Game On: Hornets @ Rockets

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Published: November 3, 2010

Matchup: Hornets(3-0) @ Rockets(0-3)
Off Efficiency: Hornets 103.6(12th), Rockets 106.3(8th)
Def Efficiency: Hornets 97.7(6th), Rockets 112.4(30th)
Pace: Hornets 94.6(26th), Rockets 104.1(2nd)

The Hornets roll into Houston to face an almost desperate Rockets team still looking for their first win of the season.  The Rockets have the worst rated defense in the league right now – though a lot of that had to do with a run-and-gun shootout in Golden State that inflated the numbers.

Regardless, the Rockets have been unable to guard shots from the perimeter or at the hoop, and they have forced only 10 turnovers per game, which is the 29th worst in the NBA.  Offensively, they’ve been efficient behind the stellar early production of Kevin Martin and Luis Scola, but it hasn’t been enough.

Both teams have been poor on the boards, though the Hornets are one of the worst in the league, and the Rockets are merely bad.  Perhaps we’ll see a competition to see how many rebounds can hit the floor before someone touches it.

Simulation

In our running NBA 2K11 Simulation, the Hornets lose to the Rockets 134 to 85 and Paul manages 2 points.  Screw you, NBA 2K11.  You might be the best basketball game ever, but you are SO wrong.

Injuries:

Hornets: None
Rockets: Yao plays half-games due to worries about his feet.

Positional Analysis

PG: Chris Paul v Aaron Brooks
Advantage: Hornets
An efficient scorer last season, Brooks hasn’t shown much of that this year, firing away at 35% from the floor the first three games.  Unfortunately for the Rockets, Brooks doesn’t do much of anything else when he’s not scoring, so this is been a problem for him.  Paul, of course, is as deadly as he’s ever been – and he’s doing that while coasting for part of the game and picking his spots.

SG: Kevin Martin v Marco Belinelli
Advantage: Rockets
Kevin Martin scores more efficiently than any guard in the league.  1.53 points per shot, even when he’s struggling a little with his three-point shot.  In 3 games, he’s earned – and made – 30 free throws.   He’s not doing anything else – assists, steals, rebounds, defense – these are somewhat foreign to him, but expect Cookies and Buckets to be frustrated for a lot of the game.  Cookies, of course, hasn’t shown much efficiency at all, shooting poorly in all three games.

SF: Shane Battier v Trevor Ariza
Advantage: Hornets
The Rockets were comfortable letting Ariza walk because they had Battier and Budinger to fill in for him.  So far, Battier’s defense has been alright, but his production otherwise has been non existant.  In 28 minutes a game, he’s producing 4 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists with no free throws and some weak shooting numbers.  While Ariza’s shooting numbers are even worse, his efficiency is better because he’s actually drawing free throws and hitting a three here and there.

PF: Luis Scola v David West
Advantage: Rockets
This is a battle I always love.  Both players seem to take it as a challenge to embarass the other – and really both typically score easily on each other.  Though West has been more efficient so far this season than he’s ever been, this position swings in favor of the Rockets because Scola has continued his incredible play from the World Championships.  He’s not only putting down 27 points a game on 19 shots, but he’s also ripping down 14 rebounds.  West hasn’t hit double digits in boards yet this season.  I don’t expect him to control the boards tonight, either.

C: Yao Ming v Emeka Okafor
Advantage: Hornets
Yao plays half the game.  Okafor does too.  Yao gets 11.5, 8.5 and 2, Okafor gets 7.3, 7.0 and 1.7.  So how does Okafor outstrip Yao?  Because Yao has struggled to get back in the flow offensively, taking 10.5 shots to get that paltry 11.5 points, and has turned the ball over almost 4 times a game.  Okafor may not be as major a part of the offense that Ming is, but when he takes a shot, he’s at least converted those shots at a high rate and made few mistakes

Bench
Hornets: Marcus Thornton, Jason Smith, Willie Green, Jerryd Bayless
Rockets: Brad Miller, Chuck Hayes, Kyle Lowry, Courtney Lee, Chase Budinger
Advantage: Rockets
This is a hard one to call.  The Rockets have a pretty solid back five, but outside of Lee none of them have been amazingly efficient.  The Hornets reservers are actually slightly less efficient as scorers, but they defend hard, don’t turn the ball over (except for Bayless), and defend much harder than the Rockets crew.  In the end I give the Rockets the edge because their second unit has more rebounding prowess than the Hornets reserves.

Enjoy the Game.  Talk it up in the comments.

142 comments
QueenBee
QueenBee

Remember when CP3 went to sit on that exercise bike?.... NOTES: With no room left on the New Orleans bench, Paul was escorted to an area closer to fans to sit during his break in the fourth quarter. A couple of fans began to heckle him and take cell phone pictures of the star guard, who yelled back at the unruly fans. ... New Orleans' 43 first-half points were a season low for a Houston opponent. http://www.nba.com/games/20101103/NOHHOU/gameinfo.html Hahaha.

Schmide234
Schmide234

oh and btw im glad we didnt sign head. Bower really tried to screw us with that one cause he looks terrible in the Sacremento game. he jumps like 5ft forward on his shots and has gotten backboard and no rim on 3 shots

winze
winze

prolly due to his injury ya? :P

Schmide234
Schmide234

yea Ariza played martin pretty well but picked up some silly fouls. and he has 15 at the half so it was the second half in where he was shut down.

QueenBee
QueenBee

No one has scored 100 points on the Hornets yet.

winze
winze

wow..... 4 and 0 that is awesome I followed this game on gamecast at work and then on my phone during lunch and am going to look forward to watching the highlights tonight. I hope CP3 is ok from what you guys are saying sounds like cramp, we are going to need him for Friday's game for sure. Okafor 5 blocks wow.... I think this years squad is turning into a collective body that gets wins rather than a few all-stars carrying a squad. Tonight was Marco and Emeka coming through with Smith off the bench. Other nights it is West and Thornton. I notice that Martin was kept to 18 points on some terrible shooting, was Ariza on him most of the game? awesome start to the season, to all them doubters "SHAME"!!!

Schmide234
Schmide234

we just went hard queen. i didnt see one foul that i thot was wrong

QueenBee
QueenBee

Thank you Schmide234. Glad we got it done. :)

QueenBee
QueenBee

Wait a minute! The Hornets took 42 free throws??!! Wow. Too bad we left 12 of them out of the basket. Were we driving to the rim that much? Were the Rockets committing silly fouls?

Mark
Mark

Yeah, I noted our 42 free throws compared to their ~18. I couldn't watch, but that sounds a little bit peculiar.

Schmide234
Schmide234

cp got a rebound with like 30 sec left and came up gimpy. he played out the game, made his freethrows and all, and ran after that although limping heavily. he was bending down and grabing his toe which means hes stretching out a cramp. u just dont do that for knee injuries.

Bug Marley
Bug Marley

Thanks! Really hope it's nothing serious.

QueenBee
QueenBee

Jason Smith gets the interview tonight. Nice game Jason.

HornetsFanFromOregon
HornetsFanFromOregon

What is this cramp business all about? I watched on gamecast and was thrilled. details please.

Bug Marley
Bug Marley

Hugs, fist bumps, chest bumps all around! Four and oh! Ice the Heat! What was that again Mr. Webber?

Schmide234
Schmide234

the stretch he did looked like it was a calf cramp and he was able to run it off so im thinking so. he doesnt look worried

nikkoewan
nikkoewan

4 - 0 BAYBE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS TURNING OUT TO BE A GREAT DAY!

Schmide234
Schmide234

has anyone else noticed since 07-08 that CP gets like 4-6 points in the last minute of play?

QueenBee
QueenBee

LMAO Kevin Martin!!! Paul pestered the crap out of him. Paul made Kevin throw his body into him. I've always said Paul is a knat on defense. Pesky, pesky, pesky.

Schmide234
Schmide234

HORNETS WIN!!!!!! 4-0 BIZNITCHES!!!!!

Forever504
Forever504

where the FUCK was yao's respect for the game when he smacked the goal EPIC FUCKING FAIL REFS

pinoyballah
pinoyballah

lol undertaker theme music

42
42

I heard that. Awesome.

nikkoewan
nikkoewan

OH MAN. I WAKE UP AND I FIND THIS! in the words of David Kahn: "It's like manna from heaven" (not to be blasphemous or anything).. This feels good!

peronas
peronas

BALL DONT LIE! Terrible call!

pinoyballah
pinoyballah

that is just a horrible tech call.

QueenBee
QueenBee

Yeah it is.

Bug Marley
Bug Marley

Please enlighten my non-TV-watching self. What happened?

QueenBee
QueenBee

Ken Mauer is out the box with that crap. What did West do? Or say?

Bug Marley
Bug Marley

Close them out like your name's Mariano Rivera!

Mark
Mark

A la At The Hive: 3:08 CP offensive rebound 3:02 CP 3 pointer 2:33 CP 7-footer 1:57 Cookies 3 (CP assist)

Schmide234
Schmide234

HAHAHAHA "Bellinelli with the travel"

peronas
peronas

From what I gather from these announcers the Hornets rarely dribble when moving...

DownUnder
DownUnder

I think these commentators deserve some tech's telling the refs wat the call shoulda been

DownUnder
DownUnder

haha my call there is double true now haha

peronas
peronas

10 blocked shots as a team, bigs are getting after shots :)

Bug Marley
Bug Marley

Two mugs of coffee and this game has my heart pumping like it's an overclocked CPU. Dang!

QueenBee
QueenBee

I want Smith to stay in the game!

QueenBee
QueenBee

I knew we would turn the ball over soon as Licht said the Hornets had only 1 to in the 2nd half. Damn.

Mark
Mark

If NBA 2k11 was right, the Rockets would have to score 52 more points in ~7 minutes, while we don't score at all. NBA 2k11 simulation for the win!