Game On: Hornets @ Kings
Matchup: Hornets(10-1) @ Kings(4-7)
Off Efficiency: Hornets 107.1(6th), Kings 104.1(15th)
Def Efficiency: Hornets 98.3(4th), Kings 109.3(28th)
Thanks to the amazing Dariusz Ejkiewicz for the Game Day Banner.
The Hornets visit Sacramento the day after shipping Peja to the Raptors, depriving his Kings fans from seeing him.Â Hopefully there weren’t too many people who bought tickets expressly for that purpose.Â After starting the season 3-1, the Kings had a tough six game losing streak, featuring bad losses to the Pistons, Knicks, and Timberwolves.Â To say they’ve struggled a bit is an understatement.
No word yet if Jack and Andersen will be able to play tonight.Â Both teams will have to have their physicals clear first, so we may see Thornton activated this game if Jack isn’t quite ready.
NBA 2k11 Simulation
According to the 2k11 simulation, the Kings are going to put a beatdown on New Orleans for trading Peja, winning 103 to 83.Â Jack scores 11 points, but Paul and West combine for 23 points.
PG: Tyreke Evans v Chris Paul
Tyreke Evans continues where he left off last year, essentially putting up a 20-5-5.Â Of course, he also turns the ball over 3.4 times a game, and has completely forgotten how to draw fouls, something he excelled at last year.Â This has tremendously impacted his game and the Kings ability to win,Â since he is now only generating 1.11 points per shot.Â Among the six most frequent shot-takers on the Kings, that is the worst by far – and he also takes almost twice as many shots as anyone else.Â I don’t actually expect this two players to be matched up that much – Evans is a SG, and Monty won’t make Paul guard a guy so much bigger than him.Â Still, expect Paul to be more productive and impactful.
On a side note, last year, even with the above information, I’d still have been quaking in my boots at the thought of ‘Reke attacking from the perimeter.Â This year?Â With Belinelli, Ariza and Green guarding him?Â Not so much.
SG: Luther Head v Marco Belinelli
Luther Head has been the Kings most efficient scorer, due to a large number of free throws.Â Still, he almost never takes shots – so that benefit is limited.Â He’s also one of the worst rebounders around, and his good, but as infrequent as his shooting.Â I’d take Marco any day.Â Who knows, though.Â Maybe Head will be looking for revenge after the events of this summer.
SF: Donte Greene v Trevor Ariza
Greene just recently entered the starting line-up as Omri Casspi has fallen out of favor.Â He’s been markedly ordinary.Â Trevor doesn’t have a showy impact on the game, but he’s been great for the Hornets on the Wing.
PF: Carl Landry v David West
Landry is exhibit A for how a player looks great in one system and terrible in another.Â After setting all kinds of crazy efficiency benchmarks in Houston as a sixth man, he’s been very ordinary in Sacramento, not getting the ball where he needs it or having smart players able to play off of him.Â He’s only scoring 1.237 points per shot as a King, which is tops among their most prolific shooters – but to put that in persepective, every Hornets starter not named Trevor is scoring more efficiently than Landry.
C: Samuel Dalembert v Emeka Okafor
Dalembert has been a very good rebounder and shot blocker so far this season, but like Landry, the inability of the Kings guards to play off of or along with a big man has made him too often work for his own shots.Â He was never good at that, and he’s struggled mightily as a King.Â Let’s hope he takes lots of shots tonight.
Beno Udrih, Francisco Garcia, DeMarcus Cousins, Jason Thompson, Omri Casspi
Willie Green, Jason Smith, Quincy Pondexter, (Jarrett Jack?Â Thornton? Pops? Mbenga?)
Even if Jack is dressed for tonight, it’ll take a little time for this unit to gel, and the Kings have some solid pieces off their bench.Â Udrih is a solid backup point guard who finishes well at the cup.Â Garcia has been slowly re-finding his stroke and providing some scoring, and Cousins, though he’s been terrible offensively, has been a good rebounder. The same could be said for the foolishly marginalized Jason Thompson.Â Omri Casspi has been one of the Kings most effective shooters, but appears to have fallen out of favor in Sacramento.Â We’ll see if that rift has closed.Â If so, he helps this unit too.
Enjoy the Game.Â Talk it up!
As an Aussie I cant wait for David Anderson.. Even if he is allergic to the paint and any sort of effort But I would like to see marcus stay activated
great game...jk. i'll take it, team showed nice resilience. oh and willie if you read this, stop shooting sooooo damn much, your not kobe bryant. w/o ariza's D on tyreke and his much needed offense hornets would not have been close.
I think a Dalembert type is what we need at backup center. A tall, long, shot blocking, mobile, defensive center. Him or Chandler would be a nice fit for us behind Okafor.
Got him in my trade targets: http://www.hornets247.com/forum/new-orleans-hornets/trade-targets/#p544 Dalembert, Turiaf, and Nazr M are all guys who we can/should get. If we do, I like our chances against anyone.
QueenBee....I think Dalemebert is the reason we cant get to the rim. He's one long and great shot blocking center. Looks like we just tried though, but to no avail. (Even thought that Belinelli layup might have been a goal tend as it looked like it may have hit the backboard 1st, and that Okafor shot was a foul with the body)
I think its safe to say that this game tonight definitely helps our Points Allowed rank. Right now we are 3rd. Might move up to 1 after this. Haha.
Nice 3 Trevor but Hornets need to get to the rim. They'll probably be called for offensive fouls though if they try to get to the rim. Ugh.
Hornets better stop playing around with this team because they surely aren't playing around with them.
Man!!!!!!!! If we win this game I will not believe it. I hate to say it we have NO business winning tonight the way we are playing! (Obviously I hope we do win though....11-1. lol)
Can't wait for Jack to get here- Willie needs to move back to the 2 guard position. Glad we started this road trip at Sacto and LAC rather than Utah because this game would be over.
Green is a terrible backup PG....so glad Jack is coming to the rescue starting tomorrow. Phewwwwwwwww! And as ugly as this game is, we are still winning and WILL win this. Thats the difference between the current Hornets and the Hornets of past years. This would have easily been a 15+ point loss for us back then.
@rm no disrespect but i don't think you really know what your talking about in regards to cp3s scoring ability. he's scored 20+ ppg the last 3 seasons without having to shoot the ball too much. as for tonight the entire team is off. i'm sure if cp wanted to on most nights he could probably score around 30, but that wouldn't make the hornets a better team.
Willie has for the most part been pretty good for the Hornets. He's not tonight so we're calling for his head.
CP is a really good scorer and he has been pretty much all season. It's not gonna happen EVERY NIGHT though. Not for ANY player.
Please, for the love of God stop having Willie be a PG. He's the biggest ball hog I've seen in a while.
Hornets need a scorer. Someone who can consistently hit 20 a night. Someone that when the game gets ugly you can always count on. The one poor part of CP3's game is that he isn't a great scorer IMHO.
LMAO. I don't think I've ever seen anyone challenge CP when he lets the ball roll. And then he outjumped Head for the jump ball. The 4th is going to be ugly. I don't know if I can watch it.
From what i've noticed the last couple years it always seems like the hornets are very flat on sunday afternoon games
listening the nba tv halftime analysis and almost anyone else, people always assume that the hornets are some fast paced team like the suns or something but that hasn't been the case in a long time. people need to realize that they're a half court team and have one of the slowest paces in the league. I think there is a perception of that bc cp3 is so great in fast break situations and almost all hornets highlights involve transition or fast break points.
how the hell, are we tied??? thats just insane. were shooting an abysmal 30% to their not so good 40%. this is a crazy ugly game