Game On: Hornets @ Mavericks
Matchup: Hornets(8-0) @ Mavericks(6-2)
Off Efficiency: Hornets 106.9(7th), Mavericks 105.2(11th)
Def Efficiency: Hornets 95.3(1st), Mavericks 97.1(3rd)
Game banner provided by the amazing Dariusz Ejkiewicz.
Two defensive juggernauts clash tonight as the Hornets visit Dallas for a Southwestern Conference showdown.Â To date, the Mavericks defensive numbers indicate two things:Â Their wing defense is somewhat slow-footed, but their length(read: Tyson Chandler) – lets them contest shots even if they are beaten.Â As a result, while the Mavericks are one of the 5 worst teams at keeping other teams from taking shots at the rim and in the paint, they are also one of the league best at making people miss those shots.Â Â That means that the close range shots will be there for our driving guards, it’ll be up to them to take advantage.
On the flip side, Dallas takes a lot of jumpers – low efficiency jumpers – but hits them at a solid clip behind Terry and Nowitzki.Â That could make this team dangerous as the Hornets want their opponents to be taking those shots.
Mavericks: Caron Butler is day to day with back spasms.Â He had been the starting SF, so if he comes back, he may push Marion to the bench.
PG: Chris Paul v Jason Kidd
Kidd has been having a bit of an off year.Â Over the past couple seasons, he had developed a deadly three-point shot and continued to rebound the ball like few point guards can.Â This year, his rebounding numbers are way down, and his three point shot is falling at an average rate.Â Yes, he can still generate easy shots in the open floor, but other than as a spot up shooter, he’s pretty ordinary now.Â Chris Paul isn’t ordinary.
SG: Marco Belinelli v DeShawn Stevenson
Stevenson has been playing very well for the Mavericks, knocking down his open shots, and playing an important role as a tough wing defender for 20 minutes a game.Â Here’s the rub, however, he’s been a terrible shooter for three straight seasons prior to this one.Â Somehow, I don’t think his shooting efficiency(he’s the second most efficienct scorer on the Mavs) will continue.Â Marco’s efficiency should continue.
SF: Trevor Ariza v Shawn Marion
Marion rebounds well, runs the floor well, and defends adequately.Â His three point shot has deserted him, but he can still finish inside after cutting and receiving bounce passes from Kidd.Â Ariza’s defense is superior, and don’t look at his shooting percentages and dismiss him.Â He draws a reasonable numbe of free throws, and the number of threes he does manage to hit keeps his points per shot at least respectable.
PF: David West v Dirk Nowitzki
West plays Nowitzki very well, since Nowitzki’s only advantage on him is his height, but Nowitzki does typically out play him by a few points and rebounds every game.Â Â Both are proving to be very efficient this season.Â It should be a good battle.
C: Emeka Okafor v Tyson Chandler
Okafor has been playing very, very well, but Chandler is also having a tremendous impact on the Mavs.Â As always, he takes few shots, but he always generates a ton of points from them because they are dunks.Â He rebounds very well, defends the paint better than most centers in the league, and because the Mavs are somewhat deep, doesn’t have to play long minutes.Â These two guys will battle hard tonight.Â (On a side note, I’m glad to see Chandler healthy again.Â I just wish he was healthy somewhere other than in Dallas)
Mavericks: Jason Terry, Jose Juan Barea, Brendan Hayward, Brian Cardinal
Hornets: Willie Green, Jerryd Bayless, Jason Smith, Thornokavoic, Pondexter
Jason Terry is a phenomenal scorer, and Jose Juan Barea plays very well for all his physical limitations.Â I almost made this even, because Brendan Hayward has been awful this year and Jason Smith hasn’t, but I do think Terry more than counters that deficiency.
Enjoy the Game.Â Talk it up!
Also, check out the NBA 2K11 sim. The rosters update every day, and the Hornets are finally getting some respect on that game. Prior to the season started, they were ranked 24th overall according to the game- now they are up to 12th!!!
Update– Joe will be on ESPN’s Daily Dime Chat throughout the game, so come over and represent the Hornets fan base.
Man I only get 2 Hornets games per season down here and after 3 of them since the last season I've yet to see them win. I wasn't expecting to see a win on the 2 games last season but I really hoped they won and remained undefeated while I was attending tonight.
It''ll be telling to see how both the players and coaches respond. Will CP3 and company come out fired up to get revenge? Is Monty going to look at film and make the correct adjustments? Gonna be a yes to both of those.
guys, those were good lucks by Ariza. 2 good lucks. We were lucky to get 1, impossible to get 2, but we did. Gotta play the percentages. Great fight, great fight. Hornets represent!
The looks were there(except for Okafor). They just didn't fall. Last season they wouldn't have been there at all.
ahhhhhhhhhhhh man marcus would of hit one of those shots and faked the foul and gotten us a 4 point play hahaha im messing but good game wish we called our 20 sec timeout rather than giving it to emeka but i wasnt expecting an 82-0 season anyway
-sigh- The D kept us in the game, and we gave up too many free looks in the 4th quarter to let them rally. -sigh-
No shame in losing to Dallas on the road. We'll get them back on Wednesday. Let me guess (I say not guessing at all)- Ryan must be writing the recap?
Trevor's looks were good. Just didn't hit em. Damn. I hate feeling like this about games. It's just a game right? Heart palpitations and stuff. Goodness gracious.
who was on top of the key just standing there watching dirk shoot that 3? monty you better tear him a new one