Game On: Hornets at Spurs

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Published: October 30, 2010

Tonight is a battle between the San Antonio Spurs 1.0 organization and the San Antonio Spurs 2.0 organization.  Demps vs Buford.  Williams vs Popovich.  Paul(Wake Forest) vs. Duncan(Wake Forest).   The Spurs have only played a single game so far this season, and they won that one handily 122-109 vs. Indiana. (Side note: Collison went for 19 an 7 on 13 shots)

The Spurs did it in typical fashion, getting twenty points from each of its big three and finding three others to contribute as well.(Jefferson, Hill and Anderson that time)  The Hornets will need to find a way to limit those other contributions, and if they do, will have a good chance to win this game because the Spurs aren’t the defensive juggernaut they once were.  If the Hornets get some stops, they’ll have enough open looks of their own to win the game.

Matchups

At point guard, there is the usual battle between friends Parker and Paul.  I fully expect Parker to match Paul’s scoring numbers – but his all around game, defense, and ability to break a defense to pieces has never been a match for CP3.

On the wings, Jefferson and Ginobili will take on Ariza and Belinelli.  The Spurs have more scoring punch, and Ginobili is as good an all around wing player as there is in the league.  Still, if Belinelli can hit his open shots, and Ariza makes Ginobili work a little, this shouldn’t be a tremendous advantage for the Spurs.

Up front, Duncan is a monster, and he’s starting at center next to DeJuan Blair until import Tiago Splitter fights his way through a calf strain.  Duncan is fundamental and tough, and Blair is energetic and aggressive on the boards, if undersized.  This should be a good battle between them and West/Okafor, but I expect the Hornets to hold the scoring edge, and the Spurs to hold the rebounding edge.

That leaves the benches.  Right now, like Monty Williams, I don’t know what the best rotation is.  We’ll probably see the bench continue to be 6 deep until he settles on his rotation, and we’ll have to hope it continues to produce as it has the previous two games.  (32 points a game off the bench?  That’s a huge change from previous seasons when getting a score of points from the bench was a coup.)

Anyways, stick around to talk up the game.  Oh, and not to depress you, but I have the recap tonight.  My track record of recaps and games isn’t particularly shiny.

Other News:

Tony Parker signed an extension today that will make him a Spur through the 2011-12 season, meaning he and CP3 could both be free agents in the summer of 2012- the same season that Raymond Felton comes off the books for the Knicks. Food for thought.

The Vegas Zone

The line opened at 7.5 and has since moved to 8.5 points. 93% of the gamblers who are betting just on the money line are betting on the Hornets, who are +325. Meanwhile, when the points are factored in, 74% of gamblers are taking the Hornets plus 8.5.  The over/under for this game is 197.5, and over 60 percent of those betting are taking the over, which is surprising since the Hornets have not allowed an opponent to score 100 this season.  Last season the Hornets were swept by San Antonio and only covered the spread in 1 of the 4 games.

NBA 2K Simulation

So far, the NBA sim is 1-1, correctly predicting the Hornets victory over Denver while failing to come close to getting the Bucks game right. Let’s hope the sim is right tonight however, as it spit out a thrilling overtime Hornets victory that saw 6 players finish in double figures.

118 comments
Stole Pigeon
Stole Pigeon

Good to see CP3 play with some real players and not a group of bartenders. Keep up the good work Dell Demps and Coach Williams. J. Smith, W.Green, and Ariza have been great additions.

QueenBee
QueenBee

Eat your heart out Sean Elliott! LOL!!!!!!!! Good win Monty! Good win Hornets!!!

QueenBee
QueenBee

It's a good thing the Spurs were missing a slew of 3's. Ginobili himself went 2-11.

Hornet
Hornet

Awesome showing from the Hornets. Suck it ESPN experts.

Nik
Nik

loveeeedd that game i loved that marcus got beat on in the stomach by west for lossing his starting job and still putting down 17 bayless needs to get a touch more confident and we need to still tighten our d a bit (we lost a 15-18 pt lead realtively fast) but hell yeah we look good on both sides of the ball

tyler
tyler

chris paul might stay with us the way we playing. and marcus marcus marcus marcus.

Adzs-London bee
Adzs-London bee

3-0 yeeessss well worth staying up till 3 in the morning for the hornets just made my day/evening/morning :D

peronas
peronas

3-0!!!! Great win for many reasons, first on the road, second game of a back to back, and against a SW division rival, and of course its against the spurs, so yea very happy right now!

Eman5805
Eman5805

The quest to make Chris Webber eat his words continues. Let's get it, Hornets!

winze
winze

hahahhah west punching Marcus heh

pinoyballah
pinoyballah

yeah i think thornton traveled during this haha.

winze
winze

3-0 start to the season wooooooooooooooooooooooot

pinoyballah
pinoyballah

booyah! 3-0. whoever underestimated us, look at us now.

Adzs-London bee
Adzs-London bee

Paul shows why hes the best of the best pg's in this league ;P

winze
winze

PAUL with 2 sec left on the clock lays it in, awesome simply too good

QueenBee
QueenBee

Stay on this Neal guy please.

QueenBee
QueenBee

We need points! Come on. And defense!!!

QueenBee
QueenBee

Those with Spurs feed, what is Sean Elliott saying now?

peronas
peronas

They keep going on about this Neal guy and how CP3 misses Tyson on every pick and roll set they run

CarnbY
CarnbY

Did anyone see what happened to DWest?

QueenBee
QueenBee

Spurs are always trying to take David West out.

Adzs-London bee
Adzs-London bee

Shoulda called time out straight after that hill fast break dunk stop any momentum man :S

QueenBee
QueenBee

So Peja hasn't played at all tonight right?

peronas
peronas

Yea I was just noticing this looking over the box score

pinoyballah
pinoyballah

must be montys way of resting peja. cause u know pejas 15 mins a game wears him down

QueenBee
QueenBee

These guys just look like they like playing for Monty.

Adzs-London bee
Adzs-London bee

The step up in defense is definetly noticable and game changing, hats off to monty, lets just keep this gap alive and the wins there for the taking....seriously starting to get worried at my new found optimism for the season loool

vanlee23
vanlee23

These guys remind me of the saints last year.We always are gonna be ok on Offense because we have Chris(or Drew Brees). But you add good D to the mix, and it's freakin ON!!!!!!

pinoyballah
pinoyballah

thornton was saving his offense for the season...

QueenBee
QueenBee

He must've been pinoyballah! He must've been. Hahaha!!

vanlee23
vanlee23

16 point lead. I am starting to love this team like it was 07!

vanlee23
vanlee23

Wow. Just like in football, defense wins championships.Let's go boys!

peronas
peronas

Good adjustments at the half they came out looking a lot more composed and aggressive

pinoyballah
pinoyballah

wow...really mbenga.. thats the best shot you can do?

winze
winze

wow our 2nd unit this season is actually not a liability, makes such a big difference

QueenBee
QueenBee

My son said Paul is playing park ball with these boys. LOL!!

QueenBee
QueenBee

West needs to dunk the darn ball. Yes Timmy, you walked!

MaxALM
MaxALM

this is BEAUTFIULLLLL

QueenBee
QueenBee

We gotta keep it up MaxALM. We gotta keep it up!

QueenBee
QueenBee

I want a 20pc on these boys. LOL.

winze
winze

Paul going sick11111111 :P

peronas
peronas

Paul is carving up the spurs interior right now :)

QueenBee
QueenBee

Come on!!! LET'S GEAUX!!!!!