Game On: Hornets @ Thunder

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Published: October 21, 2010

The Hornets close out their pre-season run tonight, taking on the young upstart Oklahoma City Thunder in OKC.

Okafor has been sitting out the past two games with no injuries listed, so it will be interesting to see if he plays tonight.  Monty seems pretty comfortable with what he’ll get from him, so he may sit again.  West will most likely be playing – and trying to keep his growly face in line so he doesn’t pick up two techs and get thrown out again.  West likes making growly faces, so we’ll see if he can pull it off.

Marcus Thornton, of course, has gotten less minutes every game until his new low of zero minutes against the Bobcats.  I’d like to think that’s because Monty knows what he’ll get from him and he’ll get normal minutes come the regular season, but that’s probably a fantasy.  Or, perhaps, Monty knows what he’ll get from him, and he thinks this is appropriate.  Argh.

The roster is set at fifteen right now with DJ Strawberry being waived earlier today.  I wouldn’t be surprised if the Hornets dropped one more player to give themselves a little roster flexibility for the upcoming year.  No reason to carry guaranteed contracts that won’t contribute at all.  Yeah, I’m looking at you, Joe Alexander.  Sitting right there at the end of the bench next to Marcus Thornton.  Argh.

Tip off is 7:00 PM CST.  Enjoy and talk it up in the comments.  QueenBee likes and deserves company.

Oh, and one more time with emphasis.  Argh.

107 Comments

  1. 42

    October 21, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    It’ll be nice to hear the pundits talking about the favorable effect on Chris’ vision of the future of New Orleans once he sees Durant and his team in the OC, built with patience in 2 small markets, with ownership change really being a powerful catalyst, along with the commitment of Durant, the resident superstar good-guy. After all, we had to endure how jealous he’d be when the Heat came to town and he saw he injured friends and how great it was for them with all the hanging out with the 2 other good people on the team.

    Yeah, it’ll be nice. I just might tivo that sucker so I can let the soothing sounds set me to slumber. Yawn . . . .

    • winze

      October 21, 2010 at 7:04 pm

      Durant has shown he is something special in terms of his basketball ability and performances and also his character.

      That being said when Lebron signed his first extension with the Cavs he was hailed as something similar and it wasn’t until his defection to be part of Wade’s house that the tables turned on him. (Ok well maybe they turned on him once he started being a prat about his future when it was put to him for the last 2 years, but the hammer didn’t drop until he had that “tv special” farce)

  2. rm

    October 21, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Is it being televised? Is it worth staying up in the early hours uk time to try and find a stream! More morning tip offs please. Great for me.

    • TopherPrice

      October 21, 2010 at 4:39 pm

      Its worth the watch, if you can find a stream, just to watch the Durantula. If you find one, let us know.

  3. cheifyoungblood

    October 21, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    I like it when he makes growly faces

  4. adzs-Londonbee

    October 21, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    @Rm im also in england got sixth form college in the morning so its a no no 4 me but if you want a decent stream try Atdhe.net

  5. Adzs-London bee

    October 21, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    @Rm im in england also can’t watch cos i got college in the morning but if you do stay up to watch try atdhe.net….always has every regular season game on there dno about pre season 1s though

  6. Diane

    October 21, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Won’t be going to the game tonight. Only tickets left are high dollar. Will listen on the radio. Its so much more fun watching growly face in person, I can still see his buzzer beater in my minds eye in 2005. That increase in fines is just ridiculous. I guess they will have to pick their times to get mad, I bet we will see alot of backs walking away.

    And – so sorry to hear about Strawberry.

  7. cheifyoungblood

    October 21, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    The Dream is Over ….. the wizards cut Adam ” The Conundrum ” Morrison , please hornets give a boy his dream back.

    • JCS

      October 21, 2010 at 5:13 pm

      With a mustache like his, I think he’s better off driving around in a muscle car solving mysteries.

    • 42

      October 21, 2010 at 5:24 pm

      Marks was released too. He had a hamstring injury that kept him from competing. It’s unclear if that mattered.

      Hilton is still going strong then?

      • winze

        October 21, 2010 at 5:38 pm

        Morrison is a D-leaguer or Euro player at best, NBA was never going to happen for him. Why would the Hornets waste their time with him when we have cut better players this pre-season already?

  8. Stefan

    October 21, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Yes! A link would be nice! I want to watch!! 😀

  9. JCS

    October 21, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    @QueenBee

    Any chance you can do a play by play like Gus Johnson?

  10. cheifyoungblood

    October 21, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    to appease me . and easy on ammo

  11. Forever504

    October 21, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    can someone tell me the radio station to listen to the game

    • 42

      October 21, 2010 at 6:49 pm

      106.7 FM in New Orleans. 94.1 FM if you are closer to Baton Rouge and that doesn’t work.

      http://www.nba.com/hornets/news/radio_buzz2.html

      KMEZ, 106.7-FM (New Orleans Flagship)
      KDBS, 1410-AM (Alexandria, LA)
      WEMX, 94.1-FM (Baton Rouge, LA)
      KFRA, 1390-AM (Franklin, LA)
      KLEB, 1600-AM (Golden Meadow, LA)
      KJIN, 1490-AM (Houma, LA)
      KFXZ, 1520-AM (Lafayette, LA)
      KLRZ, 100.3-FM (Larose, LA)
      KNBB, 97.7-FM (Monroe, LA)
      KBZE, 105.9-FM (Morgan City, LA)
      KANE, 1240-AM (New Iberia, LA)
      WFNO, 830-AM (New Orleans Spanish)
      KTIB, 640-AM (Thibodaux, LA)

  12. QueenBee

    October 21, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    I’m not sure where I read it at but I’m sure I recently read somewhere that Emeka is having a small ankle problem. I’ll see if I can find where I read it.

  13. Stefan

    October 21, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    I’m guessing these won’t work in Nevada. Damn…

    Looks like none of us will be getting a link tonight.

    On the bright side, I’ll be able to watch the next 82 games after tonight.

    • 42

      October 21, 2010 at 7:18 pm

      Some of the radio stations have online streams. Try their websites.

      • Stefan

        October 21, 2010 at 7:56 pm

        Thanks. I actually got the one working from NBA.com.

    • pinoyballah

      October 21, 2010 at 9:58 pm

      you in reno or vegas? im from reno but live in vegas now

  14. Hornet

    October 21, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    • QueenBee

      October 21, 2010 at 7:21 pm

      Thanks, when I checked this site earlier today they had no NBA games listed at all.

  15. QueenBee

    October 21, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    OK, I think I saw it in yesterdays NOLA.com chat.

    “John Reid, T-P: Hey Nick, Ask Coach Monty Williams about Emeka Okafor after the Memphis game on Monday night, and he said Okafor has experienced some soreness in his ankle, nothing serious, but they don’t want to take a chance, so that’s the reason. “

  16. QueenBee

    October 21, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Buckets is in the game!

  17. QueenBee

    October 21, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    And he turns over the ball. SMH. I don’t know what to say. He says he plays with a chip on his shoulder well I would like for that chip to translate into something good. Please.

  18. QueenBee

    October 21, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    I had to put these guys on mute. Just too much d*mn talking right now. LOL! I’m hungry and irritated.

  19. Hornet

    October 21, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    The instant replay timing is atrocious. They run them while the Hornets are running their offense.

    • QueenBee

      October 21, 2010 at 7:48 pm

      And what’s with all the “LET’S GO THUNDER” graphics at the bottom of the screen? You can tell they’re still getting used to having a team. LOL.

  20. QueenBee

    October 21, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    West 5-8 for 10 points in the 1st.

  21. QueenBee

    October 21, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    What a difference in yesterdays and tonights first quarter for Belinelli. Of course he doesn’t have the maestro out there setting him up but yeah, definitely different from yesterdays first quarter. Jerrells is probably nervous. Shooting bricks so far.

  22. QueenBee

    October 21, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Let me add that Jerrells DOES have 2 asts, 2rebs, and a steal though.

  23. QueenBee

    October 21, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    That’s right Jason Smith!!! GET THAT OUTTA HERE!!

  24. QueenBee

    October 21, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    I liked that block by Jason Smith. Can’t have guys waltzing to the basket like that.

  25. 42

    October 21, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    At least he got the basket.

    C’mon, buddy!

  26. Stefan

    October 21, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    So the radio announcers claim that they were told Buckets would get a lot of minutes tonight.

    Nice to see West in the game.

  27. QueenBee

    October 21, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Durant likes pulling that swing your arm up into the defender crap.

  28. Stefan

    October 21, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    This is tough to watch…

    Also, does anyone know why CP3 isn’t even with the team tonight?

    • CharmedHive

      October 21, 2010 at 9:18 pm

      Apparently for rest. “NWT- REST”

  29. QueenBee

    October 21, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Wow. Seemed like not too long ago it was 7 point game. I go get a slice of pizza and come back and we’re almost down by 20. LOL!!! I’m getting ready to go watch Nightmare On Elm Street in a minute. LOL.

  30. tyler

    October 21, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    d*mn were doing terrible

  31. urgmasdaughter

    October 21, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Did ANYONE else hear the Thunder announcers when they THOUGHT they were in break say “Wow, gonna be a long season” directed at the Hornets?!? WOW!!!

    • Stefan

      October 21, 2010 at 8:08 pm

      Yes! I wasn’t the only one who heard that. Let’s beat their asses.

      • urgmasdaughter

        October 21, 2010 at 8:11 pm

        The best part was his partner said “Yah looks like it”…dang! I’ll bring the torches let find where these guys live! haha

    • QueenBee

      October 21, 2010 at 8:09 pm

      I done already put them on mute. Hahaha.

      • Hornet

        October 21, 2010 at 8:13 pm

        Thank God we didn’t have these guys back when we were in OKC. Also do they even realize Chris isn’t even playing? Morons.

  32. QueenBee

    October 21, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    The Thunder started all of their regular starters tonight if I’m not mistaken so their commentators ought not be so excited at this point.

  33. Stefan

    October 21, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    We’re missing Paul AND Okafor.

    Damn, I’ve never seen people so damn high on an 8th place team in my life.

    • QueenBee

      October 21, 2010 at 8:18 pm

      The Thunder had never even beaten the Hornets until Chris Paul missed the games against them last season.

      • CharmedHive

        October 21, 2010 at 9:20 pm

        I know. They need to CALM THE HECK DOWN.

  34. QueenBee

    October 21, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Who will be the first Hornet player to hit a 3 pointer tonight? Will any Hornet hit a 3 pointer tonight?

  35. QueenBee

    October 21, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    West has been solid. Does he need to play the 2nd half? We know what he can do. Let Pops and Smith handle the PF position for the rest of the night.

  36. QueenBee

    October 21, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Willie Green starting the 3rd in place of Jerrells.

  37. QueenBee

    October 21, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    What the heck happened to Ariza just now?

  38. urgmasdaughter

    October 21, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Uh Oh! Ariza better be alright!!!

  39. QueenBee

    October 21, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Lord. We don’t need any injuries. Please Lord.

  40. QueenBee

    October 21, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Ok, so I’m listening to the Hornets radio but watching the OKC stream. Hornets radio online is soooo delayed. LOL.

    • urgmasdaughter

      October 21, 2010 at 8:32 pm

      These announcers are awful. I may do the same

      • QueenBee

        October 21, 2010 at 8:45 pm

        Looks like Ariza came back. I hope he doesn’t have any lingering effects to whatever it was that happened.

  41. QueenBee

    October 21, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    West came to play.

  42. QueenBee

    October 21, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Peja for 3!!!

  43. QueenBee

    October 21, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Hornets have 1 player in double figures. SMH.

  44. QueenBee

    October 21, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    But, the good thing is we’re not down by 30+. Hahaha.

  45. QueenBee

    October 21, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    I love West. I don’t care what anyone says. LOL!

  46. urgmasdaughter

    October 21, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    David West knows this is just a preseason game right?!? Boom shakalaka

    • QueenBee

      October 21, 2010 at 8:46 pm

      I know right? LOL.

  47. QueenBee

    October 21, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    I am LIKING Jason Smith!

  48. QueenBee

    October 21, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Do people in OKC really see the Lets go Thunder graphics and OKC logo at the bottom of their screen? That is so rooty poo. LOL!

    • urgmasdaughter

      October 21, 2010 at 8:53 pm

      It’s so big it covers the the players at the bottom of the screen. What are they thinking? AND the buffalo that comes up & beats the drum?!? You’re telling me if I live in OKC I gotta watch that EVERY game……NO WAY!!!
      If Hugo popped all the time and chanted let’s go & beat a drum I would go crazy!!!

      • QueenBee

        October 21, 2010 at 9:00 pm

        I agree!! I would have to call or write to Cox about that crap.

  49. QueenBee

    October 21, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Marcus going in there with that weakness at the end. Should’ve gave that boy the Gerald Wallace treatment. LOL!!

  50. QueenBee

    October 21, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Good job staying with that play Pops.

  51. urgmasdaughter

    October 21, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Can these graphics be any bigger? Nice steal & move by JErrels though

  52. QueenBee

    October 21, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    1-11 on 3’s for the Hornets. Too bad we couldn’t have knocked down at least half of those.

    Thank goodness this is the last preseason game.

  53. LSUhornet17

    October 21, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Marcus obviously trying to defer. He’s had about 3 assists that the bigs have blown though. I hope he sees a couple shots go through before the end.

  54. QueenBee

    October 21, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Marcus sucking on free throws too? What is really going on?

    • Stefan

      October 21, 2010 at 9:19 pm

      He still continuing to lose the ball of his foot and let it go through his hands.

  55. urgmasdaughter

    October 21, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    I am officially scared about Thornton. He gets the minutes and he does not look good at all.

  56. QueenBee

    October 21, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Marcus’ shooting still sucking but he has 6 rebs.

  57. LSUhornet17

    October 21, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    I think we’re watching the in-stadium feed. Hence the goofy graphics.

  58. QueenBee

    October 21, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    I don’t think I could ever watch a Thunder broadcast again. This is absolutely terrible. When the opposing team is on offense, they show grocery store ads and replays of the previous Thunder plays. Awful. Someone needs to give them a lesson in broadcasting.

  59. QueenBee

    October 21, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Monty needs to make these guys practice free throws. We should at least make 80% of our free throws. We’re currently at like 65%.

  60. QueenBee

    October 21, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Come on home boys.

  61. L_Reazy

    October 21, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    I guess we don’t know the actual ‘rotation’ yet, but is it safe to say that the ‘depth’ at each position will be:

    F-West, F-Ariza, C-Okafor, G-Belinelli, G-Paul

    F-Smith, F-Stojakovic, C-Gray, G-Thornton, G-Green

    F-Mensah-Bonsu, F-Alexander, C-Mbenga, G-Pondexter, G-Jerrells

    L_Reazy

  62. tyler

    October 21, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    wow marcus

  63. Hornet

    October 21, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    There’s something wrong with Marcus. There has to be. 1/5 from the line and 1/10 from the field? What’s going on?!

  64. Diane

    October 21, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    i

  65. QueenBee

    October 21, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Ok, so Belinelli missed all 5 of his shots, Trevor Ariza had 1 point, the Hornets couldn’t buy a 3 pointer tonight except for Peja’s lone 1 3 pointer. I’ve liked what Jason Smith has brought to the team. Well, it’s getting ready to get real now so I guess beginning next week we’ll see what’s what.

  66. Diane

    October 21, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    I don’t know what just happened – but I was going to say the announcers are from Thunder radio – so you are really listening to a radio broadcast they have a different way of describing the game.

    Any one find out whats going on with Chris Paul? Is this going to be some kind of surprise entrance for the first game? You would think they would play the regular players together for a while so they get use to it again. I guess they do that in practice but there’s nothing like a real game. The Hornet’s seem so disjointed – hope they can get it together for the season.

    • Hornet

      October 21, 2010 at 9:40 pm

      I’m guessing they wanted to rest him since he played 42 minutes yesterday. I’m assuming he has a place in Charlotte since he’s from there and just stayed there over night instead of traveling with the team. Again, these are all assumptions, but I’m leaning towards this as what happened.

      • QueenBee

        October 21, 2010 at 9:44 pm

        Let the speculations begin. At first I was glad he wasn’t there if he wasn’t playing because then Darnell Mayberry won’t be able to interview him and twist his words but there will probably be speculation as to why he wasn’t there anyways. SMH.

    • QueenBee

      October 21, 2010 at 9:41 pm

      What do you mean surprise entrance for the first game?

    • QueenBee

      October 21, 2010 at 9:53 pm

      “You would think they would play the regular players together for a while so they get use to it again.”

      Outside of Okafor, the Hornets starting unit played together yesterday in Charlotte. The Thunder’s starting 5 just played their first preseason game together tonight.

  67. QueenBee

    October 21, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Broadcasters say CP3 was at home. Said it was a part of his rest and Monty finally found a way to keep him out of a basketball game. He probably stayed in North Carolina after yesterdays game and will probably hit back to NOLA this weekend. Just my thoughts on that last part.

  68. tyler

    October 21, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    to be onest with you all i dont think nonoe will take marcus thornton form our team after what hes been playing like

    • QueenBee

      October 21, 2010 at 9:50 pm

      Well maybe that’s the idea. LOL!! He knows his name has been in trade rumors so maybe he thinks he’ll just stink it up for awhile so his value can drop for the time being at least.

      • tyler

        October 21, 2010 at 9:55 pm

        that whould be so stupid

      • QueenBee

        October 21, 2010 at 10:03 pm

        I doubt that’s really what’s going on Tyler. No need to be so serious.

  69. tyler

    October 21, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    and i a thornton fan

  70. QueenBee

    October 21, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Postgame Monty said he had to force Chris to go home and get some rest. That’s not a bad idea because he knows he’s going to need that guy this season.

  71. tyler

    October 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    im sorry other than chris paul marcus is ma favorite

    • QueenBee

      October 21, 2010 at 10:19 pm

      @tyler-I like Marcus too. I love watching him play and hope he comes out of whatever funk he’s in.

  72. 42

    October 21, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Our ‘bench’ actually did well. Smith was probably the best of them followed by Pondexter and Gray.

    Thornton didn’t do what we all wanted, but his line was better than Marco’s. He also started out of the gate with a turnover but overcame that. Monty didn’t pull him. He may not have really had a choice, but all things considered it@s not as simple as a poor shooting night.

    Silver linings?

    • QueenBee

      October 21, 2010 at 10:36 pm

      I still have faith that he’ll pull out of this.

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