Game On: Hornets at Lakers

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Published: January 7, 2011

The Hornets play Los Angeles for the second time in ten days and they hope to get revenge for the beat down that Lamar Odom and the rest of the Lakers put on them at the hive. Odom came off the bench in the first meeting and scored 24 points, two of which were on a one on three fast break in which he went behind the back with the ball, threw it off the glass to himself and finished strong. It was rather embarressing and indicitive of the night as a whole.

The game was all but over in the first half, as LA went to the locker room with an 18 point lead. It was a humiliating game that saw the Hornets grab a season-low 24 rebounds, and they were outscored in the paint 46-30 as well. The game would have been a lot worse if not for LA’s 20 turnovers (7 from Kobe), and in all honesty, many of those were unforced errors.

When teams have had success against the Lakers this year, they have been able to get out and run against them, outscoring them significantly in fast break points. Memphis put this formula on display in LA just five nights ago as they outscored the Lakers 28-5 in fast break points on their way to a 104-85 victory. Since that game, LA has won their last two games by controlling the boards and by making teams play at their pace.

For the Hornets to win tonight, they might have to be a little uncharacteristic and push the tempo. The Hornets have already tried to play the half court game against LA and they were outclassed and outexecuted. LA’s size on both ends of the court just give the Hornets problems that they have no answers for. I said it in the podcast, and I will say it again, Lamar Odom would be the longest player on this team and he is LA’s 3rd big. That is scary. Standing toe to toe with the Giant is not the way to beat him- you’ve gotta run him around and force him to fight outisde of his comfort zone.

Other News and Notes:

-I know it might be a frustrating article to read, but I think every Hornets fan should take a look at the article by Jim Peltz of the Los Angeles Times. In it he gives an interesting take on the state of the NBA’s ownership of the Hornets, some horrendous quotes by Phil Jackson, the viewpoint from the local Hornets fans, the attendence benchmarks, and much more. Worth a read.

- We have been saying for a long time that the Hornets bench has been the number one problem with this team, and now we have the data to back it up.

- Monty has said several times that he will continue to work on finding answers to our bench problems, and he has admitted that a big part of that solution might be to simply play the starters more. While nobody wants to see Chris Paul or David West approaching 40 minutes a night, at some point you have to wonder if that is the only solution. For now, Monty will try to play units that are comprised of both starters and reserves, rather than just putting out 5 subs to start the 2nd and 4th quarters, but you have to wonder if he will be robbing Peter to pay Paul. Hopefully Monty can find a way to improve the 2nd unit without the first unit suffering.

- Lakers are 8 point favorites in this game, but if you are going to bet on this game, my advice would be to take the under (which is 190). In their last 14 road games, the Hornets have gone under 11 times, which kinda makes sense since their bench never shows up and they are forced to play a low scoring, grind it out game to try to steal a victory. If you put a gun to my head, I would also take Hornets +8 considering that the Lakers are 1-4 in their last 5 at home against the spread. I say the Hornets stay close, and pull off a shocker- 96- 91.

- Talk about the game here or visit our Forums. Two conversation starters: 1.) Caption this picture and 2.) Pop Quiz (don’t look it up, no cheating) Question: We told you the Hornets had the worst bench rating, now you tell us what five benches do you think graded out highest? (Clue: #1 and #3 are in the East, the other three are in the West)

84 comments
QueenBee
QueenBee

Monty Williams: On the shooting struggles with the Hornets bench players: “They gave them a cushion and our starters had to find a way to chip away at it and get it close again. I’m not going to put this on the bench. That happens against the world champs on this floor.” When ARE you going to put it on the bench Monty? That happens against the world champs on this floor? 5 teams didn't seem to care that they were on the Lakers' floor. Should the Hornets lay down because they are on the champs floor? Start holding other bench players besides Marcus Thornton accountable for their suckage please.

Eman5805
Eman5805

The time has come with Thornton. Either play him or trade him. What good is he to us if he's languishing on the bench? I mean Aaron "Rebound? What's that?" Gray is worthy of minutes, but not the "20 points in a cloud of dust" guy? He's got too much ability to not get ANY minutes in such a big game.

QueenBee
QueenBee

A DNP for Marcus? I just heard Gil say on the post show that you have to use speed to get past size when playing the Lakers. Marcus has speed. Can't have speed on the bench though. SMH.

QueenBee
QueenBee

Didn't watch the game tonight. Why did Chris Paul only take 6 shots? Did Derek Fisher have him locked down or something?

Eman5805
Eman5805

CP3 couldn't even look at the basket without two Lakers all over him. Without the guy that he can swing too that'll gash the Lakers for paying too much attention to CP3 on the perimeter or the big flashing down off the pick and roll for the dunk, CP3 isn't the type to force up low percentage jumpers. Hence, six shots. A point guard is only as productive as his teammates.

QueenBee
QueenBee

I see Eman. So CP garnered some serious defensive attention tonight heh? I'm not surprised. He usually does.

mbdtf
mbdtf

He was trying to get the whole team involved. And it worked. All the starters played pretty well. Unfortunately, starters can't play 48 minutes.

mbdtf
mbdtf

Haha yeah Mathieu had a great game. He had an interception and that TD that they took away. And he's only a Freshman!

QueenBee
QueenBee

Worth watching in your opinion mbdtf? I might watch then. Yeah that Cotton Bowl was awesome! Jefferson had a pretty nice game tonight. I was mad when they took our last touchdown away though. I spitting drink out. LOL!

mbdtf
mbdtf

Well I'd say it's worth watching. We hung in there the whole game for the most part. Cotton Bowl was awesome though! Since when does Jefferson play well?

QueenBee
QueenBee

Dang. I was over at some friends watching the Cotton Bowl and figured I'd watch the Hornets replay late tonight but I don't know about that now. Hahaha!

MaxALM
MaxALM

And yeah about Green and Jack, they are abusing Monty's trust. Bad execution.

Parisien
Parisien

Oops, I just threw my head into the first wall I met. Damn, it's a worst feeling when we feel that we could have made it with just a decent bench, isn't it?

MaxJD_Nola2NYC
MaxJD_Nola2NYC

We lost because we don't have a decent BIG... Demps if u see this get us a decent reliable center

MaxALM
MaxALM

Great effort Bees. A few minor mistakes at the end with holding onto the ball, but you were hangin tough. Nothing to get down about, keep your heads up. Just keep that energy against Denver.

Go Blue
Go Blue

They played alot better than I thought they would, based off the last game against the Lakers. Willie is really starting to upset me, he plays with too MUCH confidence. All the starters played very well, and Trevor has been playing really well the past few games, hope he keeps it up. Also, Quincy is getting better each game he plays, and Aaron did a decent job (better than I thought he could) against the Lakers' giants.

George
George

Yeah I have to agree Hornets put up a good fight can't really be disappointed in them, but I would like to have known what would have happen if Thornton took Willie Greens minutes tonight haha.

m-W
m-W

Listen folks. Hornets bench scores only 15 points. 12 off of FTs. Marcus Thornton is a DNP. You do the math.

Mark
Mark

I don't mind that last post on 247 regarding how MT5 isn't the solution, but I don't see us winning many games without him either.

42
42

Had the damned ball, the tossed it away before we got into the foulsies thing. Hornets played a solid game, unlike against Golden State. I'm encourage as we've played some solid ball against a good club, despite the bench coming up short again. Good Pondexter minutes.

Hornet Seantonio
Hornet Seantonio

omg wow

Hornet Seantonio
Hornet Seantonio

well we pretty much lost, but it was a great game against a great team. This loss is a good loss though we showed we can hang with the champs

42
42

We can do this.

Hornet Seantonio
Hornet Seantonio

man as soon as i saw cp take the lane was about to scream 2 point game man......

42
42

All the starters have done enough over the course of the game. We are playing well, if losing to the champs. There are many things to be encouraged by to put next to the upsetting lapses and shortcomings.

JaeAmazin
JaeAmazin

We got A Call..There is A God!

George
George

We need a new shooting guard, Green and Belinelli have hurt us tonight.

m-W
m-W

Ummm....Marco is 4-7, 2-3 from deep with 3 steals. And Green? Well, obviously, he should wear a suit and Thornton should be playing.

George
George

Yeah I guess he has been alright but after seeing a sequence where he missed a layup then tried to split two defenders with the dribble and turned it over for a 4 point swing I needed to vent my frustration

MaxALM
MaxALM

Wow, of course Artest is worthless until he plays the Hornets.

George
George

Lamar Odom is unguardable, too versatile

m-W
m-W

I'm okay with most of the reffing here, but Fish has drawn two questionable calls, between the loose ball flop on CP3, and then the "charge" on Belinelli...

Hornet Seantonio
Hornet Seantonio

i dont understand the lakers, they get damn near every single call but as soon as they blatantly foul someone and its called against them they always bitch

George
George

Please take Green out of the game

Hornet Seantonio
Hornet Seantonio

lol poor bob this dude never knows where the shots from. hes always saying 3's when they 2's , 2's when they threes callin shit elbow jumpers that arent lol bless his soul

George
George

Haha you idiot Gasol trying to behind the back dribble on Chris Paul is begging to get the ball stolen

DownUnder
DownUnder

R u kidding me Gray just big of course his going to knock a few ppl around but it aint a push

MaxALM
MaxALM

Well, looks like those cocksuckers (refs) decided the Lakers should win today. Kobe just high-fived Artest with a look on his face that was like "well, damn, if the refs are gonna give us that, I'll take it"

m-W
m-W

I will go nuts on refs when I think it's called for. But I haven't seen any problems tonight.

George
George

Now Gray? Monty playing both our 7 footers at once but its a shame neither can play D

DownUnder
DownUnder

I couldnt see that push from Meka then

MaxALM
MaxALM

BULLSHIT Bynum was NOT fouled by Mek. Are you kidding me?