Game on: Mavs @ Hornets

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Published: November 17, 2010

After their first loss of the season, the Hornets will try and get redemption against the now despised Dallas Mavericks. This game will be telling of how the Hornets will handle adversity down the road. They were bound to lose a game or two sooner or later, but what we don’t know his how they will respond.

It wouldn’t surprise me to see a blowout. The fans in Dallas had tons of energy, and there was a clear target on the Hornets back. Now that the team has lost a game and is back in New Orleans, I just don’t see Dallas coming out with the same fire that they had last game. I also don’t see Chris Paul and David West allowing themselves to have such dismal second half performances again.

The crowd should be loud and the building should be rocking, so expect the best and if the worst happens, well, you know what to do afterward.

Hornets are five point favorites, and the over/under is set at 191. 65% of people are taking Dallas with points, and 95% of people are taking the over, surprisingly enough.

I (Joe) will be on the Daily Dime Chat throughout the game, so stop by if you have a minute and represent Hornets Nation.

Match-ups (stolen from Ryan’s last Game on since the teams are the same)

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 efficiency 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 number 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, Stojakovic, Pondexter, Pops, Mbenga
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.

Michael Macnamara will be joining me for his first Hornets game as a member of Hornets247 (possibly ever, I haven’t asked) and I’ll be bringing my video camera, so who knows what might happen.

Also, I’ll try to clarify exactly how much of a meniscus Paul has left is his knee. The more you know…

Updates from the Arena

  • Peja’s 17 point game on Monday was his first since 3/3/10.
  • It was the first time he had hit four 3-pointers since 2/17/10
  • Monty said they settled for too many three point attempts against the Mavs zone
  • He also talked about how the Mavs were just more physical, citing when Bayless drove into the lane and got clobbered, but when Barea did it we barely touched him. “That can’t happen”.

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73 comments
Jake
Jake

Type of game where you can see why we need another big. I don't get why West kept going into the paint in the first half. Guy has such a sweet mid range jumper. He needed to shoot it more from there rather than attacking Dirk and Tyson. Run that pick and pop which worked so well in the opener.

JCS
JCS

FS Southwest Post Game Interview Reporter: Coach why did you lose this game? Carlisle: "Our undoing was the 3rd quarter when we were DOMINATED....when you lose a quarter by 16 points you're getting you AAS KICKED." :-)

berlin-hornets
berlin-hornets

Awesome. Gotta love the hustle and resiliency. 9-1!!!!!

HiMyNameisSteven
HiMyNameisSteven

please everyone look above at my prediction for the game

ollie
ollie

No Team allowed over 100 still...

JCS
JCS

Thumbs UP

pinoyballah
pinoyballah

i think chandler was in on it. trying help his former team out

edbballin504
edbballin504

That was a good game. My heart was beating so hard. Glad its over and glad we got the win. YEZZIR!

JCS
JCS

One of the Honeybees just smacked Jason Terry with a pom pom. Ha!

peronas
peronas

WEST WITH THE STEAL!!!! WEST WITH THE STEAL!!! lol

JCS
JCS

Peja's cement filled shoes couldn't catch Trev's pass. Wow.

edbballin504
edbballin504

Isn't this not the first time Ariza made a poor decision passing the ball in??? Why is he still having that role on the team???? GOSH!

ollie
ollie

does he not know how to make a T with his hands?

edbballin504
edbballin504

I dont know about yall...but I want Tyson back next season. Why not have our own two headed center monster! Okafor and TC!

edbballin504
edbballin504

Bayless looks distant and bummed out on the side. Is it that he isnt happy with his production tonight? Or lack of playing time?? We need everyone happy and on the same page! He looks distant.

ollie
ollie

might be cos he sucks?

pinoyballah
pinoyballah

its because monty is actually his bayless's dad

edbballin504
edbballin504

I think I am jumping on the MT5 boat...we need to try him and Willie Green. Bayless isn't ready, and his D is nothing impressive to me.

edbballin504
edbballin504

Alot of yall was saying Marco should have been in the game at the end of the 4th Monday, instead of Willie. Yall are looking so right tonight. Hope we can hang on to this lead!

Bug Marley
Bug Marley

Please, not again. Buckle down and defend. Winning time!

MaxALM
MaxALM

Smith must love getting his ass kicked by Dirk.

Nithenz
Nithenz

Seems i arrived for the good half =)

peronas
peronas

Oh how the tides have changed this game

ollie
ollie

has anyone got a good stream that ISNT stuck on dirk about to shoot a free throw?

Nithenz
Nithenz

i had the same and it works now atdhe, right?

ollie
ollie

yeh both of em did it, as soon as i hit post i heard gil mcgregors deep ole voice start talkin again lol

JCS
JCS

I understand there's a lot of users on here who get all bent out of shape when you compliment opposing players and teams, but I must say that Dallas has some of the nicest away unis in the NBA. That is all.

MaxALM
MaxALM

I actually like the new Jazz away unis alot on that note

JCS
JCS

The old school look is nice.

Nithenz
Nithenz

Damn, just arrived and i hoped this would be the other way around! wanted to chat a bit in DDL but cant find it, never liked/used espn web =X

Bug Marley
Bug Marley

Another half another chance. Let's go Hornets!

Schmide234
Schmide234

yea pops freaking momentum killer. and good god why cant we hit anything and Dallas hits ALL of their mid range jumpers??? its crazy

HiMyNameisSteven
HiMyNameisSteven

we looked awful first half... and really monty u put pops in the game there, stupid.

ollie
ollie

the itallion stallion from somewhere on Bourbon Street

peronas
peronas

Sounds like there's no energy in the building....

HiMyNameisSteven
HiMyNameisSteven

and honestly i do not think belly is very good ... i can see why he never played in toronto

HiMyNameisSteven
HiMyNameisSteven

there once i say that he hits the jumper...

JCS
JCS

Be careful Steven or the Belly super fans will come and get you. You see what happen in the last thread about Peja?

MaxALM
MaxALM

Defense? not great. Offense? atrocious. THIS IS WHEN YOU NEED MARCUS.

HiMyNameisSteven
HiMyNameisSteven

exactly ... offense when the pick and roll doesnt work looks awful no one can create