Game On: 76ers @ Hornets

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Published: January 3, 2011

He's not coming here, but at least he's not coming back from injury here.

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Matchup: 76ers (13-20)@ Hornets(20-14)
Off Efficiency: 76ers 102.2 (18th), Hornets 102.0(19th),
Def Efficiency: 76ers 102.8 (13th), Hornets 99.4 (5th),

Pace: Philadelphia 94.0 (18th), Hornets 92.1 (28th)

The 76ers are on the tail end of an eight game road trip tonight, and although this trip hasn’t been particularly bad (3-4 so far), they are only 5-14 on the road on the season. The Hornets are 13-4 so far at home.

Andre Iguodala will be on the bench, missing his fourth straight game with tendinitis in his right Achilles’, and in his stead, Evan Turner has seen a lot more time.

76ers to watch

Evan Turner- He’s averaging 30 minutes per game in the past four, so expect to see quite a bit of him. In the last two games, Turner has averaged 17.5 points on 56% shooting, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.5 steals, and one three-pointer in 32.5 minutes.

Jrue Holiday- He’s been an absolute menace in the past five games, averaging 20.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 1.0 steal, and 1.2 three-pointers in 39 minutes. He’s seen his season scoring average jump all the way to 14.3 as a result. The more we see from Jrue, the more it looks like we need to add another name to the list of good point guards from the 2009 NBA Draft. Take a close look at him tonight and ask yourself how he compares to Darren Collison now that our blinders are off.

Hornets to watch

Trevor Ariza- After a  dreadful offensive start to the season, Trevor has picked it up in recent games. With a relatively easy match ups on both ends of the floor, he should continue his relative hot streak. For the team to continue growing and improving, they will have to rely on Ariza to become a more efficient player on offense. I would expect him to put up another solid night, and to be especially aggressive going to the rim.

Jarret Jack- The guy has been ice cold ever since coming to the team in a deal that nearly every analyst proclaimed a huge score for the Hornets. Although most people have changed their tune since, it’s no secret that Jack tends to start slow and then get hot in a hurry. At some point he’s going to heat up, and it wouldn’t surprise me if he starts tonight.

A lot of people are saying that the 76ers are going to play another tough, scrappy game to close out their road trip (like they did against LA), but I see this going a lot differently. Whenever a team takes a demoralizing loss at the end of a road trip, especially when they clearly left it all on the court, it’s hard to come out the next game against another good team and bring that same fire.

Losses hurt, and even though they put up a good fight against the Lakers, I would imagine that at least some of the guys are already on their way home to Philadelphia. They were on the road for Christmas and the New Year. I’m sure at least a few of the guys have had home on the mind for quite a few days.

More to come from the Arena

And don’t forget to attend the Megaphone Show to benefit the Save Our Hornets Foundation.

27 Comments

  1. QueenBee

    January 3, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    We owe these guys a butt smacking and if the Hornets don’t give em one, I’m going to be sorely disappointed to say the least.

  2. QueenBee

    January 3, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    And speaking of banners, I was surprised the Hornets won against the Wizards with the Marco banner up. Haha!

  3. MaxJD_Nola2NYC

    January 3, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    I’m with you Queenbee, but I smell a win streak for us, this win will feel really good tonite! I tweeted CP3, and although he didn’t reply I know he reads them.. I smell triple double tonite!!

    • QueenBee

      January 3, 2011 at 5:57 pm

      A triple double for him would be really nice. A win streak would be even more nice. 🙂

  4. MaxALM

    January 3, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Im not going to treat this game like a gimme. But the Hornets SHOULD win. It would be nice to see a blowout as payback. Marcus is due for a big game as well, let’s see if he can bring it

  5. QueenBee

    January 3, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Also, we have Dick Bavetta tonight. He usually likes to show off for the home crowd so hopefully he doesn’t aid in screwing the Hornets tonight.

  6. 42

    January 3, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Hawes out.

  7. Ryan

    January 3, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Someone Stop Nocioni……

  8. f.g. di bene

    January 3, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    i liked the first quarter balls circulation of the bench guys.

  9. f.g. di bene

    January 3, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    green looks awful tonight

  10. Hornets24//7

    January 3, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    thorton is a dawg tonight

    • Ryan

      January 3, 2011 at 8:07 pm

      Thornton is doing good on Defense…

  11. Schmide234

    January 3, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    after that move by CP3 id say Jrue has as little cartilage left in his ankles as Roy has in his knees!!! dayum he almost fell backwords

  12. edbballin504

    January 3, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Ariza looks terrible, as usual.

    • Oc

      January 3, 2011 at 9:38 pm

      Agreed, q-pon time

  13. MaxALM

    January 3, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Seriously, why do we always let the other team come back?

    We could have put this game away if we wanted to. But now with a few minutes left in the game, it has to be a close game.

  14. Schmide234

    January 3, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Pondexter honestly may steal the starting SF position from Ariza next season. i mean ive watched the kid and he is damn efficient. takes really smart shots, plays awesome D, and he makes his shots. He also moves well off the ball allowing him to get easy shots and give space to our other scorers. i mean he cant be worse than ariza…

    • 42

      January 3, 2011 at 9:37 pm

      Q has great promise and is realizing more and more of it every day.

  15. George

    January 3, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Trevor looked horrible tonight, made those head-scratching plays. Q-Pon needs to be given more minutes the potential is there this guy can develop into a solid role player. Marcus and Green both played well on defense tonight and I liked Green making shots from mid range.

  16. 42

    January 3, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    13433. Not bad for a Monday, but we needed 1,000 more to make me happy in the pants.

    I sat by the Buckeye team.

    • 42

      January 3, 2011 at 9:53 pm

      We need to average over 14,700 over the remaining games this month.

      • Hornets24//7

        January 4, 2011 at 3:07 pm

        once football is over attendance will go up

      • 42

        January 4, 2011 at 3:30 pm

        Yes. And when does football end?

        Depending on what you mean, next Monday or in February, after the Cotton Bowl, or after the Saints lose (otherwise, see February).

        At best that leaves 5 games out there, 4 of them on weeknights.

        So, the uptick may not be relevant for this benchmark. It will help the next one for sure (they don’t end).

        Also, the official number came out (my number is based on unofficial data, and is 14,698 over the next 6 games.

      • Hornets24//7

        January 4, 2011 at 8:21 pm

        attendance will increase( once LSU wins the cottonbowl) the saints likely only will play 2 playoff games( it pains me to say that)

      • 42

        January 4, 2011 at 8:31 pm

        Right. Now look at the calendar and see how many games that leaves for the attendance to pick up before January 31 compared to the number of games for which is will not have. The attendance spike will help future periods of interest, but it won’t help this one that much. Every little bit helps though.

  17. BAPEPPER

    January 3, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    thorton has finally been added to the nba 2k11 roster

  18. m-W

    January 3, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Bees win with the Marcus Buckets banner!

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