The Hornets Beat the Hornets while the Cavaliers Watched
In the fourth quarter, both Chris Paul and James Posey decided they were done, drew their second technical fouls and went off to the showers early. I was in complete agreement with the sentiment.
That was a terrible game, made more irritating by the incessant ranting provided by the play-by-play crew. Yes, we could see the Hornets weren’t playing hard. Mark Jackson and Van Gundy needed to shut up. Observations:
- The Hornets were bad.
- Don’t believe anything Mark Jackson said. The Hornets are NOT a better defensive team from last year no matter what the per game averages are. Really, it’s not even close – and that could be easily seen by the ten or so wide-open three point shots in the first half. No rotation. No effort to rotate. Yeah, the Cavs shoot 35% on average – but that’s when people are contesting them. Leave em open, and surprise, they shoot well.
- Butler and Peja were the only guys playing hard from the tip.
- We tried to make a push in the second half, but by that point LeBron was dialed in from 19 feet, and hit enough to hold us off.
- West had his moments. In the first half, they were mostly bad moments. In the second half, they were mostly good moments – other than hitting a spectator in the fourth row with a bad pass, that is.
- The game was stultifyingly slow – and for a lot of it I was watching it at the lowest fast-forward setting on my TIVO, and it was STILL slow.
I don’t have anymore to say.