Game On: Grizzlies @ Hornets

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Published: January 19, 2011

Matchup: Grizzlies(19-22) @ Hornets(26-16)

Off Efficiency: Grizzlies 101.9(22nd), Hornets 102.4(20th)
Def Efficiency: Grizzlies 102.7(13th), Hornets 99.6(4th)

The Grizzlies have an okay defense, but for a team with Randolph and Gay, who both have a reputation for being scorers, their offensive output is pretty lame.  One of the primary reasons for that is the teams propensity for turnovers and inability to force turnovers by their opponent.  So far this season, the Grizzlies turn the ball over on 16.10% of their posessions, and force turnovers on 13.43% of opponents posessions.  That differential is the biggest in the league this season.

Offensively, Memphis is a load in the paint behind Randolph, Gasol, and Gay’s penetration, and that’s good because as a team they are terrible shooters.  They take the third most shots at the rim of any team in the league, and convert them at a pretty good rate.  They also take the league’s second most shots from 4-10 feet as well, though this is apparently where their range begins to falter.  They are the 9th worst team at hitting shots from that range, and from there out, they are in the bottom half of the league at shooting efficiency.  Despite their weakness shooting the ball, they still take a lot of 20-footers, but they do manage to take BY FAR the league’s lowest number of three-point shots.(12.4 per game)  This is somewhat good for them, since they are also the league’s 4th worst set of marksmen from that distance.

It’ll be interesting to see if the Hornets can keep the Grizzlies on the Perimeter.  If they can accomplish that, the Hornets have a great chance to win.

Injuries

Grizzlies: Tony Allen is day to day.
Hornets: None

Positional Analysis

PG: Mike Conley v Chris Paul
Advantage: Hornets
Conley is playing better than he ever has, which is still damning him with faint praise.  He’s a poor shooter, draws few free throws, and isn’t called on by the team to do a whole lot of playmaking since it’s primary shooters – Gay, Randolph, and Mayo – are all isolation guys who rarely work off of someone else.  Paul has been struggling mightily the past few games with a weak ankle, but I still can’t give Conley an advantage here.

SG: Sam Young v Marco Belinelli
Advantage: Hornets
The Grizzlies have been playing Sam Young at shooting guard now that Mayo is coming off the bench and Tony Allen is having trouble with his ankle.  Marco has been up and down, but at least he has a definable basketball skill or two.  Young can’t dribble, he’s a poor shooter, he rarely passes, and he turns the ball over a lot.  About the best I can say for him is he hustles, and his rebounding is slightly better than average for shooting guard.

SF: Rudy Gay v Trevor Ariza
Advantage: Grizzlies
Ariza actually has a history of shutting down Gay – enough of one that Chip from the Truehoop Blog 3 Shades of Blue has commented to me about it on multiple occasions.  Still, Ariza is so inconsistent with his own offense I have a hard time giving him the edge over Gay in his best season yet.  Oh – and that is also damning Gay with faint praise.  He’s more efficient than he’s ever been, but he’s still not even scoring at David West’s level of efficiency, much less the level of efficiency you’d want from a lead scorer paid like a superstar.  Oh, and he doesn’t pass or rebound or get many steals for the number of minutes he’s on the court.

PF: Zach Randolph v David West
Advantage: Grizzlies
This is a razor-thin advantage here, and it goes entirely to Randolph’s mastery of the boards.  West is a more efficient scorer, better passer, and . . . brace yourself . . . a better defender than his opponent in this game.  Still, I think that’s over-ridden by the fact that Randolph is a monster rebounder, and will be hard for the notoriously-weak-on-the-boards Fluffy to keep from cleaning up the glass.

C: Marc Gasol v Emeka Okafor
Advantage: Hornets
Marc Gasol is having a bit of a down year after last year, but he’s still a fine center with a nice passing touch and solid ability to finish around the basket.  Okafor, however, is having a stellar month of basketball and though he’ll give up some size to Pau’s little brother, I expect him to outplay him tonight.

Bench
OJ Mayo, Darrell Arthur, Xavier Henry, Grievis Vasquez, Hasheem Thabeet
Jarrett Jack, Marcus Thornton, Willie Green, Quincy Pondexter, Jason Smith
Advantage: Hornets
If you want to find the rare bench worse than the Hornets, then Memphis may be the place to look.  Mayo is a combo-guard who doesn’t pass, doesn’t rebound, and has been less efficient than Trevor Ariza at shooting this season.  Xavier Henry is a shooting specialist rookie who has managed to be even less efficient shooting the ball than OJ Mayo.  Then there’s Grieviz Vasquez, who is even worse than Henry.  Really.  Oh, and Hasheem Thabeet apparently forgot how to rebound. If he played starters minutes(36 minutes) he’d be averaging 6.4 rebounds per contest.  He’s 7’3″.  The only reserve on the Grizzlies I wouldn’t mind having around would be Darrell Arthur, who is providing a decent amount of scoring punch and rebounding as a backup power forward.  Not great, just decent.

With Jack becoming comfortable with this team, and Monty appearing willing to play whichever of Green or Thornton is producing, I expect the Hornets bench to do alright against Memphis.

Enjoy the game.

126 Comments

  1. AgentZiko

    January 19, 2011 at 10:07 am

    “West is a more efficient scorer, better passer, and . . . brace yourself . . . a better defender than his opponent in this game.”

    LoL. I found that hilarious. It’s so true though.

    I don’t care who plays well tonight. I wouldn’t care if Jason Smith popped off for 45 points and took 90 shots to do it as long as we WIN. I really like Gay and Gasol, but I’m not a fan of the rest of this team. Especially Mike Conley, one of the most overpaid players in the league.

    Let’s get another W and go 6 straight fellas! GEAUX HORNETS!!!

  2. cro_CP3

    January 19, 2011 at 11:01 am

    LOL @ “West is a more efficient scorer, better passer, and . . . brace yourself . . . a better defender than his opponent in this game.”

    I got a feeling that CP3 will be at his best this game (We will be hearing a lot of wooos IMO), yeah he got some little injury on his ankle and hip but he has been a warrior throughout his career and I think after the Houston game he’s close to be fully recovered, but here is the point, the TNT crew said that DRose is better than DWill and CP3 right now, but I really, really disagree and IMO CP3 heard that because it is national tv and he knows what is internet, but he said in for the SLAM magazine, that he was eager to prove people wrong after last season (injury etc. don’t wanna bring that up) and some people forgot about him last season (and oh boy he has proven some people wrong, he’s still doing it as best he can do it and after the BS what Sir Charles said, although I respect you and enjoy to watch you Mr.Barkley, I don’t agree what you have said two days ago…), but this season he has been really efficient and yes he’s the PG who adds the most wins to his team, he has the best PER among all PG, he has low TO’s and has great TS% and has really lower usage rate than DRose and DWill and it’s the most efficient and IMO the best PG out there, DRose is great and he’s flashy and I like his game but he ain’t a true PG like CP3 and DWill and Rondo, Nash etc.
    So what I’m saying is that, Conley, get ready for a long night tonight, you will be hearing the wooooooos from the NOLA crowd, NOLA lets get this to 6th straight!!!!!!!

    • f.g. di bene

      January 19, 2011 at 11:39 am

      drose better than cp3?: as a slasher maybe, as a pg that’s the biggest bullshit ever heard. tnt go buy new pair of eyes.

    • TopherPrice

      January 19, 2011 at 11:51 am

      That is just TNT being flavor of the week. Chuck changes his opinion on the greatest PG in the game literally every other week. Their job is to hype. So they have to say outrageous things to keep the hype fires burning.

      It is laughable to ask has Rose passed D-Will as the best PG in the game. What exactly has D-Will been doing this past month? Rondo being hurt and not playing made him irrelevant as well? Oh his merely averaging 12.9 apg and 13ish ppg the past week makes D Roses 1st ever triple double to beat the injured Heat all the more impressive. I am not even going to mention leaving CP3 out of the discussion as it just explains the short bus nature of the question.

      Keep under-rating CP3 and what he means to this team and any team he would be on. I will take the Hornets and CP3 sneaking under the radar as long as possible. You need talent to compete for and potentially win a championship, but you also need luck and timing.

      Under the radar is where we want to be for now. Except for Mek. He deserves to be in the All-star game the way he is playing, so I hope Monty convinces Pop to give him a spot when it comes to the coaches picks. It’s good knowing people in high places. haha

  3. Brazilian Hornet

    January 19, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Advantage Fat Randolph against D-West? I didn’t understand anything … Our PF is much better player. I disagree with you. Zach can grab more rebounds. However, D-West is better at everything else.

  4. hkc

    January 19, 2011 at 11:28 am

    dont underestimate the grizzlies. athletic teams give us trouble. gay is the definition of athletic. x. henry can play too. and i wouldnt be surprised to see mayo get 20+ tonight. anyone else notice guys who are under producing go off against us? scary to think if that happens tonight with the scorers the grizz have. however, i still think we win this game. 6 in a row would be sweet…

  5. Hornet

    January 19, 2011 at 11:50 am

    The Derrick Rose hype is insane. I understand Rondo’s because he’s the best player on an elite team and leading the league in assists. I’ve watched Rose. All flash. He’s a choker too. CP, D-Will, and Rondo remain the top 3 PGs.

    D-Rose = OVER-RATED

    • QueenBee

      January 19, 2011 at 4:20 pm

      Other than Rondo leading the league in assists and seems to play the perfect role on that Celtics team, what else would put him in the top 3? He can’t shoot the ball, he avoids getting fouled because he shoots a 46% ft percentage. Not to mention he leads the league in turnovers.

      • QueenBee

        January 19, 2011 at 4:21 pm

        And Rondo doesn’t get much defensive attention. Is there a point guard in the league that gets as much defensive attention as Chris Paul does?

      • 42

        January 19, 2011 at 4:42 pm

        Hey, Queen, Chris is a broken down old fool (wink, wink) . . . I can’t see why anyone would EVER offer him a deal for more than the vet min (nudge, nudge) . . . he’s a cap-killer and a coach-killer (ha ha!) . . .

      • QueenBee

        January 19, 2011 at 5:06 pm

        True 42! True! LOL!

    • Hornet

      January 19, 2011 at 5:16 pm

      Rondo is right there with Chris on defense and his passing + penetration ability is why he’s 3. His mid ranger isn’t awful but yeah his TS% numbers are weak. But his passing + defense + penetration is why he’s number 3. Still, Williams and Paul are so far ahead of the competition.

      • HiMyNameisSteven

        January 19, 2011 at 5:23 pm

        I personally like russel westbrook… he is a stopper defensively when he tries. Thats what he was known for at UCLA. and his jump shot is much improved i think of all the young PG he has the most “potential”

      • Hornet

        January 19, 2011 at 5:37 pm

        I thought about Westbrook and I agree he probably has the most potential out of all the young PGs besides maybe Wall if Wall stays healthy. I only put Rondo ahead for now because Westbrook isn’t as good of a distributor and that imo is the number one asset for a PG along with defense, both in which Rondo is elite in.

        My top 5 PGs are

        1a Paul (he’s not 100%, at 100% he’s clearly number 1)
        1b Williams
        3. Rondo
        4. Westbrook
        5. Rose

    • JCS

      January 19, 2011 at 6:42 pm

      @Hornet
      Derrick Rose is hard to defend, a great slasher, quick to draw a foul, and he plays with much tenacity. His PER point guard rank is 5 and his overall rank is 15, so no he is not overrated. Being from Chicago, I will vote him in the All-Star game everyday, but personal bias aside his stats don’t lie as FAST DON’T LIE.

  6. QueenBee

    January 19, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Wait guys, not only that, but there’s a poll on NBA.com right now asking who is the NBA’s best pg and guess what…… there are about 4 names and not one of them is Chris Paul. Ok, I understand he hasn’t been putting up 20 & 30 points every night but he’s still the steals leader, averages more assists than those guys, and has a PER higher than all of them. I understand that. But to not even have him listed is straight up disrespect. They don’t want to pay attention to Chris Paul now unless he’s ‘disgruntled’, unless he’s in trade rumors, or unless he goes to another team.

    • cro_CP3

      January 19, 2011 at 12:05 pm

      QueenBee Exactly…

      • QueenBee

        January 19, 2011 at 12:09 pm

        Straight up disrespect cro_CP3.

      • QueenBee

        January 19, 2011 at 12:15 pm

        Let’s also mention how all of those pg’s are getting nationally televised games. Most of the media are certainly not going to go out of their way to go watch CP3 and the Hornets on League Pass or to find a live stream of them playing. It’s just a lot easier to watch what’s on tv and to go with ‘what’s hot right now’. That’s ok though, I’ll still take Chris Paul over all those guys and it don’t have nothing to do with being a ‘homer’. I’ve seen some other rankings on a few forums that still have CP3 as their #1 choice.

    • f.g. di bene

      January 19, 2011 at 12:10 pm

      it can even be a tactic to make him move. dont give him the attention he deserves, and maybe he start to think to move to a bigger stage

      • QueenBee

        January 19, 2011 at 12:18 pm

        Yup.

    • 42

      January 19, 2011 at 12:24 pm

      Queen, I’m going to lay it out like I see it:

      Let’s say we had a ‘adorable asses of 247’ contest, and the choices are Ryan, Michael, and Joe. Well what about 42 and his bonny bottom? Well, if my cute caboose were on the catwalk, it wouldn’t even be worth the trouble to vote. My delightful derriere would walk away with the ribbon. What’s the point of even putting up the poll?

      Same with Chris on this one.

      🙂

      Really though, let them show their stupity, let them hype as Topher lays out well. I’ll take the under-the-radar role. We here will remember this when they start beating down his door in the offseason.

      Oh, and where’s the contrition on the ‘durable’ issue?

      Don’t worry, Queen, we’ll remind them how stupid they sounded at the right time.

      We went through this last year with the Boys, too.

      • QueenBee

        January 19, 2011 at 12:29 pm

        🙂

      • Ryan Schwan

        January 19, 2011 at 12:44 pm

        That’s awesome.

      • 42

        January 19, 2011 at 3:14 pm

        It’s the Rust in Peace argument repackaged . . .

        For those who don’t know: Rust in Peace is so obviously Megadeth’s best album, the only discussion is for second.

        Sir Donald Bradman is a cricket batsman example.

    • Caleb

      January 19, 2011 at 3:57 pm

      People see that his scoring is down and automatically assume that he’s not as good anymore. Nevermind that he’s been leading the entire league (at all positions) in PER and Win Shares for 90% of the season.

    • m_W

      January 19, 2011 at 6:06 pm

      Not to mention that Steve Nash and Tony Parker, are pretty good. I’d take either over Rose (for this year, with current skillset, not a comment on long-term youth v. age). I mean Rose is clearly a talented player. But is he an elite point guard? Not the same question at all.

  7. QueenBee

    January 19, 2011 at 11:56 am

    As for this game, West and Okafor better be ready to clean the glass. Randolph can drop 40 and 15 easy. Box out Randolph and Gasol all night long.

    Joe Crawford is lead official tonight.

    • Hornet

      January 19, 2011 at 11:59 am

      Joe Crawford?

      FFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

      • QueenBee

        January 19, 2011 at 12:06 pm

        LOL!

    • m_W

      January 19, 2011 at 6:07 pm

      I’d rather get that Crawford of the way with a team we should beat, rather than a really nasty game, like Spurs or Thunder.

  8. QueenBee

    January 19, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Correction: He doesn’t avg more assists than Rondo. No one will this season but he does avg more than Williams, Rose and Westbrook.

    • f.g. di bene

      January 19, 2011 at 12:12 pm

      and for instance… of that 4 names, i would pick rose the last.

  9. Go Blue

    January 19, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    They can leave CP3 name off their little list. But fans knows he’s awesome, that’s why he’s 2nd in all-star voting for guards. He’s leading by ALOT against any other pg. So blah to them haters!

  10. JaeAmazin

    January 19, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Sir Charles is an Idiot..Everyone knows that..We All know what it is when it comes to the Best pg on the Planet..Anyways..6 In A Row Tonight..Hornets All Day Bitches!!!

    • HiMyNameisSteven

      January 19, 2011 at 5:25 pm

      i love charles

      • 42

        January 19, 2011 at 5:31 pm

        I do too, as Doghouse says, for entertainmeny value.

        I can’t wait for him to step in to politics.

      • m_W

        January 19, 2011 at 6:09 pm

        Couldn’t be worse than the new Alabama governor.

      • 42

        January 19, 2011 at 6:14 pm

        In Birmingham, they love the Governor . . .

  11. MaxJD_Nola2NYC

    January 19, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    CP3 is hands down the smartest pg in the league right now.. I know he follows us on twitter here @hornets247 but do you think he actually reads this? I just hope he does because this is motivation enough

    • QueenBee

      January 19, 2011 at 3:24 pm

      “CP3 is hands down the smartest pg in the league right now”

      No doubt. But to most smart isn’t sexy. No one cares about BBIQ. Highlight dunks and averaging 20ppg is way more sexy.

  12. Thornton's Thunder

    January 19, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    CP3 does bring ALOT to the table, regardless of what others are saying now, but I hope he can really get the offense moving tonite! I’d like to see some real energy and ball movement, and less dribbling-down-most-of-the-shot-clock! We’ve got the goods and we’ve got the fans, so we’ll be in the hive (as usual) as we take this one! C’mon Monty, let’s not react on Memphis’ changes, let’s force the changes for once! Geaux Hornets!!

  13. cnaq

    January 19, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    CP3 is Point God

  14. sportnlife

    January 19, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Most upsetting thing about the point guard chatter is not the disrespect. It’s Paul’s frustration about not being able to make the best case for himself with the team as currently constituted. We tend to think about the team’s inability to make shots and its bench weakness as deficiencies in talent level that make the games more of a struggle than we’d like, as fans of a team with a 2-point scoring differential. Way too many close calls for comfort.

    But I have a hunch CP3 looks at being shut out of the “conversation” on best PG (while he’s not 100% and launching his new shoe line, no less!) as the result of the team not putting closers around him. Or can’t. Or won’t, because Stern’s afraid Phil Jackson will start yapping about league favoritism or something due to the ownership situation.

    Big Picture, these stupid media tricks rile up us fans, but they must be doing something to Paul’s level of confidence that there’s anything he can do to even change the conversation. I mean, how much more of a ceiling does this present group have? (And thanks, Hollinger, but efficiency STATS don’t make it on the nightly highlight reels, which apparently even the so-called expert commentators are mesmerized by.)

    CP3 will get All-Star votes because he’s a household name, for now. But he’s not getting air time like Rose, Rondo, or Westbrook, because he’s not a scorer like Rose and Westbrook, and he doesn’t have finishers around him like Rondo. Those guys get all the attention because they’re always around the highlights of top-tier teams with better rosters. DWill is even a sexier choice that Paul nowadays because his team needs his scoring.

    Best thing we can do in the next month is bring in a finisher around the rim (Okafor has been solid this year, but in the low post, let’s face it, he’s such an adventure) and a Peja clone to (yup, I said it) SPREAD THE COURT! so Paul can have more room to maneuver. If we can get those pieces with the assets we have, CP3 will be back in that conversation, and our chances of keeping him longterm will greatly improve.

    • m_W

      January 19, 2011 at 6:17 pm

      A closer? Like someone who could score 7 points in overtime against a championship contender, including 2 crucial free throws to close it out? Like someone who could spark a comeback with 6 fourth quarter points and relentless drives to the rim?

      His name’s Marcus Thornton.

      • sportnlife

        January 19, 2011 at 10:24 pm

        Yeah. Just like Marcus. Except somebody else. You know, for those nights when Marcus is 1 for 10.

        No offense, but when he’s on, he’s really on. When he’s not, he’s really, really not.

        That’s why we need ANOTHER one.

  15. TopherPrice

    January 19, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Hey, funny thing is going to be tomorrow. CP3 will be an in studio guest on the TNT Thursday night show with the whole lot of the goobers that made that question up. I wonder how he is going to answer the poll when they review. LOL

    • QueenBee

      January 19, 2011 at 3:21 pm

      Topher, the funniest thing is how it seems like each and every time the Hornets play IN Atlanta, they have him as a guest so they can tell him to his face that he’s not the best point guard. It’s like they make it a point to let him know this. I don’t know if they propose the question to him as much as they do to any other in studio point guard guest as they do to him. It’s been going on for at least 3 years now.

      • TopherPrice

        January 19, 2011 at 5:20 pm

        To be honest Queen, I have never seen him on the TNT broadcast in studio. I saw TickTock6 saying the same thing about them telling him to his face they don’t think he is better than x, y, or z as well. That is just brazen and proves to me that they are just out to hype and be controversial.

        Cp3 is one of those players like Kobe or LBJ that you don’t want to piss off as it will make him go off on you on the court. All the better for us. LOL

      • QueenBee

        January 19, 2011 at 5:43 pm

        Yeah Topher, I’ve seen him on there at least 2 or 3 times and they always come at him as though they’re trying to p*ss him off or something. LOL! I kid you not. It’s like they try hard to get him to say something bad about any point guards not being better than he is but he doesn’t. He gives all players credit. Of course if they try to come at him the way Rafer Alston or Rondo did, then well yeah, he’ll bite back.

  16. Seb504

    January 19, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    hah i just got called out by a bunch of bulls fans for saying that CP was better than Rose cause he is way more competitive, has the best assist to TO ratio, and is the man of steal. This Rose hype in nonsense. CP3 is the best PG out there!

    • QueenBee

      January 19, 2011 at 6:49 pm

      Rose is younger and more athletic. That’s it.

      • 42

        January 19, 2011 at 7:17 pm

        Saying athletic as a distinguishing attribute means they lack skill but can go booga-booga-booga in various ways.

  17. QueenBee

    January 19, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    I love that local weatherman Bob Breck wears a Hornets jersey to do his broadcast just about every home game during the 5pm broadcast.

    • 42

      January 19, 2011 at 6:04 pm

      Bob is great. I love when he does Saints and Hornets games on the screen. He runs down the weather at the opponents city, pretends he can see us, and tries to lead us in chants at times.

      • m_W

        January 19, 2011 at 6:20 pm

        Ugh. I hate that! Bob Breck just screams at fans and tells them to get loud. But his bit gets played just as half time starts and people are leaving their seats to get food, drink, shop otherwise. And he’s yelling! It’s so annoying!

        If he wears a jersey on the actual news, that’s cool, because it shows support for the team. But on his in-Arena bit, he needs to calm down.

      • 42

        January 19, 2011 at 6:35 pm

        Yeah, he’s batshit crazy, but I want insanity in a weather man. If he made sense, he’d be Carl Arredondo. . . I’ll pass . . .

  18. Michael McNamara

    January 19, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    I am expecting an UGLY game. I say Hornets win big, dominating the 2nd half.

    Hornets 94 Grizz 79

    • 42

      January 19, 2011 at 6:36 pm

      I hope so. I love games that are close in the first, the go way in our favor in the second.

  19. QueenBee

    January 19, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    How important is it to you that the Hornets remain in New Orleans?

    Vote the poll in the middle of the page…

    http://www.bestofneworleans.com/

  20. JCS

    January 19, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Going to church w/ol’ girl. Hope to come back to something positive, and I’m not talking a Gay game winner.

    • QueenBee

      January 19, 2011 at 6:57 pm

      That’s great JCS! Say a prayer for me please. 🙂

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  22. Hornet Seantonio

    January 19, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    we should get a gametime chat room or something on this site, so we don’t sit in these blogs excessively refreshing etc

    • pinoyballah

      January 19, 2011 at 8:36 pm

      i agree!!

      would creating forum threads for each game be better than posting in the blog?

  23. Ryan

    January 19, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Attendance not looking good in the inner bowl.

    • 42

      January 19, 2011 at 7:36 pm

      Butts in seats: no. Look at the patches. I’m thinking we’ll be happy for a Wednesday.

      Remember: the attendance in the lease isn’t tied to the notion of attending.

  24. peronas

    January 19, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Nice throwdown by Okafor

  25. Gec

    January 19, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    DWest dunkin!!!
    Buckets is going to DNPCD

    • thekeymaster

      January 19, 2011 at 8:07 pm

      ya apparently monty doesn’t think we need some off the bench who can potentially put up points when the hornets are shooting like 35% from the field

  26. thekeymaster

    January 19, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    vasquez is such a dbag!!!

  27. Just A Fan

    January 19, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    This coach is an idiot he let’s his ego get in the way of winning. There is no reason Marcus shouldn’t be playing. I hope he doesn’t play him and we lose. Then trade him and he comes back and kicks our ass.

    • 42

      January 19, 2011 at 9:12 pm

      Try watching this game (and others) instead of guessing (poorly). It may help you enjoy this more.

  28. thekeymaster

    January 19, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    the team needs to start playing with some damn energy. this is terrible, plus why is mike conley ouplaying cp3?

  29. peronas

    January 19, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Guys cant seem to get a stop to save their lives. Need to step up the defensive focus.

  30. George

    January 19, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Wouldn’t hurt to bring Marcus in now and see how he goes

    • George

      January 19, 2011 at 8:56 pm

      Nice run Hornets!

  31. Chung

    January 19, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Monty should put Marcus in the game more simply because it gets the crowd going.

    One he came in, the hornets went on a big run without him taking a shot…Maybe a coincidence, maybe not

  32. thekeymaster

    January 19, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    damn hornets are going to take over the jazz’s title of come back kids

  33. Gec

    January 19, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    let’s go hornets!!!

  34. George

    January 19, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Oh man, I can’t stand this. All of a sudden we are down by 8!

  35. Thornton's Thunder

    January 19, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    George, I almost made a real comment to that, but then I figured…why bother!

  36. thekeymaster

    January 19, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    MT5 baby!!1

  37. thekeymaster

    January 19, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Jesus!!! learn to guard the 3!!!!!!!

  38. Schmide234

    January 19, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    OKAFOR CMON

  39. George

    January 19, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Great defense on that last play! Overtime!

  40. thekeymaster

    January 19, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    3rd OT game in a week!? i’m going to have a heart attack

  41. thekeymaster

    January 19, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    where is everyone tonight? barely any comments, especially since marcus is blowing up

    • OkiJeff

      January 19, 2011 at 9:32 pm

      Working. I haven’t even watched the 2nd half of the Rockets game and the entire Raptors game yet : ( I am going to catch up on some Hornets this weekend though.

    • George

      January 19, 2011 at 9:35 pm

      I was thinking the same thing. Hopefully they are all at the game

    • Hornet

      January 19, 2011 at 9:52 pm

      I don’t comment in game except half time sometimes if I feel the need to comment on something. I stay in the living room with my big TV and family or I’m at the game.

  42. Gec

    January 19, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    OH MY GOSH my stream is GONE with 10 seconds on the clock!!!!

  43. thekeymaster

    January 19, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    what the f, have the refs completely swallowed their whistles in OT?

  44. Gec

    January 19, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    CP3 WOW

  45. Gec

    January 19, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    BUCKETS MAKE BUCKETS GO CRAaAaAAaAZYyYyYYy!!!!!!

  46. pinoyballah

    January 19, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    wow…just wow….i still cant believe how late williams plays thornton

  47. OkiJeff

    January 19, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    MT5 WOW!!!

  48. pinoyballah

    January 19, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    crazy game!!! ariza your d is siiiiiiiick

  49. thekeymaster

    January 19, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    BEST GAME OF THE SEASON!!!!

  50. George

    January 19, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    YES! Most crazy game so far this season. Excellent defense played down the stretch. And another overtime comback led by Voldercus

    • George

      January 19, 2011 at 9:47 pm

      Oh I forgot to mention those 2 huge threes by Chris Paul. That one in overtime was ridiculous

      • thekeymaster

        January 19, 2011 at 9:49 pm

        ya those 2 threes by cp3 were huuuuuuuuge. plus marcus was huge as well. hope monty realizes who our closer is now. i think the biggest stat of the night was that west didn’t get out rebounded by randolph

  51. peronas

    January 19, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    BEES WIN!!!! BEES WIN!!!

  52. Gec

    January 19, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    guys when we switch ON the D and the intensity buttons we kick ass!! Another comeback, another OT and buckets+cp3 made the arena go crazy! Great win tonight 😀

  53. Hornet

    January 19, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    FUCK YEAH!!!!

    MARCUS THORNTON!!!!!!!

    • cp3pdx

      January 19, 2011 at 10:05 pm

      My Dad: “Wow! who made that shot?”
      Me: “Marcus Thornton!”
      Dad: “Who’s Marcus Thornton?”

      At this rate the whole world is gonna know who he is soon. Great game.

  54. Just A Fan

    January 19, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    All you Marcus haters can kiss his ass. He can and does deserve to play more. The coach should pull his head out of his butt.

  55. Chung

    January 19, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Attendance: 15,951

    Hopefully this game created some new hornets fans!

  56. 42

    January 19, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    15951 tonight.

    14931 in each of the next 2 closes the ‘out’ in the lease. It may be a little conservative.

  57. JayRey

    January 19, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    OH MY GOODNESS…..I was watching this game (NBA League Pass) at the end with my friend (He never watches basketball) and we screamed when Paul stole the ball and Thornton made the basket. HAHAA this was such a good game. Good to see us come out with the win

  58. thekeymaster

    January 19, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    wish the hornets would play with their defense fire the whole games instead of just in spurts when they’re down double digits. either way i’ll take a win.

  59. QueenBee

    January 19, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    I.

    Am.

    Worn.

    Out!

    • JayRey

      January 19, 2011 at 10:16 pm

      LOL Queen I think the Hornets should be considered for “Team mostly likely to cause a heart attack”

      • QueenBee

        January 19, 2011 at 10:22 pm

        No doubt JayRey! No doubt! Man oh man!

    • 42

      January 19, 2011 at 10:18 pm

      You parked in Egypt, too?

      • QueenBee

        January 19, 2011 at 11:44 pm

        I can’t take these close games 42. Heart Attack Hornets are going to kill me! I really didn’t want that game to go into overtime but I told myself, if overtime is what it’ll take to get a win, then let’s go. LOL.

      • 42

        January 19, 2011 at 11:47 pm

        Yeah . . . tell me about it!

        I won’t mention my gestures after the horn sounded, but it was a release for sure.

        At least we racked up the Popeye’s!

  60. Mark

    January 19, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Ariza needs to absolutely stop his high volume shooting. I’d rather 0-5 than 2-12. Come playoff time, that’s going to waste quite a few possessions, which as a low possession team, is a major problem.

    Decent crowd volume, and great job by the Bees, this win streak is encouraging!

  61. JayRey

    January 19, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    LOL this game was so crazy that neither Ryan, Joe, or Michael have done a recap yet

  62. JCS

    January 20, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Very happy with the ending. No Gay time after all.

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