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
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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
QueenBee

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

tyler
tyler

im sorry other than chris paul marcus is ma favorite

QueenBee
QueenBee

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

QueenBee
QueenBee

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.

tyler
tyler

and i a thornton fan

tyler
tyler

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

QueenBee
QueenBee

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.

QueenBee
QueenBee

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

tyler
tyler

that whould be so stupid

QueenBee
QueenBee

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.

Diane
Diane

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.

QueenBee
QueenBee

"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.

QueenBee
QueenBee

What do you mean surprise entrance for the first game?

Hornet
Hornet

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
QueenBee

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
QueenBee

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.

Hornet
Hornet

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?!

L_Reazy
L_Reazy

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

QueenBee
QueenBee

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%.

QueenBee
QueenBee

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.

LSUhornet17
LSUhornet17

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

QueenBee
QueenBee

Marcus' shooting still sucking but he has 6 rebs.

urgmasdaughter
urgmasdaughter

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

QueenBee
QueenBee

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

Stefan
Stefan

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

LSUhornet17
LSUhornet17

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.

QueenBee
QueenBee

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.

urgmasdaughter
urgmasdaughter

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

QueenBee
QueenBee

Good job staying with that play Pops.

QueenBee
QueenBee

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

QueenBee
QueenBee

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
urgmasdaughter

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
QueenBee

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

QueenBee
QueenBee

I am LIKING Jason Smith!

urgmasdaughter
urgmasdaughter

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

QueenBee
QueenBee

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

QueenBee
QueenBee

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

QueenBee
QueenBee

Hornets have 1 player in double figures. SMH.

QueenBee
QueenBee

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

urgmasdaughter
urgmasdaughter

These announcers are awful. I may do the same

QueenBee
QueenBee

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

QueenBee
QueenBee

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