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
Hornets24//7
Hornets24//7

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

JCS
JCS

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
42

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?

thekeymaster
thekeymaster

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.

Forever504
Forever504

and those refs should be FIRED

QueenBee
QueenBee

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

L_Reazy
L_Reazy

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
QueenBee

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

NOLABanks96
NOLABanks96

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

L_Reazy
L_Reazy

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

QueenBee
QueenBee

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

Schmide234
Schmide234

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
QueenBee

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!!

Forever504
Forever504

got DAMN they almost me a heart attack

QueenBee
QueenBee

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!

thekeymaster
thekeymaster

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

pinoyballah
pinoyballah

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.

QueenBee
QueenBee

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!

QueenBee
QueenBee

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

QueenBee
QueenBee

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

George
George

Yes! Clutch free throws from Thornton

Hornets24//7
Hornets24//7

MARCUS PROVE THE HATERS WRONG AND MAKE THAT SH@T

pinoyballah
pinoyballah

shaq i mean howard needs to practice free throws.

QueenBee
QueenBee

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

QueenBee
QueenBee

DEFENSE HORNETS!! DEFENSE!!!

QueenBee
QueenBee

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.

cp3pdx
cp3pdx

now I remember why Thornton doesn't play

Hornets24//7
Hornets24//7

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

George
George

Without Thornton we aren't in this game.

Hornets24//7
Hornets24//7

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

Hornets24//7
Hornets24//7

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

cp3pdx
cp3pdx

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

QueenBee
QueenBee

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.

QueenBee
QueenBee

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

George
George

NO! not overtime!

peronas
peronas

Oh god ariza is triggering

QueenBee
QueenBee

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

peronas
peronas

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

peronas
peronas

Ugh sounds like hollingers attendance number was correct

QueenBee
QueenBee

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

QueenBee
QueenBee

Big offensive rebound Marcus! BIG!