The theme of the night will be conflicting styles, as the Knicks bring their fast paced offense (2nd fastest) to New Orleans (4th slowest). The Knicks come in having won their last five road games, and four in a row against New Orleans.
Even though the Knicks roster is almost entirely different every year, the team still scares me. Not in the same way that Michael is scared of OKC, but more in the way that I’m scared of termites. I know that if I just execute a proper strategy they won’t be a problem, but sometimes that just doesn’t happen, much like the Hornets sometimes just don’t show up against the Knicks.
For the Hornets to be successful they are going to have to control the tempo and play their half court game. Once in the half court they need to find a combination of players that can effectively check the the pick and roll. If they start trying to gun with the Knicks it’s could be a long night.
Raymond Felton and Amare’s execution on the pick and roll has progressed tremendously since training camp. It’s a huge part of why the team has been successful and why they will probably continue to be going forward. As we know, a great pick and roll is nearly impossible to stop. Felton to Amare is starting to look like something pretty fantastic, so keep an eye on that.
Felton is having his best year ever, quite literally looking like a superstar. He’s been so good that he’s got Larry Brown pining for him over in Charlotte, and fans wondering why MJ let him go. His turnovers are up a bit, but that’s to be expected when transitioning to a fast paced offense.
SG: Marco Belinelli v Landry Fields Advantage: Hornets
Everybody is all of a sudden in love with Landry Fields (EC Rookie of the Month), but I’m nto sold yet. I’ll take Marco’s defense and superior shooting until Landry proves me wrong. If Marco is on Landry defensively he needs to keep him off the glass.
SF: Trevor Ariza v Wilson Chandler Advantage: Knicks
This should be an interesting match up, with Chandler having the advantage inside and Ariza outside. Both are good defenders so I wouldn’t think either will have much offensive output, but it should still be a fun battle to watch. All of a sudden it looks like Chandler has turned in to a shot blocker, so keep an eye on that to see if it’s real or just a result of a small sample size.
PF: David West v Danilo Gallinari Advantage: Hornets
Two very different players should produce some interesting possessions on both ends. It’s not really clear who is going to be guarding who to start the game, but if West is on Gallinari he’s going to try to go inside, and on the other end Gallinari will spend most of his time on the perimeter. It’s possible West will switch over to Chandler at times leaving Gallinari to Ariza.
C: Emeka Okafor v Amare Stoudemire Advantage: Knicks
Last year Amare abused the Hornets front court when he was with the Suns. Whie the Hornets defense is largely revamped, the advantage that Amare has over Okafor is pretty big. Look for the Knicks to go to Amare inside early and often, and for the Hornets to try and find a way to help Okafor once Amare catches it. One advantage Emeka does have is on the boards, so at the bare minimum he needs to win that battle.
Knicks: Tony Douglas, Roger Mason, Bill Douglas, Ronny Turiaf, Timofey Mozgov
Hornets: Jason Smith, Jarrett Jack, Willie Green, Marcus Thornton, Pondexter, Pops, Mbenga Advantage: Hornets
Points- Hornets are giving up 6.5 and bettors are split 50-50.
Money line- Hornets are -280. Knicks are +240.
Over/under- 204 with 85% taking the over. I like the under here.
Fuel for the Fire- Does anyone else remember when Chris Paul demanded a trade? I don’t, and find it pretty absurd that actual newspaper writers are reporting that he did. Cite your source, please. This guy, Ebeneezer, is a real scrooge-
But is Raymond Felton the point guard the Knicks really want? The 26-year-old may be reminded that he’s a mere consolation prizeÂ Friday nightÂ in New Orleans, when he goes head-to-head with Hornets guard Chris Paul.
Why? Because shortly after Donnie Walsh signed Felton in July, Paul demanded a trade from New Orleans, listing Broadway as a preferred destination.
I'm starting to feel like other fans, that CP3 is becoming more and more disinterested. If he gets someone open, they just miss it. If he passes Mek the ball in the paint, he just jumps off one leg off balance and throws it up with one hand. I can see why he isn't as "aggressive", what's the point? Why risk getting injured again, when the team is out of sync. Monty needs to work on his rotations, but he's a rookie coach, he'll get it sooner or later (I hope).
He can create shots for himself which he isn't doing. Ariza and Belli knock down shots when they're open but Chris isn't doing it for them. As for rotations, coaches cannot be set on a rotation. Byron was very set on his. Look at the best coaches in the league. Poppavich, Phil Jackson, and Sloan. All three of them have tentative rotations but the flow of the game and how the player is doing determines their lineups, not already set in stone rotations. A coach has to be flexible and they have to demand toughness and aggressiveness from their bench. Poppavich and Sloan do this very well and they always have a slew of guys on the bench that are willing to come in and play hard to get minutes cause they know if they don't play with passion they'll be sitting down. Set rotations takes a lot of the motivation a bench player has because he knows he'll get minutes regardless. Coach Pop and Sloan do this extremely well. (not sure about Phil Jackson. How do you even analyze that guy. He's so weird)
I remember at the beginning of the season the Hornets were like 2nd in the league in not allowing 3's. They let the Knicks have their way tonight though.
They probably won't beat the Spurs on Sunday either.
I don't get why the Hornets aren't running out on 3s?!?!?!?! The Spurs do NOT let teams take 3s. They chase them off and rotate. I haven't seen one good rotation all game long. They're doing a terrible job of immating the Spurs. The pick and roll defense has been horrible the whole game also. There needs to be a help defender on Stoudamires catch! Montes strategy to switch the pick and roll should never be tried again. EVER! Okafor is never going to guard a PG effectively EVER! So Monte... DON'T DO IT! That's all I have for defense. On offense there is 3 minutes left in the game and Chris is walking the ball up the court down by 10. I haven't seen him attack once in the last couple weeks. He just prances around the perimeter, runs the clock down, then passes it off for a low percentage shot. The Hornets as a team need to stop worrying about keeping the pace so slow. The point at which a shot goes up in the shot clock does not dictate your defense on the other end so please jog the ball up the court get right into the offense and take the first good shot. Then hustle back and play your butts off on defense. This team is playing uninspired and the last couple weeks CP hasn't cared whether they've won or lost. It's pathetic. Having said that it's more Montes fault than the players. Somebody has to get in CPs face and tell him to get into the offense right away and jog the ball up. That same person has to get on the players when they make terrible defensive plays. It's on Monte
Why do they need to get in CP's face if you already know he's disinterested? LOL.
CP and the rest of the team probably wasn't inspired after finding out Chouest probably won't buy the team now. Was Chouest even at the game tonight?
CP and some others probably want to be traded kind of like Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis did when they found out the Sonics could be headed to OKC. LOL!!
This has nothing to do with Chouset. Shinn is doing just fine as an owner and the NBAs talk to buy the team is to try to quicken the sale to a person that wants to keep the Hornets in New Orleans, probably Chouset.
About CP... Trust me, someone getting in his face will make him very interested. When he's trying to prove something to the world he's at his best. He has drive on offense and he's always moving. Right now he just stands, walks around, and waits. Chris can handle criticism. He's not fragile and right now he needs it.
This game shows how much DWest helps the team. I wish they would had won, but Dwest is a HUGE part of this team. J Smith is decent backup PF, and he tries to play well but he isn't a starter by any means. Marco couldn't hit a shot to save his life. I really thought CP3 was going to slap Mek during the 3rd quater. Mek really needs to handle the ball better, and dunk it with some power. It's like he's afraid of the ball sometimes. All in all, I'll deal with this lost and look forward to the Spurs next. I hope DWest is healthy by Sunday's game.
I can't believe it, it looked like we were trying to lose the game. Why not play Smith when he was doing so well? Why wait so long for Paul to come back in the game when we are down? Appaling substitutions by Monty once again.
CP can play more. Some here will probably say he can't being his knee is about to fall off and everything but he can play more. Monty's substitutions are starting to suck. 19 games in we should be getting better. Not worse. Let's GEAUX!
I have to disagree. It didn't matter who was on the course cause nobody was playing defense. Monte has his lineup set and it's not changing. Now that players have earned Montes minutes they know he's not going to take them out so why try on defense? Monte has to be much more assertive in his coaching. When a player makes a defensive mistake take him out. He'll learn not to make those mistakes. If a player takes a bad shot, so be it. But there can NOT be defensive lapses and Monte is allowing it.
Dude!!! I just bought $1000 worth of Hornets tickets!!!!! Noooooooo!!! I want to see Jack play 15-20 minutes and Willie Green as the first option off the bench!!!!. Please CP3 when I fly half way around the world to see the game only take 2 first half shots.
I think the hornets D isn't actually as good as it looks on paper bc they play such a slow pace and that makes the opponents points per game go down. Also if they were a good defensive team they would actually try and get a hand in a someones face when they're shooting a 3 and cause some damn turnovers. Also the more i watch cp3 play the more i think he isn't invested in this team at all and it seems to me that he is almost sabotaging them but then again i could just be bitter and paranoid.
Why has Jack, a 36%* shooter, tried 6 shots while CP3 has 2? Why does Jack have 15 minutes while CP3 has 13? Why oh why would you have Jack ever on the floor to close out qtrs? Poor coaching.
Impressive job by J. Smith.
Amare goes for 50? lol
In addition Willie Green sucks. MT5 is better.
*25% with the Hornets
I think that Monty wants Paul to rest to be active in the second half, I think that if we want Paul to play 32-34 minutes in the regular season and want to close the games this is the best tactic available, less minutes in the first half (especially if the game is in control) and more on the second.
Watchin the game on League Pass not a great first half for the Hornets BUT the BADASS fact of the night I heard from the NY announcers: Willie Greens' dad is the drummers for The Neville Brothers!!! IS that awesome or what?!?
Is it just me or do you think Chris Paul is thinking about his leg a little and not being as aggressive. I mean obviously right now you don't him to attack all the time, but the past week or so he has seemed a lot less aggressive do you think it has something to do with his injury?