a surprising 3-2 start by averaging a surprising 28ppg, which is surprising. Some dude named Jamaal Magloire is scoring 4.4 and grabbing 7.2 a night, while another dude named Dan Dickau is averaging 1.3ppg. Hmm. Rookie Brandon Roy has been putting up 14.5ppg.
Portland stayed home to beat the Lakers on Wednesday, 101-90, behind Z-Bo's 36 and 10. Dan Dickau helped, scoring one point. I'm guessing that was from a free-throw. Who's with me?
In actual news, just learned from here that Blazers chief Nate McMillan will miss tonight's game due to a death in the family. Sorry to hear it, Nate. Also from that link: Brandon Roy is questionable for tonight, while Darius Miles is out indefinitely.
There's plenty of Blazer blogs to check out for more on the game later. You'll find them listed below. There's five in total, which means pretty much every fan of the Blazers has his own blog.
(I was just kidding with that last bit. I do that sometimes.)