Game On: Magic @ Hornets

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Published: January 12, 2011

Matchup: Magic (25-12) @ Hornets (22-16)

Off Efficiency: Magic 105.9 (10th), Hornets 102.6 (19th)
Def Efficiency: Magic 98.9 (4th), Hornets 100.0 (6th)

Pace: Magic 93.9 (18th), Hornets 91.7 (28th)

The Orlando Magic come to New Orleans tonight for a game as important in the stands as it is on the court. With five games remaining in January, the team has to average 14,933 fans per home game in order to trigger a lease extension. Of the remaining games, there are three against fairly big name teams (Orlando, San Antonio, OKC), and each one of them needs to draw big crowds. If you haven’t bought tickets, do it now. This game is going to be a good one.

The Magic have won 10 (edit-9)straight games and quite literally on fire since the trade that brought Hedo Turkoglo and Jason Richardson into town. The two teams split their season series last year with each team winning at home. Also, both teams are defensive minded squads who play at a slow pace. This one might be a very low scoring affair.

Injuries:

Magic: Malik Allen is questionable with a sprained left ankle while Daniel Orton (left knee surgery) and Jason Williams (arthritis in feet) remain out indefinitely.
Hornets: none

Positional Analysis

PG: Chris Paul vs Jameer Nelson
Advantage: Hornets

Jameer Nelson remains one of the most underrated point guards in the league today, mostly because of how good everyone else has been. Don’t be fooled by his exclusion from every single best PG in the game debates, because the guy can play. His numbers aren’t phenomenal, but he gets it done. He shoots 45/41/82, and puts up 14- 6.6- 3 boards- 1 steal in about 30 a game. He’s outperformed his opposition all year long by a PER of about 1.3. He scores .93 points per possession, and gives up only .82 to his mark. Still, he’s not Chris Paul.

SG: Marco Belinelli vs Jason Richardson
Advantage: Magic

Although Marco has been playing well of late (50/56/90 shooting in his last five), Richardson is a much more complete player than Belinelli. He rebounds nearly twice as often, and scores more points at a higher efficiency.

SF: Trevor Ariza vs Hedo Turkoglu
Advantage: As has been documented many times, Ariza is having an awful season, and Hedo has been reborn in Orlando. Perhaps he should be called the Phoenix. He racked up 17 assists the other night, and is just meshing beautifully with the team. He’s a big reason they have won 10 in a row.

PF: David West vs Brandon Bass
Advantage: Hornets

David West takes this one in just about every way, even though Brandon Bass is having his best season ever as a result of increased efficiency, and an all time high in minutes played per game. That said, he’s too small and West needs to take advantage of that all night long. Bass can be coerced into making mistakes, and considering how smart West is, I think he’s going to make Bass pay when he does.

C: Emeka Okafor vs Dwight Howard
Advantage: Magic

There was a time when it wasn’t clear who would be the better player. Emeka is having one of his best years ever, but the debate has long been settled. Typically Dwight dominates Dominates DOMINATES DOMINATES Okafor, so we might be seeing a lot of Aaron Gray (who played very well against Dwight last year).

Bench: Magic: Lots of guys

Hornets: Not many

Advantage: Magic

Even though the Magic are thin up front after sending Rashard Lewis and Marcin Gortat packing, they still dominate Jason Smith and DJ Mbenga/Aaron Gray. At the other three positions, the Magic have the advantage, although I firmly believe that Jarett Jack will make believers out of us soon.

Notes From the Arena

  • Marcus has played only 24 minutes in the past five games. The Hornets are 12-8 when he plays 10 minutes or more.
  • The Hornets have the 8th best home record in the NBA (14-5)
  • Blast from the past- Aaron Gray’s big game.

121 Comments

  1. pinoyballah

    January 12, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    WHAT TIME IS IT….AARON GRAY TIME!!??!

    • paul

      January 12, 2011 at 4:42 pm

      Be very careful here…
      Refs can decide a game’s outcome in as little as a quarter with foul calls.
      I think we should have MBenga activated as well.
      We need a lot of center rotations tonight.

  2. Mike

    January 12, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Good preview. Orlando’s won 9 straight games though, not 10.

    • QueenBee

      January 12, 2011 at 2:38 pm

      Right. Let’s not try to give them their 10th straight until they actually play tonight please. LOL.

      Also, a lot may depend on this guy…

      http://www.phillyref.com/basketball/nbarefs/ism_steve_javie.jpg

      Hahaha.

      • m_W

        January 12, 2011 at 2:54 pm

        Seriously, we have Javie? Ugh. 10 it is.

      • QueenBee

        January 12, 2011 at 3:05 pm

        LOL m_W!

        Did anyone see how Ken Mauer gave the Timberwolves 5 techs in a matter of 10 shot clock seconds in the game against San Antonio last night? Unbelievable.

  3. thekeymaster

    January 12, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    I hope the bench brings it tonight b/c i have a feeling that will be a major factor in this game also trevor needs to channel his play from the 09′ finals against the magic in this game.

    • QueenBee

      January 12, 2011 at 3:14 pm

      Yeah the bench needs to step up. Also, the Hornets will need to play some good doggone defense for 4 quarters or more if there happens to be a need for overtime. Don’t wait until after halftime to play defense. It could certainly be too late by then.

  4. QueenBee

    January 12, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    And ESPN’s John Hollinger will be at tonight’s game. I’m guessing he’ll be looking for some dirt to include in his next statistical article.

  5. newhornetmaster

    January 12, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    we dont do good against good shooting teams in the nba. i not expect much.

  6. QueenBee

    January 12, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Is Monty aware of what kind of game Gray had against Howard last season? I’m not saying it’s a given that the results will be the same but is Monty even aware? Last season was last season.

    • paul

      January 12, 2011 at 6:13 pm

      man, qween
      nobody is a greater fan than me.
      but putting these expectations on the big guy is rather rough.
      all i want is for him to give it everything.
      i think that last matchup was sort of freakish.
      gray can play against him, but i still believe refs can take gray out in a few calls.

  7. AgentZiko

    January 12, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    I would love to see CP come out aggressive and go RIGHT @ Dwight tonight.

    Go @ him how, you ask? Like this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7vfmqQbO0E

    Get Dwight in foul trouble, and we win this game EASILY.

    • QueenBee

      January 12, 2011 at 4:32 pm

      LOL AgentZiko! CP can go at Dwight but I don’t think he’s going to be trying any of that. LOL.

  8. Hornet Seantonio

    January 12, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    I got floor seats to the game leaving in like 10 mins so i wont be on here to bitch about willie green and listen to people say wheres marcus 🙁 GEAUX HORNETS!

  9. NolaHog

    January 12, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Pretty weak that Buzz Fest is getting cancelled tonight. Guess I’m going to have to get ripped at home before heading down to the game. I want to see the Hornets whoop up on some Magic ass! Big game tonight for the Hornets. Every player needs to show up tonight.

  10. 42

    January 12, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Exceeding 16,000 tonight is a reasonable goal with helpful consequences.

    • paul

      January 12, 2011 at 6:15 pm

      if this were chicago and we were voting, the number would already be in.
      i’m not sayin nuttin, i’m just sayin.
      see

  11. Stefan

    January 12, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Very optimistic views on this game in the podcast. I’m actually feeling very pessimistic at the moment. However, this is probably the result of the food poisoning I got…. I just hope you guys are right.

  12. Hornet

    January 12, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Hey, let’s give Ariza some credit for his play this month. The month is almost half way done and he is averaging –

    14.0 PPG, 51 FG% (5.8/11.4), 32% from 3 (1.4/4.4), 6.6 RPG, 1.8 SPG

    I think those are great numbers and I think it’s obvious since maybe the Atlanta game when he posted his first double double, he’s been playing much better and has looked much more comfortable and confident. If Hedo guards him tonight I expect another good game from Trevor. I think Trevor would be too athletic for Hedo to guard so let’s hope he tries. I’ve only made 1 prediction so far this year and that was Marco against GSW and I was right, so I’ll make another one and say that Trevor has at least 14 points and shoots right around 50%.

    • 42

      January 12, 2011 at 6:45 pm

      I’m all for that.

  13. JCS

    January 12, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Oh no. This is the announcer who keeps saying New Or-lee-unz.

  14. peronas

    January 12, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Ah man I hope Marco is alright.

  15. mbdtf

    January 12, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Perfect start other than Marco going out

  16. peronas

    January 12, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Beautiful pass!

  17. JCS

    January 12, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Would have been nice to see Turkeyglue and Bellynelly go 3 for 3, but players who stand too close to Superman have a tendency to get hurt.

  18. Mark

    January 12, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Tied up at 14-14, but all our players have neutral/positive +/-, while the Magic all have neutral/negative. Interesting.

  19. thekeymaster

    January 12, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    great west got his 2nd foul…

  20. mbdtf

    January 12, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Seems like the refs are always against us.. can’t figure out why though

  21. thekeymaster

    January 12, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    whoever called steve javie being an absolute prick like usual was dead on

  22. peronas

    January 12, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Dont waste your breath Monty Javie isn’t gonna change his ways….

  23. CP3nBrees

    January 12, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    How’s the crowd tonight?

  24. thekeymaster

    January 12, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    buckets goin buck wild!

  25. mbdtf

    January 12, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    haha Marcus is going off

  26. peronas

    January 12, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Marcus making things happen!

  27. Stefan

    January 12, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    I just remembered the comparison that was made on a previous podcast about how Jason Terry gets his points in the flow of the game, but Marcus Thornton gets his by being a ball stopper. I’m not hating on Marcus, but I would love to see him let the game come to him more.

    With that being said, brilliant start for him tonight! Geaux Marcus!

  28. thekeymaster

    January 12, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    how was that a foul on oak?

    • Stefan

      January 12, 2011 at 7:50 pm

      It wasn’t. Astonishingly, the called a travel, which is the correct call. That’s what makes it astonishing.

  29. NOLABanks96

    January 12, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Whats Marco out with?

    • QueenBee

      January 12, 2011 at 7:59 pm

      Looks like he turned his ankle.

  30. thekeymaster

    January 12, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    the offense is looking more active with marcus in, i think buckets and marco have similar skill sets but marco is too hesitant and/or doesn’t have the quickness buckets has

  31. Ryan

    January 12, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Cp3 was angry at Marcus for a second there….

  32. QueenBee

    January 12, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    If the Magic were playing any other team he’d have at least 2 fouls by now and Van Gundy would be b*tching.

    • QueenBee

      January 12, 2011 at 8:10 pm

      The ‘he’ I’m talking about is Dwight.

  33. thekeymaster

    January 12, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    good half so far, only 3 TOs, defense has been good and the offense has been active. i’d say keep to the same gameplan in the 2nd half and make howard try to beat us offensively. and geez mek learn the pump fake and you’d have 2 more baskets!

  34. Stefan

    January 12, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    I’m loving the low scoring affair.

    Did I mention I hate J Rich as well?

  35. cp3pdx

    January 12, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Lovin how Trevor and Marcus are playing. I think I would still be a Marcus fan if he was playing on any other team in the league… except the spurs

    • thekeymaster

      January 12, 2011 at 8:11 pm

      ya, there has always been certain hornets players that i will always root for i.e. LJ, hersey hawkins, etc.

  36. newhornetmaster

    January 12, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    what is attendance for tonight game anyone?

  37. thekeymaster

    January 12, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    stan van gundy looks like he has servers full of hard core pornography

  38. Hornet

    January 12, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Trevor 5-7 for 12 points.

    So far so good on my prediction.

  39. Stefan

    January 12, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    When did Toronto trade Stojakovic to the Magic?

    Ryan Andersen is killing is.

  40. Ryan

    January 12, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Pick up your defense Marcus…… any other night Reddick would have hit all three of them.

  41. thekeymaster

    January 12, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    only thing keeping the magic in the game is the 3 ball

  42. QueenBee

    January 12, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    I’m guessing this is what John Hollinger came to NOLA for…

    “And now the stat of the night for Hornets fans: 13,688. Disappointing attendance figure given opponent and impending escape provision.
    3 minutes ago via web “

    • peronas

      January 12, 2011 at 8:56 pm

      I really hope that numbers not accurate

    • Ryan

      January 12, 2011 at 8:58 pm

      I hope its just Hollinger’s hate for the Hornets and not the actuall attendance….

      • QueenBee

        January 12, 2011 at 9:12 pm

        I don’t know if that’s the actual attendance but that is the announced total. And I’m sure he isn’t in NOLA just because he wanted to see the Hornets play the Magic.

  43. peronas

    January 12, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Marcus got robbed on the offensive foul

  44. Ryan

    January 12, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    2 Robberies against Marcus…..

    1. That was not an Offensive Foul.

    2. He was fouled on the next possession.

  45. George

    January 12, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Wow offensive foul on Marcus? You have to to be kidding. Thanks goodness Redick is ice cold

  46. QueenBee

    January 12, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Indiana played Dallas which is a hot top team and they had 11K. Can someone tweet that to Hollinger?

  47. Forever504

    January 12, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    worst charge called EVER

  48. QueenBee

    January 12, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Charlotte had the hot Bulls in town and had 12K.

  49. thekeymaster

    January 12, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    i don’t understand how indy still has a team since i think their attendance has been terrible since miller retired and they haven’t made the playoffs in probably 6+ years.

    • QueenBee

      January 12, 2011 at 9:04 pm

      Indy has had financial problems and have been mentioned a time or two in relo threats but I doubt they have an attendance clause in their lease and I don’t think any team has ever left because of attendance. If the Hornets didn’t have that attendance clause in their lease most probably wouldn’t give a you know what about it but since they do, everyone wants to pay attention to it.

  50. George

    January 12, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Is Marcus Thornton superman?

  51. QueenBee

    January 12, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Howard throws elbows all night and finally got called for slapping Emeka’s hand away.

  52. Hornets24//7

    January 12, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    how is the attendance tonight?

  53. peronas

    January 12, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Wow, thats bogus…

  54. QueenBee

    January 12, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    CP arguing the Magic didn’t have possession on that missed Okafor free throw. Hedo let the ball bounce off of him like a hot cake and they say Magic had possession therefore was allowed to call a timeout. SMH.

    I love Hugo the Mascot when he dances. LOL.

  55. QueenBee

    January 12, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Big offensive rebound Marcus! BIG!

  56. QueenBee

    January 12, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Come on CP3!! We needed both of those free throws man!! Come on! Dang.

  57. George

    January 12, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    I can’t watch

  58. peronas

    January 12, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Ugh sounds like hollingers attendance number was correct

    • Hornets24//7

      January 12, 2011 at 9:28 pm

      whats the attendance???

      • QueenBee

        January 12, 2011 at 9:30 pm

        Scroll through the thread.

      • peronas

        January 12, 2011 at 9:30 pm

        According to hollinger 13,688.

      • Hornets24//7

        January 12, 2011 at 9:32 pm

        excuse my language but FUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  59. peronas

    January 12, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Why oh why did we not foul howard!!!!

  60. QueenBee

    January 12, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    EFF!!! See. CP needed to hit both of those damn free throws. Hornets would still be up 1.

  61. peronas

    January 12, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Oh god ariza is triggering

  62. George

    January 12, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    NO! not overtime!

  63. QueenBee

    January 12, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    They know they should’ve fouled Howard. Crazy not to.

  64. thekeymaster

    January 12, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    great NO has learned to guard the 3…

  65. QueenBee

    January 12, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Damn it! Overtime.

    And I still don’t like Trevor inbounding the ball. Especially not in crunch time. Damn Hornets! My heart can’t stand overtime.

  66. cp3pdx

    January 12, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    now I remember why Thornton doesn’t play

    • Hornets24//7

      January 12, 2011 at 9:35 pm

      y not???? is it cus of the amazing 3 he made in overtime? the 18 points he has tonight? the 9 rebounds he had? what is it homie? cus hes had an amazing night

      • cp3pdx

        January 12, 2011 at 9:38 pm

        watch the final 15 seconds of regulation again and tell me who left their man open behind the arc to double Howard in the paint

      • Hornets24//7

        January 12, 2011 at 9:41 pm

        smh u have no idea what youre talking about someone shouldve fouled howard. u dont know jack

    • George

      January 12, 2011 at 9:36 pm

      Without Thornton we aren’t in this game.

    • Hornets24//7

      January 12, 2011 at 9:37 pm

      dont forget about the big shot he just made with 30 sec left in overtime

  67. QueenBee

    January 12, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Come on Hornets. You’ve been playing well all game. Don’t lose it now.

    CP3, come through in the clutch man. All Hornets, come through in the clutch. PLEASE!

    Shot clock violation on the Magic. Good defense!!

    Double technicals? Here go the refs. Double T’s on Paul and Bass.

  68. QueenBee

    January 12, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Jesus, I’m shaking.

  69. QueenBee

    January 12, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    DEFENSE HORNETS!! DEFENSE!!!

  70. Hornets24//7

    January 12, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    dwight howard just CHOKED!!!!!!

  71. pinoyballah

    January 12, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    shaq i mean howard needs to practice free throws.

    • QueenBee

      January 12, 2011 at 9:45 pm

      No he doesn’t. At least not when he plays the Hornets. Haha.

  72. Hornets24//7

    January 12, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    MARCUS PROVE THE HATERS WRONG AND MAKE THAT SH@T

  73. George

    January 12, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Yes! Clutch free throws from Thornton

  74. QueenBee

    January 12, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Please pull this off Hornets. Please. I’m cold and shaking over here.

  75. Hornets24//7

    January 12, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    MARCUS MOTHA F*CKIN THORTON!!!!!!!!

  76. QueenBee

    January 12, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    HORNETS SNAP MAGIC WIN STREAK!! WOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

  77. QueenBee

    January 12, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Hornets needed this win at home because chances are the Magic will beat the Hornets when they go to Orlando. Good win Hornets! Good win!

  78. pinoyballah

    January 12, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    not that i wish injury to anyone but this might be a good thing to get thornton some mins. when he gets mins he performs, i could care less about how stats say he’s not good haha.

  79. thekeymaster

    January 12, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    great game all around everyone stepped up when they needed to especially thornton, although he was a bit of a chucker tonight but it worked out for the best

  80. Forever504

    January 12, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    got DAMN they almost me a heart attack

    • QueenBee

      January 12, 2011 at 9:59 pm

      You and me both Forever504! I know it’s just a game but when you want your team to win badly, it can cause heart palpitations. LOL!

  81. Schmide234

    January 12, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    THORTON IS CLUTCH!!! good to see he could hit the shots when jameer nelson essentially shut paul down. also Bass played great d on West…

    • QueenBee

      January 12, 2011 at 10:02 pm

      Paul must’ve shut Nelson down all night then with those 2 little points he had and West must’ve shut Bass down too with him going 3-13 and all.

      GEAUX HORNETS!! WOOOOO!!

  82. QueenBee

    January 12, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    I must give props to Emeka for basically holding his own against Howard. Good job Mek.

  83. L_Reazy

    January 12, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    As much as I criticize Marcus Thornton at times … I have to admit ….

    I’m very proud of this guy’s performance tonight!

    It’s not as if I don’t want this guy to play well. The better he plays, the better the Hornets are. Why would I wish for him not to succeed?

    Any of us who have been critical of him have been waiting for this performance / opportunity … especially against an elite team not named San Antonio!

    Now that Belinelli will be out for a while the stage is set for Marcus to prove that he can do this on a good team, night-in-and-night-out!

    I like Marco but, the Hornets do not win ‘this game’ if Belinelli plays his regular minutes!

    L_REAZY

    • QueenBee

      January 12, 2011 at 10:00 pm

      How do you know Marco will be out for a while?

      • L_Reazy

        January 12, 2011 at 10:03 pm

        I guess it’s an assumption based on ‘Gill’s’ comment about Marco leaving the game “…due to an ugly ankle sprain, and we don’t know when he’ll be able to return.”

        L_REAZY

      • NOLABanks96

        January 12, 2011 at 10:04 pm

        He got a sprained ankle so hell probly be out a couple weeks

  84. Forever504

    January 12, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    and those refs should be FIRED

    • QueenBee

      January 12, 2011 at 10:04 pm

      With Javie leading the charge I’m surprised Hornets won that darn game.

  85. thekeymaster

    January 12, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    gotta say ariza has been looking great lately, looks like he got his confidence back, and hopefully he’s going to be more active in making cuts towards the basket now. if we get that kind of game out of ariza every night we’d probably win 70% of the time.

  86. JCS

    January 12, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Glad we won this one. Okafor did a great job against Superman, but he could have used some help. We need to cut Gray ASAP and get someone who doesn’t make a donut collection on stat sheets. Francisco Elson anyone?

    • 42

      January 12, 2011 at 11:39 pm

      Why would anyone want someone you say is the worst in the league?

      Why would anyone engage in a trade for him? And which of few teams under the cap would just absorb him?

  87. Hornets24//7

    January 13, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    was the attendance really 13688? cus on tv it looked like a lot more!!!!

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