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Game On: Hornets @ Bobcats
The Hornets travel to Charlotte for a rare late morning game (10 CST). Monty stated both before and after the Grizzlies game that he wants to get the starters more minutes as the preseason winds down, so we can expect to see 25-30 minutes from the likes of Belinelli, Ariza, and CP3.
Regarding Okafor and West, both are listed as questionable, but I doubt West plays. As for Okafor, it would be nice for him to get some time with CP3 in game situations. He had no preseason last year and only got a half of a season with Paul due to injuries last year. Those two developing chemistry is one of the biggest keys to the Hornets season.
The two other storylines to keep an eye on are Thornton’s attempts to break out of his slump, and the fight for the 14th (and perhaps 15th) roster spots. Most assume Jerrells will grab one of those spots, but don’t be so sure. His contract is not guaranteed and the Hornets essentially gave up a draft pick that isn’t a draft pick for him. If he doesn’t show something in these last two games, he could be waived like Shakur, or the Hornets can choose to stash him in the D-League.
As for Thornton, there seems to be a split between Hornets fans over whether to panic or not. It is true that preseason games don’t count, but remember that all these guys started off fresh with Monty. The new coach was not here last season when Marcus was lighting up the scoreboard. He and Demps have to evaluate this team moving forward, not looking back, and if Thornton shows himself to be a player who can only contribute to this team by scoring, then Monty will have no use for him if his shot is not falling.
Again, the game will not be shown on local TV or League Pass, but you can listen to it on radio.
No minutes for Marcus, Quincy, Joe, and Emeka. Emeka . . . whatever the reason, he is a special case. Joe . . . this can't be good for him. Quincy . . . maybe this is to explore how we'd play at the 3 with him in D-League. Marcus . . . maybe he's just asking Marcus to sit and watch, to play the game in his head. Or maybe he's trying to make him mad. Or maybe this situation is souring. I don't know if it's easier to see him not play or to see him play vastly worse than last year.
If CP would make more of his shots this game may be over already. If David West had not have gotten ejected this game may be over already. If we would've gotten to the free throw line more, this game may be over already.
Question: If the Detroit Pistons wanted Emeka Okafor and Marcus Thornton for Tayshaun Prince should the Hornets pull the trigger on that trade? We would still have Peja's expiring deal, along with Tayshaun's too, plus a potentially better rotation for 2010-2011. F-West 6"9, F-Prince 6"9, Smith 7"0, G-Ariza 6"8, G-Paul 6"0 F-Mensah-Bonsu 6"9, F-Stojakovic 6"9, C-Gray 7"0, G-Belinelli 6"5, G- Green 6"3 F-Alexander 6"8, F-Pondexter 6"6, C-Mbenga 7"0, G-Strawberry 6"5, G-Jerrells 6"0 L_Reazy
I can see a Pistons trade happening, but with different parts: Meka and spare parts (or 3rd team) for Rip and Wilcox. Or Peja for Rip and Wilcox (depending if Pistons want to clear space or overpay a big as opposed to overpaying a SG) Then MT5 gets moved in a different transaction that gets the Hornets back some size. Prince is too similar to Ariza and I know Monty loves Trevor. But Rip is the kind of guy I can see this new regime being interested in (proven winner, a vet, good bball IQ, etc.)
Something is not right. Suddendly Bellinelli has 4 fouls.. What is coach gonna do now? Play Green for the whole of 4th quarter? Why has not he used MT before? (Just keep him in the game in case Bellinelli does not perform well/has fouls/gets tired). it does not make sense.
Paul has 4 TOs berlin. Man, 3 quarters and no Marcus. I'm really getting worried now. A nearly full season of 20 points per 36 minutes and a 17+ PER can't just be a fluke.
How many turnovers does Paul have. He getting picked by the minute. Somehow I am happy I can only see it on gamecast. It feels like a trade in the making. But with Peja, Okafor and Marcus in the mix that would have be a major one. I am perplexed.
I think its major too but I cant figure out for who...what yall think? The only major players out there I see that might be on the trade block is Rip Hamilton, maybe Prince, Melo Anthony, Jamison, Monta Ellis, Vince Carter, Gilbert Arenas, Elton Brand....none of these guys fit with our new defensive mentality. Melo might work but I cant see him coming here. How sweet would it be if we could land Josh Smith!
I would really hate to get rid of Thornton. Maybe he's been hearing his name in trade rumors and it's on his mind HARD. I'm sure he loves playing for his hometown.
I find it interesting that Thornton hasn't played. Something has got to be brewing. I think theres another move in the works soon that involves him, and potentially Peja. We will have to stay tuned. I hope we don;t make a mistake. Defense is important, but a pure scorer is an asset as well in my oppinion.
watching gamecast and still no Thornton? think their protecting his trade value ? maybe be the 3rd team in the NY for Melo deal
Yeah. That could mean a few things. Thornton has a guaranteed contract and Strawberry doesn't. It could be that they want a better look at Strawberry. It could also more Thornton is in the doghouse. Or other things that are unfounded, like Thornton is hurt. Okafor? Him not playing is making me sick.
can we just trade green as soon as his 60 days is up for an actual pg who wont throw up illl advised prayers so often. chucky atkins? pooh jetter? kevin ollie? sean livingtson. ANYONEEEEEE