Game On: Hornets @ Mavericks

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Published: November 15, 2010

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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.  To date, the Mavericks defensive numbers indicate two things:  Their wing defense is somewhat slow-footed, but their length(read: Tyson Chandler) – lets them contest shots even if they are beaten.  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.   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.  That could make this team dangerous as the Hornets want their opponents to be taking those shots.

Injuries:

Hornets: None
Mavericks: Caron Butler is day to day with back spasms.  He had been the starting SF, so if he comes back, he may push Marion to the bench.

Positional Analysis

PG: Chris Paul v Jason Kidd
Advantage: Hornets
Kidd has been having a bit of an off year.  Over the past couple seasons, he had developed a deadly three-point shot and continued to rebound the ball like few point guards can.  This year, his rebounding numbers are way down, and his three point shot is falling at an average rate.  Yes, he can still generate easy shots in the open floor, but other than as a spot up shooter, he’s pretty ordinary now.  Chris Paul isn’t ordinary.

SG: Marco Belinelli v DeShawn Stevenson
Advantage: Hornets
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.  Here’s the rub, however, he’s been a terrible shooter for three straight seasons prior to this one.  Somehow, I don’t think his shooting efficiency(he’s the second most efficienct scorer on the Mavs) will continue.  Marco’s efficiency should continue.

SF: Trevor Ariza v Shawn Marion
Advantage: Even
Marion rebounds well, runs the floor well, and defends adequately.  His three point shot has deserted him, but he can still finish inside after cutting and receiving bounce passes from Kidd.  Ariza’s defense is superior, and don’t look at his shooting percentages and dismiss him.  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
Advantage: Mavericks
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.   Both are proving to be very efficient this season.  It should be a good battle.

C: Emeka Okafor v Tyson Chandler
Advantage: Even
Okafor has been playing very, very well, but Chandler is also having a tremendous impact on the Mavs.  As always, he takes few shots, but he always generates a ton of points from them because they are dunks.  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.  These two guys will battle hard tonight.  (On a side note, I’m glad to see Chandler healthy again.  I just wish he was healthy somewhere other than in Dallas)

Bench
Mavericks: Jason Terry, Jose Juan Barea, Brendan Hayward, Brian Cardinal
Hornets: Willie Green, Jerryd Bayless, Jason Smith, Thornokavoic, Pondexter
Advantage: Mavericks
Jason Terry is a phenomenal scorer, and Jose Juan Barea plays very well for all his physical limitations.  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.  Talk it up!

Oh, and there’s a new Journal entry from 42 you should read, and don’t forget about chatting about the Hornets in our new Forum, things are starting to pick up there!

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.

199 comments
tyler
tyler

he should of kept dj mbanga in

Gaiking
Gaiking

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.

QueenBee
QueenBee

Get your tickets and get rowdy in the HIVE on Wednesday!!!!

Jake
Jake

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.

QueenBee
QueenBee

I agee Jake. Yes to both of those.

QueenBee
QueenBee

We gotta whoop their arses on Wednesday. No ifs, ands or buts!

nikkoewan
nikkoewan

yeah. im expecting a monster game from our 3 all stars: Paul, West, Okafor. + 15

thechosenuno
thechosenuno

If we hadn't left 8 points at the freethrow line, we would have whoooped them tonight!

QueenBee
QueenBee

That is very true. Too many missed free throws.

pinoyballah
pinoyballah

aiiight screw this...im gettin my revenge out on the mavs in nba2k11

nikkoewan
nikkoewan

HAHA i already did, downed they before TWICE by double digits

pinoyballah
pinoyballah

haha won 52-49 in overtime. hit ariza with 22 secs for the corner 3.

nikkoewan
nikkoewan

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!

Jake
Jake

The looks were there(except for Okafor). They just didn't fall. Last season they wouldn't have been there at all.

Zwie
Zwie

you are Exactly right steven..we had one more time out... i wish ariza would have known that.

peronas
peronas

If we get them back on Wed I'll be happy...

HiMyNameisSteven
HiMyNameisSteven

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

42
42

I can't stand Dallas.

42
42

Standing ovation for the guys . . .

Bug Marley
Bug Marley

No complaints here. We lost but we'll rise again!

Forever504
Forever504

DAMN we lost here comes the CP3 trade rumors hahahah J/P

thechosenuno
thechosenuno

-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-

Joe Gerrity
Joe Gerrity

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?

JCS
JCS

Face. In. Palm.

JCS
JCS

Never liked that lady ref and it has nothing to do with her being a lady.

QueenBee
QueenBee

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.

Bug Marley
Bug Marley

Same here Queen. Had to skip lunch for the endgame too. LOL. Paul in foul trouble, on the road, Jason Terry exploding near the end and we still had a legit shot of going 9-0. We'll get 'em next time.

JCS
JCS

Trevor Ariza with the choke?

QueenBee
QueenBee

Tied game with 40.5 left. Tighten up the D Hornets!! Tighten it up!!!

JCS
JCS

Trevor Ariza with the money...ball

QueenBee
QueenBee

ARIZA!!!!! Big shot baby!!!

QueenBee
QueenBee

CP is missing all his shots now. SMH.

JCS
JCS

WTF Emeka?

QueenBee
QueenBee

Damn. Dallas has the lead. I can't look no more.

HiMyNameisSteven
HiMyNameisSteven

bad substitutions in my opinon by monty they are killing us on glass with peja at the 4

pinoyballah
pinoyballah

who was on top of the key just standing there watching dirk shoot that 3? monty you better tear him a new one

QueenBee
QueenBee

I'm gettin a headache! ROFLOL!

JCS
JCS

Dirk Diggler with the money shot

Michael McNamara
Michael McNamara

Controlled the glass for 3 quarters and now can't get a rebound all of a sudden!

QueenBee
QueenBee

Step up Hornets! Step up.

QueenBee
QueenBee

Tied damn game. Here we go.