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Game On: Hornets @ Milwaukee

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Published: November 6, 2010

I’m a little worried about this game.  It is a classic letdown game.  It’s the second night of a back to back after a charged, emotional, and tough game against the Heat.  Add to that the fact the Hornets have already beat this team, and they may look past them and get caught.  You can’t look past any team in the NBA.

This preview isn’t long since Milwaukee hasn’t changed in the ten days since we last saw them.  There are some perceptions about the Bucks, however, that have changed.  Yes, they are still just as stingy on defense as they were last year, posting the 6th best defense in the league.  It’s their offense, however, that has struggled rather than improve like expected.  A lot of that blame is directed at Salmons, who was solid last year, but this team needs to share the blame.  Of the six players who take more than 5 shots per game, only one is averaging better than 1.2 points per shot.  To put that in perspective, 1.2 points per shot is below average for the league – so every one of the team’s primary offensive options other than Corey Maggette takes a lot of shots to get a few points.  The result is the 29th best offense.  Or maybe I should say the 2nd worst offense.

Oh and Brandon Jennings?  The much ballyhoo’ed up and coming point guard?  He’s still what we thought he is.  12.7 shots per game producing only 1.16 points per shot. 7 assists to 3 turnovers.  Even with solid defense, that’s not “franchise point guard.”  That’s Raymond Felton.

The Bucks beat Indiana by four last night,  so lets see if they can get a streak started, or if the Hornets own streak rolls on.

Enjoy the game!  Talk it up!

108 Comments

  1. peronas

    November 6, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Agreed Ryan, I’m a bit worried about this one as well. Hopefully Monty will be able to get them focused and they’ll come out playing desperate like they have the last few games.

    On a side note I whipped together a little something this morning on how I assume the rest of the NBA must be feeling about the undefeated bees 🙂

    http://bit.ly/bL8yVK

    Enjoy!

    • Joe Gerrity

      November 6, 2010 at 7:49 pm

      Hilarious.

      • peronas

        November 6, 2010 at 7:59 pm

        Thanks!

    • Ryan Schwan

      November 6, 2010 at 11:23 pm

      Hey, I should use a version of that as the cover of our next podcast. Peronas willing, of course.

      • peronas

        November 6, 2010 at 11:45 pm

        Of course! Go for it!

    • JCS

      November 7, 2010 at 11:38 am

      @peronas

      Excellent use of alpha channels. Keep up the good work!

  2. L_Reazy

    November 6, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    My sentiments exactly … typical “Trap-Game”!

    … but, I’m still confident that the Hornets can win tonight, and continue building their “win-cushion” throughout this 82-game season in order to make the playoffs. I like to call it the “Race-To-50 Wins”!

    If they lose, they have proven to all of us that it will be very difficult for them to lose 2 in a row. So, a loss tonight against the Bucks means a thrashing against the Clippers on Tuesday … but … that thrashing was going to happen anyway! My bad!

    L_Reazy

  3. Stew

    November 6, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    While I am worried that this may be a classic trap game, I really don’t think we have to be concerned with this team looking past any game. Maybe the Hornets of yesteryear, but not modest Monty’s new Hornets.

  4. L_Reazy

    November 6, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    I guess, for the most part -aside from winning enough games to make the playoffs- this season is serving as revenge against every Analyst and Commentator who didn’t do their research on this team, but decided, nevertheless, to include their 2-Cents about them during the ‘routine’, yet ‘tasteless’ NBA Preview. I mean, what do they get paid for over at ESPN, CNNSI, SPORTING-NEWS, TNT, and NBATV!

    Chris Webber and John Hollinger are like the ultimate haters of the Hornets … and of all people Kevin McHale and Rick Kamla from NBA TV were the only Analyst / Commentator who gave the Hornets props before the season started.

    If one does basic homework in regards to the Hornets success ‘then-and-now’ they’d realize that, ‘then’, when they won 56 games they had one-dimensional players like Peja, Mo-Pete, Chandler, and a mediocore bench (excluding Pargo of course).

    But, ‘now’, when you replace those guys with Belinelli, who is proving aside from his ability to shoot he can play solid team defense, Ariza, is the most athletic / defensive wing we’ve had since JR Smith, and Okafor, who is proving that he might be inept on offense at times, but is an upgrade over Chandler. You throw that in with talented bench of Smith, Green, Thornton, Bayless, & others VS Ely, Wells, Chris Andersen (fresh out of re-hab at the time), Pargo & not much else, and you’ve got a playoff team in the making.

    A lot of us knew what to expect, but for some reason a lot of the ‘experts’ didn’t. Well, I guess we’re the experts when it comes to Hornets basketball!

    L_Reazy

    • Stefan

      November 6, 2010 at 5:47 pm

      I’ve always liked Rick Kamla. I hate Chris Webber as a basketball player and especially as a commentator.

  5. Ryan

    November 6, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Hornets Beat The Heat. LSU Beats Bama. Hopefully the Hornets and the Saints can make it a perfect weekend…

  6. Caleb

    November 6, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Haha… very nice peronas.

    Anyway… while the 5-0 start *is* a bit surprising (and delightfully so), any one who actually followed the team’s moves and analyzed the roster objectively knew the potential was there for this team to be quite good. The problem is most analysts didn’t do that….

    But we knew.

    • Ryan Schwan

      November 6, 2010 at 6:53 pm

      Honestly guys, I’m not going to go revisionist. I had a lot of doubts about this team, and the pre-season seemed to lay them all bare. I didn’t think this team made the playoffs.

      • Caleb

        November 6, 2010 at 7:00 pm

        I’m speaking for myself of course. I should not have said “anyone.”

        I understand that not everyone was confident. But personally… this roster looked pretty strong to me.

        I kept going back to the 07-08 roster, and comparing the two… and kept coming up with the conclusion that this roster is slightly better than that roster that won 56 games.

        Secondly, I had a gut feeling about the Monty & Demps staff that was very good. Nothing real objective there, it was just a feeling.

        Not saying I’m smart or anything like that… just saying that’s how I and a lot of other fans felt.

  7. usufruct

    November 6, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Is the game on tv? It’s not listed on CST or NBA TV on my cable guide.

    • 42

      November 6, 2010 at 7:12 pm

      Not here. Gotta find a bar or something. The radio guys are good. 106.7 locally and there’s a list at hornets.com if you aren’t.

      • usufruct

        November 6, 2010 at 11:15 pm

        Thanks. Yeah, I’m uptown. Just watched the gamecast while watching a bunch of ex-hornets in the mavs/nuggets game. Melvin Ely lives!!!

  8. jtshoopsblog

    November 6, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Milwaukee have won 2 in row too. Hornets better watch out.

    • Hornet

      November 6, 2010 at 7:13 pm

      No they haven’t. They beat Indiana last night by 4 and lost to Boston by 3 in OT.

  9. MelMan

    November 6, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Maybe this game will bring the first NBA playing time to our rookie Pondexter, it would be amazing if Monty and the boys could form him into a lock-down defender. Then with the lock-downer Ariza, along with the ferocious Willie Green, and Pondexter….we could have some serious one on one defense in the first and second team

  10. tyler

    November 6, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    where can i find the hornets game. can anybody find or have a stream

    • Adzs-London bee

      November 6, 2010 at 7:40 pm

      Try atdhe.net

      • tyler

        November 6, 2010 at 8:42 pm

        thanks

    • Barry

      November 6, 2010 at 7:42 pm

  11. cheifyoungblood

    November 6, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    check channelsurfing.net or firstrow.net . they don’t always work so fingers crossed

  12. DownUnder

    November 6, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Im sorry for those of u that cant watvh the game but the Milwaukee commentators just said the most rediculous thing.

    “Brandon Jennings will always have to go up against the best point guards regulary and tonight his going up against the 3rd or 4th best in the NBA.”

    Oh Im sorry, did Rajon only beat the Heat by himself. I could have sworn he had what was called a big three with him. And if it was Deron Williams in CP’s shoes last night than the Heat would have lost by 10 easily. There is no way to explain Utah’s loosing record, huh maybe its the fact that D-Will cant will his team to rise for big games.

  13. winze

    November 6, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    feeds from firstrow and channelsurfing have no sound 🙁 and the atdhe.net one is laggy as hell dang

    • Kerry

      November 6, 2010 at 7:51 pm

      ik. This is very upsetting

  14. Stew

    November 6, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Bucks just went on an 8-0 run.

  15. Stew

    November 6, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    By the way, I’m watching on channelsurfing and listening to 106.7. The radio is a minute or two behind the video, but its better than nothing.

    19-14 Hornets (12-0 run by the Hornets)

  16. peronas

    November 6, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Bucks anouncers: “We all knew the Hornets were going to be good…” yea uh huh…

    • berlin-hornets

      November 6, 2010 at 7:59 pm

      yeah, I heard that and had a huge question mark on my mind immediately. lol

  17. cheifyoungblood

    November 6, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    their are two atdhe.com and one seems to be playing well , the second link i think

    • Kerry

      November 6, 2010 at 8:08 pm

      its working!

  18. Stew

    November 6, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Hornets up 23-18 at the end of the 1st.

  19. peronas

    November 6, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Pondexter!!!

  20. L_Reazy

    November 6, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Game on:

    http://atdhe.net

    L_Reazy

  21. Stew

    November 6, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    The bench is making silly ball handling mistakes. Tied game at 30.

  22. L_Reazy

    November 6, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    What’s going on with Jerryd Bayless????

    He looks lost out there, and sort of how Thronton looked during preseason.

    Put Marcus Thornton in! … here come the starters … good!

    L_Reazy

  23. L_Reazy

    November 6, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Man, these guys are tired from last night’s game.

    They’ll have to grind it out.

    L_Reazy

    • peronas

      November 6, 2010 at 8:30 pm

      Yea they look a step slow

  24. Chris

    November 6, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    If Q is playing who took his place on inactive?

    • peronas

      November 6, 2010 at 8:31 pm

      Peja has been inactive for the last couple of games in his place

  25. Ryan

    November 6, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    wow… cookies messin up tonight…. Put in Buckets!!

  26. peronas

    November 6, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    HA HA HA HA he just needed to take a small step back….

  27. L_Reazy

    November 6, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Now, that’s how you get your rhythm back Marco! “COOKIES”!!!

    L_Reazy

  28. cadillacjacques

    November 6, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Sportscenter Top 10

  29. Akademik.Hooligan

    November 6, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    HAHAHAHAHAH

    Marco with the Hail Mary! That’s One for youtube.

  30. cheifyoungblood

    November 6, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    And Belinelli with the three from the bucks 3pt line. gris gris

  31. Stew

    November 6, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Marco with a 3/4 COURT SHOT at the buzzer! lol

  32. Kempleton

    November 6, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    What a buzzer beater by Belinelli! I think his nickname should be “Rocky”. Give him a leather jacket and a black hat. That’s it. 🙂 I hope we will win the battle of two tired teams! Geaux Hornets!

  33. berlin-hornets

    November 6, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    awesome shot. hope that was a wakeup call. the intensity is lacking so bad. hope monty finds the right words

  34. L_Reazy

    November 6, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Monty Williams might say this to his players at halftime;

    “Cut down on the turnovers and we’ll be fine. We have 13 as a team to there 5. Marco you have 5 of those turnovers and Bayless you have 3 of them. Settle-the-hell-down! We’re beating them in every other department except for ‘ball-security’ / possesions.”

    L_Reazy

  35. Stew

    November 6, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    The audio is now working on the atdhe feed.

  36. peronas

    November 6, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Ariza needs to have that confidence every time he shoots. He kills himself when he hesitates

  37. L_Reazy

    November 6, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    The word for the night, “Resilence”!

    I love this damn team!!! 52-42 ….

    L_Reazy

  38. Akademik.Hooligan

    November 6, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Really great BEE-fense happening right now – couple of timely threes from Trevor & Cookies and suddenly the lead is up to 10.

  39. L_Reazy

    November 6, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    David West is beasting these fools … give him a foul ref!

    L_Reazy

    • cadillacjacques

      November 6, 2010 at 9:15 pm

      yea dub goin hard. loving it

  40. Stew

    November 6, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    The camera shot of the Bucks bench was telling. They look beaten out of it already.

  41. peronas

    November 6, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Bayless makes me sad… I wish he could pull it together and stop turning it over…

  42. Stew

    November 6, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    The only thing keeping this from beeing a blowing out is the Hornets’ SEVENTEEN turnovers.

  43. peronas

    November 6, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Smith with the hustle 🙂

  44. cheifyoungblood

    November 6, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    i’m gonna take the place of Gil and demand that you all call jason smith , J-Smith

    • Bug Marley

      November 6, 2010 at 9:22 pm

      Can we put the F word between J and Smith? Hahaha.. Just kidding.

  45. cheifyoungblood

    November 6, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    I wonder what team has the best “Rim Rockers ” team

  46. cadillacjacques

    November 6, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    anyone else notice how loud these mics on the backboards are? You can hear alot more court chatter. I like it

  47. cheifyoungblood

    November 6, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    loving the rim mics

  48. Joe Gerrity

    November 6, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Pondexter is in.

    • Bug Marley

      November 6, 2010 at 9:29 pm

      First thoughts on Q-Pon?

      • Joe Gerrity

        November 6, 2010 at 9:38 pm

        I’ll leave that for Ryan. I didn’t catch all of it.

  49. cheifyoungblood

    November 6, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Keepin Pondexter on huh

  50. cheifyoungblood

    November 6, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    terrible shot by thornton

  51. Bee Dat

    November 6, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    resilience is right! every hornet coming up with big plays down the stretch

    • L_Reazy

      November 6, 2010 at 9:44 pm

      ‘Bee Dat’

      It’s really amazing dawg! What a testiment to ‘Defense’ & ‘Execution’!

      L_Reazy

  52. Stew

    November 6, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    CP3 doin’ what he do.

  53. cadillacjacques

    November 6, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    This is the best starting lineup we have ever had. Everyone is fully capable of 20+ point nights. Pumped for this season

  54. L_Reazy

    November 6, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Bogut flops too damn much for a 7-footer!

    L_Reazy

  55. Bee Dat

    November 6, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    d-west just unstoppable

  56. nikkoewan

    November 6, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    whats up guys? catch me up(just woke up.)

    • Bee Dat

      November 6, 2010 at 9:50 pm

      hornets playing fierce d all nite. dwest cant miss

    • Bee Dat

      November 6, 2010 at 9:52 pm

      another immaculate performance. no letdown from the emotional nite last night and the travel to milwaulkee

    • Bee Dat

      November 6, 2010 at 9:53 pm

      every starter in double figures. bench a little shakier tonite, tough night for bayless wgreen and marcus. smith solid again

  57. pinoyballah

    November 6, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    another close game!

    • pinoyballah

      November 6, 2010 at 9:55 pm

      and again paul is clutch

  58. L_Reazy

    November 6, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Chr-ICE Paul!

    L_Reazy

  59. Joe Gerrity

    November 6, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    6-0, thank you very much.

    BOO YA!

  60. peronas

    November 6, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    6-0!!!! Loving it!!!

  61. Kempleton

    November 6, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    6-0! Yeah Baby! Geaux Hornets!

  62. Akademik.Hooligan

    November 6, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Yippeee 6-0!!!

    David West looks like an all-defense candidate right now, lol.

  63. nikkoewan

    November 6, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    ANOTHER WIN!

  64. Zwie

    November 6, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    man were doing really good. and this shows that we can win those tough, grit it out games…. This team is doing a lot of impressive stuff… im still very disappointed in Bayless. And our bench is gonna have to have more of an impact, when we player better teams… but im just being pessimistic…

    6-0!!!!

    NO ONE was expecting this.

  65. Hornet

    November 6, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Man, is our team good or what? Dallas, you’re not winning the division this year.

    GEAUX HORNETS. 6-0!

  66. L_Reazy

    November 6, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    I feel like I’m about to be arrogant about our team’s success … lol …

    I just can’t help it. I’m on a natural high right now.

    I feel like talking stuff to people, and laughing in their faces about it!

    L_Reazy

  67. Forever504

    November 6, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    6 and wait for it wait for it 0

  68. Bug Marley

    November 6, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Glad we didn’t spare the deer.

    Six and Oh!

  69. Bug Marley

    November 6, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Perfect weekend! Thanks bees and hornets247 community!

  70. thechosenuno

    November 6, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    What really impressed me in the 4th were the defensive stops we got. Pass after pass after pass the Bucks couldn’t find the open man, and if they got it down low, J Smith, D West, or Mek were there playing physical D. What got me more excited, though — other than going 6-0 — was getting a “what’s up” head-nod from MT5 when I was holding up my MT5 jersey during a timeout. What got me a little worried was how the lead started to slip through the 4th quarter. CP3, though, hit some great floaters in the lane. DWest got to the line. Remember when we couldn’t win on the road for anything!?

    Had hoped to see the whole game, but due to some circumstanced beyond my control (an electrical fire on the plane to Milwaukee), we made an emergency landing in Memphis and I got to Milwaukee 6 hours late. Going to stay positive — safetly landed and got to see the Bees live on the road for a quarter. 6-0, baby! Get ready, Clippers, it’s going to get loud in the Hive on Tuesday!

    • Bug Marley

      November 6, 2010 at 10:32 pm

      Hope there’s a footage of that sequence. 😀

      • thechosenuno

        November 6, 2010 at 10:40 pm

        Footage of what? My plane making an emergency landing? or CP3 in the lane? If the former, ask AirTran (who knew there was a non-stop MSY-MKE?!).

      • Bug Marley

        November 6, 2010 at 11:01 pm

        Hahaha..sorry I wasn’t clear. I meant the MT5 sequence.

    • 42

      November 7, 2010 at 8:30 am

      Dude!

  71. Joe Gerrity

    November 6, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    wowza. That’ll teach you to be a fan!

    • thechosenuno

      November 6, 2010 at 10:56 pm

      Next road game I’ll try something closer to hone, like Houston or Dallas!

  72. Stone

    November 6, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Can’t wait to read the postgame résumé.
    How, and how cool is that now we can taunt most NBA fans ? haha!

  73. Mark

    November 6, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Hornets improve to 6-0, close regular season series against Milwaukee 2-0. Nice!

  74. tyler

    November 6, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    good game

  75. Aussie_Hornet

    November 6, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    MeK leading the league in FG %. Yeah boi!

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