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

  1. rm

    November 17, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    One of these days could you include Pops as a member of the bench. Not once have you included him this season 🙁

    Come on Monty give Pops some PT.

    • Joe Gerrity

      November 17, 2010 at 3:18 pm

      changed!

      • rm

        November 17, 2010 at 3:23 pm

        Cool.

        Enjoy the game.

  2. ur_gmas_daughter

    November 17, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    At some point, and I know as fans we always wanna see it our way, but we’re just gonna have to trust the coach that has got us on the best start in franchise history. I love Thornton and I think we all do and I would rather see Pops get more minutes than Mbenga but we gotta just let that all go.

    In Monty we trust…or at least I do!

  3. Juncti

    November 17, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Definitely interested in the Paul/Knee thing. Saw ESPN mention that the issue with Roy could be a tell of what might happen with Paul in the future.

    It would be terrible to see his career cut short because of injuries. Even more so if his choice of recovery gambled his future against the present.

    As for tonight, I anticipate this strange back to back against the Mavs working in our favor. I’m sure Paul is stewing over the loss and has been able to merge his hate for losing with his preparation for the next opponent which just happen to be the same team. I’m thinking he’s going to come out possessed and pissed, dismantling the Mavs and leading the team to a solid win.

    • JCS

      November 17, 2010 at 3:43 pm

      Give ’em some Manny Pacquiao roids and he’ll be aight

      I kid, I kid…

  4. MBANG-A

    November 17, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Joe, where did you get the betting percentages for people taking Dallas with the points?

    Also, I trust that Monty will find a way to slow down Terry tonight, and there is no way Jason Smith can play any worse than he did Monday night. We breeze tonight.

  5. Jake

    November 17, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Swing by the beer garden and I’ll grab you guys some beers!

  6. thechosenuno

    November 17, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    It’s killing me to have to be out of town for work for this game! Y’all make some extra noise for me since the guy I gave my ticket to isn’t verg loud!

  7. QueenBee

    November 17, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Chris Paul had a sit down with Ahmad Rashad today. My guess is it’s for Rashad’s “One on One with Ahmad Rashad” Show. I’ll be on the look out for it on NBA TV.

  8. TopherPrice

    November 17, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Joe, don’t forget to ask Chris about the Meniscus thing if you get the chance. I thought he still had most of his as well as apposed to the Roy “No meniscus”.

  9. HiMyNameisSteven

    November 17, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Prediction for the night.

    I’m a little torn on this game. On one side I think the team will come out firing to take back what happened monday, but my personal opinion is that the mavs are just a better team than us and match up really nicely with our team. I honestly still think that marcus is the kind of player we need here tonight to give us some punch to combat the mavs, especially after going 5+min in the forth without scoring essentially losing us the game (in addition to poor substitutions). But besides the fact that marcus is in monty’s doghouse even though the coach wont man up and say it i think the hornets pull out a close one 99-97

    • Schmide234

      November 17, 2010 at 9:33 pm

      good call steven haha

      • HiMyNameisSteven

        November 17, 2010 at 9:36 pm

        alright its official everything i say from now on is 100% correct …. my first comment marcus needs to play he will prove to everyone he is potential all star

    • Bug Marley

      November 17, 2010 at 9:45 pm

      HI Steven, can you give me like 6 numbers from 1-55? 😀

  10. JCS

    November 17, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    I’m finally getting a HD broadcast on my DirectTV 🙂

  11. Hornet

    November 17, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    wow we’re playing terrible so far. attacking inside with tyson in the game is not going to work monty. tyson on david is really brilliant by dallas. work the pick and pop cp and d west.

  12. Schmide234

    November 17, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    ugh freaking defense horrible this quarter. not only that but the mavs are hitting EVERYTHING including well contested shots.

  13. peronas

    November 17, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Nothing is falling for the bees this game…

  14. Chumbawumba

    November 17, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Am I the only one who notices that Willie Green NEVER EVER passes once he’s within the 3 point arc?

  15. HiMyNameisSteven

    November 17, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    14-40 from the field so far…. ur right monty dont play marcus

    • JCS

      November 17, 2010 at 7:58 pm

      14-40 sounds like a Kobme Bryant stat

  16. MaxALM

    November 17, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Defense? not great.

    Offense? atrocious.

    THIS IS WHEN YOU NEED MARCUS.

    • HiMyNameisSteven

      November 17, 2010 at 8:01 pm

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

  17. HiMyNameisSteven

    November 17, 2010 at 8:02 pm

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

    • HiMyNameisSteven

      November 17, 2010 at 8:03 pm

      there once i say that he hits the jumper…

      • JCS

        November 17, 2010 at 8:07 pm

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

  18. peronas

    November 17, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    dumb foul….

  19. peronas

    November 17, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Sounds like there’s no energy in the building….

  20. HiMyNameisSteven

    November 17, 2010 at 8:06 pm

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

    • ollie

      November 17, 2010 at 8:36 pm

      the itallion stallion from somewhere on Bourbon Street

  21. Schmide234

    November 17, 2010 at 8:08 pm

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

  22. Bug Marley

    November 17, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Another half another chance. Let’s go Hornets!

  23. Nithenz

    November 17, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    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

  24. JCS

    November 17, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    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

      November 17, 2010 at 9:02 pm

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

      • JCS

        November 17, 2010 at 9:17 pm

        The old school look is nice.

  25. ollie

    November 17, 2010 at 8:34 pm

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

    • Nithenz

      November 17, 2010 at 8:47 pm

      i had the same and it works now

      atdhe, right?

      • ollie

        November 17, 2010 at 8:57 pm

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

  26. peronas

    November 17, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Oh how the tides have changed this game

  27. Nithenz

    November 17, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Seems i arrived for the good half =)

  28. MaxALM

    November 17, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Smith must love getting his ass kicked by Dirk.

  29. peronas

    November 17, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    MARCO!!!!

  30. ollie

    November 17, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    HiMyNameisStevenAndImAnIdiot

    • HiMyNameisSteven

      November 17, 2010 at 9:55 pm

      himynameisollieandiwishiwassteven

  31. Bug Marley

    November 17, 2010 at 9:15 pm

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

  32. edbballin504

    November 17, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    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!

  33. edbballin504

    November 17, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    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

      November 17, 2010 at 9:24 pm

      might be cos he sucks?

      • edbballin504

        November 17, 2010 at 9:26 pm

        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.

      • pinoyballah

        November 17, 2010 at 9:30 pm

        its because monty is actually his bayless’s dad

  34. pinoyballah

    November 17, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    stupid fouls

  35. edbballin504

    November 17, 2010 at 9:23 pm

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

  36. pinoyballah

    November 17, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    did peja just miss? omg

    • edbballin504

      November 17, 2010 at 9:27 pm

      Deja Vu….roles reversed??

  37. Bug Marley

    November 17, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    What just happened?

  38. ollie

    November 17, 2010 at 9:30 pm

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

  39. edbballin504

    November 17, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    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!

  40. JCS

    November 17, 2010 at 9:31 pm

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

  41. pinoyballah

    November 17, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    WEST WITH THE D!?!?!??!

  42. Bug Marley

    November 17, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Fluffy!

  43. peronas

    November 17, 2010 at 9:32 pm

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

  44. Bug Marley

    November 17, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Whew! 9-1!

  45. JCS

    November 17, 2010 at 9:33 pm

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

  46. edbballin504

    November 17, 2010 at 9:34 pm

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

  47. pinoyballah

    November 17, 2010 at 9:34 pm

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

  48. ollie

    November 17, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    No Team allowed over 100 still…

    • JCS

      November 17, 2010 at 9:37 pm

      Thumbs UP

  49. HiMyNameisSteven

    November 17, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    please everyone look above at my prediction for the game

  50. berlin-hornets

    November 17, 2010 at 9:38 pm

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

  51. JCS

    November 17, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    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.”

    🙂

  52. Jake

    November 17, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    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.

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