Game On: Hornets @ Spurs

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Published: December 5, 2010

Before I get to the game, I wanted to address one thing.  For those of you who aren’t aware, there are rumors flying hot and heavy that the NBA could be purchasing the Hornets from George Shinn at any moment.  Yeah, the NBA, not Chouest or some other buyer.  Crazy, eh?

Questions, questions, questions.  Are there really so few people who want to buy the Hornets or is Shinn not pushing to find them?  If it’s the former, that begs the question - are the financials are that bad?  Why, Why couldn’t we have had Chouest in charge – it was so damn promising!  Is George that eager to get out? He’s not going to get top dollar selling to the NBA.  

Of course the NBA says that if it buys the Hornets, it wants to keep them in New Orleans and will look for a buyer who will do so – but the attendance issue is suddenly vital.  If we don’t hit it, then look for buyers with a completely different agenda to materialize.

As a result, I worry about a Sonics-Thunder Clay Bennett-style takeover of the Hornets.  I also worry just as much about this:  If a new owner comes in, it pretty likely he’d bring with him a brand new set of front office personnel. 

Sigh.  Monty Williams and Dell Demps deserve so much more than to be a caretaker front office.

There’s just so much unknown, it makes my stomach tight.  And not in a “The Situation” sort of way.

Matchup: Hornets(13-6) @ Spurs(16-3)

Off Efficiency: Hornets 103.3(17th), Spurs 109.0(3rd)
Def Efficiency: Hornets 98.7(4th), Spurs 100.7(7th)

Of course, there is also a rematch tonight against the League-Leading San Antonio Spurs.

These two teams faced each other last week, with the Hornets roaring out to a big lead.  Then the Spurs flipped the script, and the Hornets were crushed in the second half,  eventually losing the game in a blowout. 

There were several things for Monty and the guys to work on to prevent a repeat performance.  In that game the Hornets were out-rebounded by the Spurs and let them get into the paint for 52 easy points, while the Spurs killed CP3’s pick and roll attack, limiting the Hornets to only 9 points on 10 posessions.  The Hornets will need to find new angles to initiate that play if they hope to keep an effective balanced attack.

I’m not going to do a full positional analysis this time.  The same players will be on the floor as last week, particularly Manu Ginobili who should be on the top of everyone’s MVP vote this year.  I’d have a hard time picking between him and CP3, and I’m an unabashed CP3 fan.

Injuries:

Hornets:  West should be back.
Spurs:  None of consequence.

Let’s hope the Hornets come out hard in this one – and execute their offense better – than the last game.  Talk the game up in the comments!

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57 Comments

  1. QueenBee

    December 5, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    GEAUX HORNETS!!!

    sigh

  2. m-W

    December 5, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Word is that West is questionable, and Mbenga is out with the same stomach bug West caught. Pops is still out pursuant to that tooth in the elbow thing.

    • rm

      December 5, 2010 at 12:56 pm

      What that about Pops?

    • skiele

      December 5, 2010 at 1:19 pm

      wasn’t it david lee? Oo

      • m-W

        December 5, 2010 at 1:53 pm

        Similar. David Lee was out for awhile with an infection because of the tooth in arm cut. Hornets trying to make sure that doesn’t happen to Pops.

  3. skiele

    December 5, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    give to j smith 30 minutes tonight, and let’s bounce back!!!

  4. usufruct

    December 5, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Just announced…NBA is buying the team. Sad news.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=5887687

  5. Joe Gerrity

    December 5, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    A few things about the sale-

    1. I think it’s happening so fast because Shinn was desperate to sell before the end of the year for tax purposes.

    2. Even thought the deal is supposedly off the table with Chouest, he still owns 35% of the team (I presume).

    3. This more likely than not means that we won’t be using our 10 million dollar trade exception, even if a good deal comes up. I doubt the NBA will have their team over the luxury tax line. Very sad.

    • usufruct

      December 5, 2010 at 2:36 pm

      Sorry, I didn’t see you had posted the sale news in the “news” link. Guess I should’ve checked there first.

    • sundance

      December 5, 2010 at 4:02 pm

      I expect you’re right on 3, too bad.

  6. 42

    December 5, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Good banner.

  7. paradoxguy

    December 5, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    I admit I am a fair-weather fan of the Hornets and recently and unsurprisingly I have lost much of my enthusiasm for them due to their recent spate of losses. I can understand losing to the Spurs and Jazz, but to the Knicks and Clippers, plus a near loss to the Kings? If the Hornets win this one against the Spurs tonight, my faith will be revived markedly, but I don’t have much hope they will. Then again I recall periodically that the Spurs endured a 13-game losing streak in the 1998-1999 season before they went on to win the title the same year. Geaux Heaurnets!

  8. rm

    December 5, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    What is so hard about the Hornets system?
    Looking at these stats, Raptors got more out of Jack and are getting more out of Bayless than Hornets did and have.

    Bayless

    TOR 5 0 18.8 10.2
    NOH 11 0 13.5 4.5

    Jack

    TOR 13 13 26.7 10.8
    NOH 7 0 13.9 4.1

    I don’t know if this is anything, but I watched Bayless today and he looked really good. I never saw that from him when i watched him with the Hornets.

    • 42

      December 5, 2010 at 4:58 pm

      I think it’s just that it’s new, there’s been a great degree of roster turnover, and that the emphasis has been on defense, not so much that it’s hard.

  9. Go Blue

    December 5, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Any word if West is going to play yet?

  10. Schmide234

    December 5, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Ten before Tip says DWest will indeed be back in the lineup.

    • Go Blue

      December 5, 2010 at 6:00 pm

      Thanks for the info, I’ll be recording the game then. Let’s go hornets!

  11. NOH Domination

    December 5, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    I hate games on NBATV. I pay for League Pass broadband so I can watch the Hornets so why are NBATV games blacked out? Just dumb.

  12. Caleb

    December 5, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Sigh…

    We’ve really seen a pretty bleak pattern of regression after the first 10 games or so. I thought it was just a temporary slump, but as every game goes by things seem to get worse.

    The defense has been laughable so far tonight.

  13. Go Blue

    December 5, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    I’m hating the way this game is starting off, HORRIBLE on defense and bad on offense.

  14. skiele

    December 5, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    everything is falling for the spurs… the bonner buzzer beater was ridicolous…

    • Caleb

      December 5, 2010 at 6:42 pm

      That one was ridiculous, yeah… but otherwise they’ve been getting layups and open jumpers.

  15. Go Blue

    December 5, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Omg here we go again….Spurs hitting 3 pointers after 3 pointer.

  16. Go Blue

    December 5, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    I can’t watch this game..

  17. Ryan

    December 5, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    this is gettin ugly…..

  18. NOLA ALL DAY

    December 5, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Well, once again Dell Demps needs to realize we are no where near a complete team .Lets start by getting rid of bellineli who is inconsistent, like i said early but noyone thinks he is. Chris Paul not trying to score again doesnt surprise me also… hmmmm at least the Saints won!! WHO DAT??? not the hornets.

    • skiele

      December 5, 2010 at 6:55 pm

      oh yeah… the problem of the team is belinelli, get rid of him and the hornets are a championship team…

      • NOLA ALL DAY

        December 5, 2010 at 7:17 pm

        did i say bellineli was the only problem? why dont you go read my comment again and for future references read comments thoroughly before you decide to reply, it cant be that hard it was only a few sentences. I said lets START by getting rid of him. We need a real starting shooting guard who can score consistently and who can create their own opportuntites. When Bellineli trys to create his own opportuntites, it results in a turnover or a bad wild shot. Why not start Green untill or if we find another SG. Obviously theres more problems but this is one to bring up

      • Zwie

        December 5, 2010 at 7:24 pm

        I agree with Nola.. Bellinelli, is not our answer at the 2 spot. He cant create for himself, AND EVERY TIME HE DRIVES, i hear 1001 Italians babies screaming in anger.!!!!!

  19. CarnbY

    December 5, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Is it just me or does this happen every single Hornets game: “[random opposing player] has really, been struggling lately, but he’s really hitting ’em tonight!” ?

  20. skiele

    December 5, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    oh god…

  21. paradoxguy

    December 5, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Ouch–I had subscribed to comments for this article, but I had to unsubscribe because I simply became depressed being frequently reminded that the Spurs were pounding the Hornets again.

  22. 42

    December 5, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Basically 50 pts allowed in 15 minutes at a consistent pace. Could end up 150-75 if you only pay attention to stats…

  23. CarnbY

    December 5, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    screw this, I’m going to bed…

  24. George

    December 5, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Same problems we saw last season are strarting to creep up again.

  25. Hornet Seantonio

    December 5, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    What is happening to my Hornets?

  26. George

    December 5, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    If i was Monty I would start Thornton in the second half just to shake things up a bit, there is no chance we win this game unless we take a risk.

  27. QueenBee

    December 5, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    How is CP the only Hornet in double digits at halftime? SMH.

  28. QueenBee

    December 5, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    I was watching something else and when I turned it back Monty had gotten a techincal. What was the technical for? I mean I’m pretty sure it was because he was belligerent on the sideline but why was he belligerent?

    • 42

      December 5, 2010 at 7:33 pm

      He was saying there were some uncalled fouls in the lane, I think.

      I like the pictures.

      • QueenBee

        December 5, 2010 at 7:39 pm

        Those pictures show how I’m kind of feeling right now 42. I’m not really looking at the game because I already kind of felt like I knew how it would be so I wasn’t really in the mood to watch what I already knew. LOL! I turn it on to peek every now and then or may peek at the boxscore and then I go back to doing what I was originally doing. LOL. With that said, I have plans on attending this weeks games at home.

      • 42

        December 5, 2010 at 7:59 pm

        I feel about the same. I like the method of expression, I meant.

  29. George

    December 5, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    It is becoming abundantly clear that this team can not win a championship with Okafor at center, i’m sorry to put it all on him but we need someone who can finish in the paint better, not getting blocked by Sean Marks, and someone who is long and agile enough to guard the Amare’s and Tim Duncans

    • ppellico

      December 5, 2010 at 7:45 pm

      and still aaron gray sits!
      Tell him to go in and foul his rear off!!!

      • 42

        December 5, 2010 at 7:51 pm

        We need to experiment. Play a scrimmage, basically.

        I’m with you.

        Gray, Andersen, Marcus, Quincy, Jack.

  30. 42

    December 5, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    This is just a bad, bad day in the world of the Hornets.

    Looking at this team, this game, from the perspective of someone living outside the locales represented . . . if this team leaves, I’m done with the NBA, everything about it, for a while. I’ll soak up every minute of this team while they are here, even if they lose by 50 every night and Hilton Armstrong returns to be our best player. But not if they go.

    Most likely replacement team: Memphis. I’m so stupid. Replace in my life, not come here replace. I’m not even talking about that.

  31. BeesGivingEffort

    December 5, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Well, for all those people that urged patience, this performance tells me we are way closer to the panic button than I’d assumed by a lot. Monty’s little tiff with Marcus Thornton needs to end. GOOD NEWS – CP3 gets rid of his clunky ass knee brace and all of a sudden he is hitting the lane and making plays again.

    • 42

      December 5, 2010 at 7:54 pm

      And how has that worked out?

      If the brace is the issue, then an injury wasn’t the issue. I’ll take it.

  32. BeesGivingEffort

    December 5, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Oh. Marcus looks like he flat doesn’t give a flying s*** and I don’t blame him one bit. I’m starting to not give a flying s***.

  33. 42

    December 5, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Good Gray play from Jack.

  34. MaxJD_Nola2NYC

    December 5, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Are YOU SERIOUS??? ATTN: Chris Paul, how can you let this happen tonight? Where is your leadership? I have never questioned you before but where is your pride? Your sense of manhood? We are an nba team and you are our leader for now, how can you allow the pace of the game to be controlled by San Antonio and Matt BONNER!!#*;+!? Someone please tell me I’m dreaming this up????? 30+points ?! I’m nausious

  35. MaxALM

    December 5, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Belinelli is not getting it done for us. Period. He takes bad shots and forces the offense if he isn’t assisted on by a pass. His defense really isn’t as good as Ryan/Joe/Michael claim it to be. I have repeatedly watched him leave his man wide open for 3s. Of course, that’s including tonight.

    Additionally, I’ll say confidently that Jarrett Jack must be bringing this team down. Seriously, the Hornets have looked like two completely different teams since Jack has come on, starting with the loss to the Clippers. The Clippers. They are 2-5 since joining the Hornets and are about to be 2-6. The Hornets overall effort has been laughable since Jack came on board.

    Go ahead and say Jack was the best player in that trade but he has been an absolute nightmare for us since the trade. At least Bayless understood his role on this team. But no, that wasn’t good enough for all the Bayless haters. He didn’t score 20 a night. He must be awful. Bullshit.

  36. MaxJD_Nola2NYC

    December 5, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Jack is horendous

  37. MaxJD_Nola2NYC

    December 5, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Jack is horendous, please I could fit in better with this hornet team

  38. QueenBee

    December 5, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    It’s an odd year which means this could be the Spurs’ year.

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