Game On: Bucks @ Hornets

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Published: October 27, 2010

The Hornets join 25 other teams who are in action on the second night of the 2010-2011 regular season, and let me be one of the many to pump my fist in excitement. The Bucks are the first potential victims of the year for the Hornets, who are hoping to remain undefeated

The Hornets are hoping to put a poor preseason, which they finished a league worst 1-7, behind them. It shouldn’t be hard considering the starters played only a single quarter together. Don’t let that fool you, though. The team is healthy and the starters are all expected to play major minutes against a talented Bucks team.

The Bucks broke out last year, finishing 46-36 and making the playoffs to end a three year drought. Center Andrew Bogut missing the playoffs with an injury was the only thing that stopped them from advancing past the first round.

As for match ups, Brandon Jennings versus Chris Paul will be something to watch, as we see a healthy Paul back in regular season action for the first time since January. Jennings is coming off a great rookie season which saw him selected ahead of Hornets guard Marcus Thornton as a member of the first team All-Rookie squad.

Emeka Okafor will have his hands full with Andrew Bogut, who made a big leap last year. Bogut, the former number one pick in the 2005 NBA draft, is healthy again and expected to have another great year. He should be considered one of the top centers in the game today, and a serious problem for the Hornets. In his lone showing against Okafor last year, Bogut thoroughly dominated, finishing with 26 points and 13 rebounds in only 30 minutes of time. If the Hornets let him get rolling it will mean trouble.

The Bucks and Hornets split two meetings last season with the home team prevailing on each occasion.

Michael is going to be running a simulation of each Hornets game on NBA 2K11, and that can be found here-

NBA 2K Simulation

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Take a peek over at Bucksketball.com for their preview

Updates From the Arena

  • Marcus Thornton (strained left Achilles) is probable
  • The Hornets have won 8 of the last 9 games versus the Bucks
  • The Hornets have played the Bucks (78 games) more than any other team in their franchise history
  • The Hornets will see the Bucks again in Milwaukee on November 6th
  • Making their debuts tonight: Coach Monty Williams, trainer John Ishop (who will hopefully keep the team injury free), Quincy Pondexter (unlikely to dress), Larry Sanders
  • Inactives for Milwaukee- Chris Douglas-Roberts, Darington Hobson, Michael Redd
  • Inactives for New Orleans- Joe Alexander, Quincy Pondexter, Aaron Gray
  • I’ll be on ESPN’s Daily Dime chat throughout the game, live from the Arena.

Monty Williams pregame press conference quotes-

“I think that David and Chris have been in enough battles together to know how to adjust to certain situations. It’s my job to get the the freedom to do what they do well and everyone else has to follow suit.”

“I’ve talked to the guys, and instead of going out there and beating eachother up [during practice], let’s beat somebody else up”

On the bench- I’ve got to let those guys play a little bit, but not to the point where we’re losing games”

On who isn’t playing- Aaron, Joe, and Quincy. “might have been the hardest thing I’ve had to do, is putting those guys on the inactive list”

“Unfortuantely we don’t have  alot of time to jsut let guys go out there and play together. He works his tail off. If he’s not a gym rat, he’s a gym nutria.” ” we’ve been talking about how he needs to keep his game in a box”.

If you’re out there with Chris Paul, you don’t need to make plays.” “He will serve it up and you guys gotta eat it”.

“I can read his [Paul's] expressions on the floor and at times it’s like he’s reading my mind. I’m about to call out the plays and he calls some variation of it at the same time.”

“Marco is a guy who can handle the ball, but his greatest asset is that he can shoot the ball.”

“On Thornton’s confidence- “I have no idea. You would have to ask Marcus.” “Marcus isn’t… he doesn’t lack confidence.” “he had  tough preseason but thats ok for a guy like him It’s not all on him. I put him in situations where he [struggled], so a lot of that falls on my shoulders”

On the lead up to his first game as a head coach- “I tried to walk around, got everyone in my neighborhood telling me how to do my job. I take my dog out. He craps on the front yard and I go back inside.”

If you haven’t been to a game, you are missing out on some fun. Here’s a video of the pre-game party outside the arena-

78 comments
hewhorocks
hewhorocks

Okafor didnt take a shot? Smith seemed to do well enough but he needs to take 2 steps in on those jumpers. 3 for 10. Yikes. Good win.

peronas
peronas

Great win! Players attacking the rim and the team defense late was a refreshing sight. Ariza and Belinelli got to be loving the number of high quality looks they're getting playing along side CP3 and West, it'd be nice if a few more of them dropped though.

QueenBee
QueenBee

They'll probably get us back when we go to Milwaukee in another week or so. Ugh.

CarnbY
CarnbY

Whoooo! Hell yeah, great game!

QueenBee
QueenBee

Geaux Hornets!!!! WOOOO!

peronas
peronas

ah just like last year.... going down to the wire

Akademik.Hooligan
Akademik.Hooligan

With the way the last year went, making the Chandler-for-Okafor trade was a waste. Meka simply doesn't want it enough in my opinion. I know Bill Simmons isn't the most popular name to say around these parts but I believe he rated Okafor's contract as one of the worst, if not the very worst in the NBA. On the other side, Fluffy's was rated as one of the best.

QueenBee
QueenBee

Look at there. West's rhythm is messed up now. Doggone it!

QueenBee
QueenBee

Let's give it more than one game. I haven't been paying much attention to Okafor. I guess that's because he's not really doing anything but I'd like to see what he can do with a few games under his belt. This season.

Michael McNamara
Michael McNamara

Okafor defenders.... I would love to hear from you tonight. I need a reason to be happy he is on this team (especially considering his contract)

Michael McNamara
Michael McNamara

Highest APG in single season is 14.5 per game. I can honestly see CP3 breaking that this season if everything goes right. Just sayin.

QueenBee
QueenBee

D*mn! West now has 5 fouls. He was the one on fire for us. Dang!!!

QueenBee
QueenBee

Thanks for taking that charge Trevor!

peronas
peronas

Finally he gets one to drop!

da_freshness
da_freshness

Cookies is now 4/11 ..... put in Buckets....

da_freshness
da_freshness

wow..... The work horse is making a statement tonight!

QueenBee
QueenBee

Time to geaux on a run Hornets! Let's GEAUX!

QueenBee
QueenBee

Can't let Jennings waltz to the basket like that.

QueenBee
QueenBee

Paul and West have such good chemistry. Man oh man.

QueenBee
QueenBee

Can't let Gooden get that deep in there. Come on now.

QueenBee
QueenBee

Dang. We could have a nice lead right now if Belinelli were knocking down his outside shots.

Akademik.Hooligan
Akademik.Hooligan

Maggette & Salmons have always given us nightmares. Loving the new offensive schemes though... running transition, cuts, and good ball movement. Belinelli just might be our best addition of the offseason. All this team is missing is a 2007-08 Tyson Chandler + some decent big backup. Smith reminds me of Sean Marks, and not in a good way.

QueenBee
QueenBee

Going into the 3rd now is just like starting the game all over again. Tied. Ugh.

Michael McNamara
Michael McNamara

Mbenga D- J Smith- F Everybody else doing well. This team needs to find a backup big BADLY

m_W
m_W

I want Gray back.

Joe Gerrity
Joe Gerrity

I thought smith played fine. Not fine as in good, but fine as in he's as good as Songaila.

QueenBee
QueenBee

What is with the 1 of 2 free throws CP has been making lately?

QueenBee
QueenBee

Saw that fast break with CP and Belinelli just now? That's what the Hornets have been wanting. Some players that can run with this guy.

peronas
peronas

@QueenBee - agreed An everytime smith takes that long jumper I cringe

QueenBee
QueenBee

@peronas-I know right? I know Smith can make those shots but he hasn't been doing it in this game.

QueenBee
QueenBee

Come on man! I don't want to see the Bucks with the lead at any point.

QueenBee
QueenBee

We have to start knocking down those 3's Hornets! We've had ample opportunities.

QueenBee
QueenBee

Dang. West now has 3 fouls so he'll probably sit for the rest of the 1st half.

Bug Marley
Bug Marley

Guys, is CBS right saying that Smith, Ariza, Thornton, Paul, and J-Bay are on the floor. What do you think of this lineup?

QueenBee
QueenBee

When Maggette fouls he always has that look like "what did I do?" LOL!

peronas
peronas

That's a good way to start things Thornton!!!!

QueenBee
QueenBee

Salmons always kills the Hornets but I bet if he were a Hornet he wouldn't kill anybody. Here comes Marcus!!!! Go to work Marcus. Good luck to you!

QueenBee
QueenBee

14 free throws for the Bucks in the first quarter. Stop sending them to the line!

QueenBee
QueenBee

God I hate to see us lose that lead.

QueenBee
QueenBee

Draw some fouls on Maggette.

da_freshness
da_freshness

Maggette is playing possessed right now....... that said.. .... .... PUT IN BUCKETS!

QueenBee
QueenBee

I said one of the keys was to keep Maggette's arse off the free throw line! I don't guess they heard me from here. LOL!