Game On: Kings @ Hornets

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Published: December 15, 2010

Matchup: Hornets(14-10) @ Kings(5-17)
Off Efficiency: Hornets 101.3(21st), Kings 99.6 (27th)
Def Efficiency: Hornets 99.5(5th), Kings 107.3 (23rd)

Thanks to the amazing Dariusz Ejkiewicz for the Game Day Banner.

The Kings are coming to town just in time. Hopefully this game will mark a turning point for the Hornets just like the last one did. Since the last time these two teams met, the Hornets are only 3-9. The Kings have been even worse, winning only one of their last 11 games.

Edit- Tyreke Evans is in the starting lineup for the Kings.

With Tyreke Evans possibly out with an injury this game could be a blowout. Anything less is bad news. Honestly, even with Tyreke in the game the Hornets take just about every match up (excuse me for not analyzing them), and most of them rather convincingly. The crowd is expected to be relatively large for a game against Sacramento, so the team should have an extra bounce in their step right off the bat. I’m calling blowout.

What to watch:

  1. Luther Head on Chris Paul. Last game Head limited Paul to only 2-12 shooting, and the Hornets struggled overall on offense. Paul did wind up with 15 assists, but anyone watching that game knows that Head did a good job.
  2. Marcus Thornton- With the Hornets offense floundering as the season progresses, it will be interesting to see if Thornton can step up and make Monty Williams take notice. He should get an opportunity.
  3. Demarcus Cousins- I really liked what I saw in summer league from this guy, but during already he’s been a menace in the locker room for Sacramento. He has the body and the skills for the NBA, but it remains to be seen what his mental future holds. He will battle Okafor early on, and if Emeka can get him into foul trouble, this thing could blow open pretty early.

In the attendance world, the Business Council of New Orleans has pledged to buy 50,000 dollars worth tickets to boost attendance. The Save Our Hornets Foundation is sending a group of boy scouts to the game today to kick off our giving, and a number of other local businesses have seen to it that tonight’s game will be much more crowded than it would have been otherwise. The community is getting involved and that’s good news for all basketball fans.

With 12 games left to meet the attendance deadline, the Hornets need 178,596 fans total, meaning we need to average 14,883 per game.

I’m hearing that Charter and CST have a deal done. Everything sounds really promising.

Watch party pics will be posted when I get a chance tomorrow. Thanks to everyone who came. We’ll do it again soon for sure.

73 comments
L_Reazy
L_Reazy

I just hope Marcus Thornton can do this (1) consistently and (2) against better competition. GREAT GAME MARCUS, but the only thing I've ever criticized Marcus for was inconsistency. This game proves he can play good basketball ... it doesn't prove consistency! L_Reazy

MaxALM
MaxALM

Tale of Two Halves, Part II

HiMyNameisSteven
HiMyNameisSteven

To Everyone who questions everytime i mention marcus- ziko LReazy anyone else u guys realize marcus won us this game tonight along with okafor... he played great d got lost on a back door cut but the guy missed the layup and he was amazing again offensively putting in effort.

MaxJD_Nola2NYC
MaxJD_Nola2NYC

Holy Farts I can't believe we won, thank ypu MT5

da_freshness
da_freshness

Kinda fitting that Marcus is on the Banner today smiling. In the End it even looked like Cp3 was (finally) accepting Marcus.

Disturbed
Disturbed

This just in: Marcus needs to play more, and Belinelli less.

George
George

Have to give Monty some credit here for the three guard lineup move. We did to the Kings what the Spurs did to us when they used the three guard lineup

NOLABanks96
NOLABanks96

MT5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MONTY START HIM LIKE HE SHUDDA BEEN FROM DAY 1

NOLA ALL DAY
NOLA ALL DAY

WHO DAT?! Thornton dat!

42
42

Thornton say he's gonna beat dem Saints?

mbdtf
mbdtf

If Marcus doesn't get a significant increase in playing time after this performance, our coaches are without a doubt blind.

pinoyballah
pinoyballah

yeah seriously...the main issue during this slump looks like the lack of offense. when thornton is in he attacks the bucket and hustles. he may be a little trigger happy but id rather him shoot than any other of the guards besides cp3.

Foerever504
Foerever504

MARCUS THORNTON bitch slapped the KINGS I really love it

da_freshness
da_freshness

Thornton with the game winning Put-back.

pinoyballah
pinoyballah

thornton for the win! what hustle! 2 tips.

Go Blue
Go Blue

faceplam @ DWest missed free throws. Lol @ Cousins constant traveling.

George
George

Thornton getting his most minutes here, and suddenly the Hornets offense doesn't like like a mess

pinoyballah
pinoyballah

did thornton just get put back into the game!?!

NOLABanks96
NOLABanks96

damnit MONTY! start MT5. We dont need to trade 4 a scoring two gurad cause we got one right here. Demps needs to go after a starting 3guard. Ariza doesnt cut it as a starter and never did. GET TO DEALIN DELL!

Go Blue
Go Blue

OMGGGGGGGG taking out CP3 bet not backfire on us, Monty!!!!!!!!!! too late..............

George
George

Ouch, Smith just got kicked hard in the balls

da_freshness
da_freshness

Really Hope Monty is watching Marcus Shine right now.

42
42

He had a good view.

Go Blue
Go Blue

Now if only Monty will let Marcus start games, or atleast be the 6th man. He's playing really well (understatement) with CP3.

NOLA ALL DAY
NOLA ALL DAY

and when we play the next game, monty wont play thornton. Last season he didnt play when scott was coaching, then bowers played him and in 28 minutes per game when he started he averaged 19 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, in 28 minutes a game!!!! only 4 players in nba history have averaged 20 points, 5 reb. and 5 assists in their rookie season. Lebron, Michael Jordan, oscar robinson, and tyreke evans. they all played over 40 minutes a game, thornton did 20 4 and 4 in 28 minutes!!! and hes not playing?!?!?! look at what he does when he plays! Monty must be blind

Bywas2001hornet4ever
Bywas2001hornet4ever

finally we r showin a little resiliency. "oh look.. da hornets r actin like they dont wanna lose!!"

peronas
peronas

Marcus's intensity is contagious.

mbdtf
mbdtf

Marcus has officially gotten us back into the game!

MaxALM
MaxALM

To all Marcus-skeptics: Who is cutting to the basket? Who is hustling? Who is blocking shots? Who is getting steals? Who is making their shots? Mr. Marcus Thornton.

George
George

Marcus is trying harder than anyone on the floor right now, including Chris

TopherPrice
TopherPrice

And we see what the result of effort is! Buckets with the spark. Hopefully the rest keep burning as a result.

ur_gmas_daughter
ur_gmas_daughter

WTH is going on!!! What team is this? Which team on this court has 5 wins cause if I didn't know any better, I'd swear it was the Hornets! We started 11-1 and knew we'd come back down to earth at some point but we have PLUMMETED!!!

Bywas2001hornet4ever
Bywas2001hornet4ever

this is embarrassin. we r bein sabotaged by our own damn players! y do the hornets always end up with the damn devon browns of the league? its not fair. just because our management was bad and our trades where horrible, y do the fans have to suffer? we r tired of people comin in our house, blowin us out? the worst home refs in da league. goodness, terrible

George
George

Thornton is our only hope. I am hoping Monty realised we need him much more. Not only does he bring instant offense, he hustles and brings energy. He will not turn the ball over either

NOLA ALL DAY
NOLA ALL DAY

And then after a pathetic first half were gonna come out and let them out play us even worse. Monty Williams obviously doesnt know what to say or what to do, he uses the same rotations night in and night out and it gets worse and worse. I cant even watch this or any hornets games any more, this fuckin team doesnt give a damn, so im going to start not givin a damn.

MaxALM
MaxALM

hahah, wow. I don't know what else to do but laugh. This game is just hilariously pathetic. word of advice to the team: KEEP SHOOTING MORE JUMP SHOTS GUYS!

David
David

Down by 16 to Sac-town huh? Well hell. Let's blow this thing up. It was a fun start, but bottom line is this team is flawed and will remain that way. How about this: Chris Paul-Emeka Okafor-Willie Green-Marcus Banks to Orlando for Vince Carter (exp), Marcin Gortat, Jameer Nelson, Brandon Bass, Ryan Anderson, Daniel Orton, and a first round pick. David West-Jason Smith to Minnesota for Kevin Love and Kosta Koufous

mbdtf
mbdtf

Not gonna lie, I think we should hold on to Mr. Paul. However, I really am enjoying the idea of a trade at this point, because this is the worst I have seen an NBA team play in quite a while.

gobluefan4223
gobluefan4223

This team flat out can't score!!! It's embarassing!!! Can we please find some offensive talent somewhere. It's definitely not on this roster!!!

TopherPrice
TopherPrice

I envision Monty throwing shit and spit flying as he yells during half time. At least that's what I would be doing right now. At least try to wake this team up, and light a fire under them. Ugh, just a garbage game.

da_freshness
da_freshness

Stagnant. CP3 dribbles most of the shot clock, Monty takes the only player that is hustling out. No energy, no effort. 11-1 and now this.

MaxALM
MaxALM

So much for a blowout. Looks to be the other way around. No defensive intensity whatsoever, not much offensive intensity either. The Kings are shooting almost 58%. All I can say is that the Hornets are pretty much playing like THE WORST team in the league. They certainly look like it