Game On: Hornets @ Atlanta

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Published: January 21, 2011

Matchup: Hornets(27-16) @ Hawks(28-15)

Off Efficiency: Hornets 102.6(19th), Hawks 105.2(12th)
Def Efficiency: Hornets 99.6(4th), Hawks 102.2(10th)

As always, thanks to Dariusz Ejkiewicz for the gameday banner!

As the furor over Stephon Marb – er – Derrick Rose and his high-scoring game in Chicago grows more intense, the eastern conference has reached a tipping point.  With Miami, Chicago, and Boston to focus on, there isn’t much time to for the national media to concentrate on anyone else.  Sure, Orlando gets a look here and there because of their aggressive trades and Dwight Howard, but the other good eastern team, the Hawks, goes completely overlooked.

It doesn’t help they don’t have an actual superstar.  It also doesn’t help that there isn’t anything in Atlanta a sportswriter can sink his teeth into and write about.  They don’t have a stellar defense, ranking 10th in the league.  They don’t have a stellar offense, ranking 12th in the league.  What do you write?  Hawks Slightly Better Than Average At Everything!  Imagine the web traffic that would generate.

Still, the Hawks remain a very good team with some remarkable talent.  They retain edges over the opposition at effective field goal percentage, free throw rates, and turnovers.

Their only weakness is on the offensive boards, and that has to do with their shot selection.  Atlanta takes the third most long two-point shots in the league.  Happily for them, they make the second highest percentage of those shots, but standing that far from the basket makes it hard to rebound – so there’s little wing or guard support on the glass.

That gives Okafor and West an opportunity to make an impact in this game by crashing the glass and keeping Atlanta one and done on their posessions.

Injuries:

Hornets: None
Hawks: Marvin Williams is struggling with a back injury, but returned to practice yesterday.  I expect he will play.

Positional Analysis

PG: Mike Bibby v Chris Paul
Advantage: Hornets
Even with a bad wheel, Chris Paul versus Mike Bibby is like a Gray Warden facing a Hurlock.  Or Commander Shepherd facing a Geth.  Or Revan facing an assault droid.  Is that enough Bioware references?  Anyone else intensely excited for Dragon Age 2?

SG: Joe Johnson v Marco Belinelli
Advantage: Hawks
Joe Johnson will play most of the game, and will get turns checking and scoring on every member of the Hornets three-headed shooting guard stable.  Johnson has been having an extremely ineffective year shooting the ball, but he’s still an effective all around player, and I doubt this position will swing the Hornets way.  Marco should help him keep up his ineffective scoring, but I wonder which Marco we’ll get tonight.  1-6 Marco, or 4-7 Marco?

SF: Marvin Williams v Trevor Ariza
Advantage: Even
Williams had a good game against the Hornets in December, displaying surprising versatility in scoring in the post, on the break, and from deep.  I have a hard time imagining him repeating that performance, particularly with a balky back.  Trevor, of course, had a bad offensive game last game.  I’d like to say that means he’ll probably have a good one this game, but that would assume any sort of offensive consistency from Ariza.  I can’t do that.  It is still nice that we can always  expect stellar defense from Ariza, though.  In past years, our wings wouldn’t even give us that on a bad shooting nights.

PF: Josh Smith v David West
Advantage: Even
This matchup swings entirely on which Josh Smith shows up.  Smith is a better defender than West.  His offense, however, swings wildly from highly effective to extremely terrible, and is entirely based on whether Smith is attacking the basket or shooting jumpshots.  Last game Smith took lots of terrible long jumpshots and hit none of them.  If he’s taking long shots tonight, this matchup swings strongly in Fluffy’s favor.

C: Al Horford v Emeka Okafor
Advantage: Hawks
Al Horford has declined some from an extremely strong opening month of the season, but he’s still a load in the paint.  He does just about everything well, scoring efficiently, rebounding, passing, and rarely turning over the ball.  He even blocks a shot here and there.  Okafor’s been playing well over the last month, but I struggle with the idea he’ll be able to outplay Horford in the end.

Bench

Jamal Crawford, Josh Powell, Zaza Pachulia, Maurice Evans, Damien Wilkins VS
Jarrett Jack, Marcus Thornton, Willie Green, Jason Smith, Quincy Pondexter, Aaron Gray
Advantage: Hawks
The Hawks have a dependable scorer off the bench in Jamal Crawford, a decent backup big in Pachulia, and some nice defenders scattered through the rest of the bench.  The Hornets are hoping that either Jack or Thornton will be able to match Crawfords attack, because if that’s the case, this advantage for the Hawks is limited.

Enjoy the game!

Oh, and who gets to attack me first for comparing Marbury to Rose?

181 Comments

  1. Will Bennett

    January 21, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Go get em Hornets- Mike Bibby is as useless as tits on a bull- CP3 will dominate and run the whole game

  2. Mark

    January 21, 2011 at 11:59 am

    I think it’s more of a bad shooting year for Ariza.

    What’s amazing is that even with a disadvantage in almost all positional analysis, CP himself can still win games. Not saying we’ve already won, but he has decimated entire teams within one quarter’s time. Hopefully he doesn’t have to put in a cheat-code tonight, but I don’t think everybody realizes just how good he is. We love you, lil guy.

  3. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    From what I hear both Horford and Williams may be out. Especially Horford because he’s expected to miss the next two games.

  4. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    “The Hawks could open with Evans at small forward and Jason Collins at center against New Orleans. Drew said he expects more minutes from Zaza Pachulia and Josh Powell on the front line.”

  5. Michael McNamara

    January 21, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Pure matchup wise, I take Ariza, West, and Okafor over their Hawks counterparts. In a vacuum Horford might be better than Okafor but head to head I take Okafor, as he dominated Al last time. Same with Ariza and West. Hawks have the advantage at SG and on the bench, and also have home court in this game, but PG, SF, PF, C and Coach all favor Hornets IMO.

    • Hornet Seantonio

      January 21, 2011 at 3:00 pm

      was just about to say i think okafor has the advantage. Horford plays soft, his D is lackin big time and Okafors been beasting. Horfords a pain to guard cuz hes got decent post moves and can hit a consistent mid, but i think okafor will get the best of him.

  6. Mikey

    January 21, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    This is a bad matchup tonight. Got the mighty Spurs tomorrow in a game thats WAY more important than this one. Also, ATL is very athletic and deep, and typically, athletic teams are way more aggressive at home. I expect to see Josh Smith go right at David West to try and get him and/or Okafor in foul trouble. If that happens, this one could get ugly.

  7. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    DJ Rob Nice and Honeybees at Hornets Watch Party tonight at Bruno’s on Maple St.

    • Stew

      January 21, 2011 at 12:55 pm

      the one at Fox and Hound last week was a blast. Hope they do one there again soon.

    • MaxALM

      January 21, 2011 at 6:02 pm

      nice i might do that!

  8. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Maybe our starting 2 guard can be more productive this time.

    • f.g. di bene

      January 21, 2011 at 5:37 pm

      he was pretty consistent last game, but was on the court for only 16 min.

  9. AgentZiko

    January 21, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    I hope we can get this win. I really hope we do. And I also heard Horford and Williams were out for not just tonight but the next game too.

  10. m_W

    January 21, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    I’d talk about Dragon Age 2, Ryan, but then I’d have to admit excitement about a character named _____. which is thematically inappropriate today. Nonetheless, I’m stoked about THIS game, and hope both teams bring their best.

    But why are you worried about people attacking you on the Rose-Marbury reference? I mean, its not like they have pretty much the same game and can expect the same lack of post-season success, right?

    • 42

      January 21, 2011 at 2:13 pm

      I think he’s trying to pick fights like he tries with Mr. McNamara. Such a troublemaker . . .

  11. lancebrou68

    January 21, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    dragon age 2 all day,lol geaux Hornets

  12. mbdtf

    January 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    I would absolutely love for the Hornets to have a 7 game win streak heading into the Spurs game. Then, the Hornets might actually get some respect when our win streak snaps theirs (that is, if the Spurs take out the Knicks tonight).

    Also, we’re knocking on the door to the 3rd seed. Gotta keep the W’s coming!

  13. Ron

    January 21, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    The reason MT5 isn’t getting more playing time: “Williams has said Thornton needs to keep working on the details of the game plan, particularly on the defensive end”.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5ju2wquVXJ8NJMzygGTs_58XzSy9Q?docId=5711706

  14. AllBall

    January 21, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Whoever said people don’t realise how good CP3 is, your right. He is criminally slept on this year. Saying that, who ever said NOH have an advantage at SF/PF/C is wrong, at best, you combine those 3 and it’s a wash.

  15. JaeAmazin

    January 21, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    7 in a Row Tonight!!..Hornets All Day Bitches!!

  16. Jordan

    January 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Sean Kelly just tweeted that Trevor Ariza and Aaron Gray are out tonight with injuries. Pondexter figures to get the start.

    • JayRey

      January 21, 2011 at 5:11 pm

      Seriously??? I hope Ariza is not too hurt. If it’s just a day-to-day injury then I’m happy to see Pondexter get his first start.

    • Go Blue

      January 21, 2011 at 5:20 pm

      Oh no!!!!!!!!

    • LJ

      January 21, 2011 at 5:26 pm

      Maybe we’ll get to see some Mbenga tonight now that Gray is out! -crosses fingers-

  17. bgalella

    January 21, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    It’s a pretty even match-up, should be a fun one to watch.

  18. JCS

    January 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Marbury and Rose are as similar as a Timberpup to a BULL. Rose has lead his team without Boozer and Noah for stretches on end, whilst being #1 in the Central Division and top 5 PER. For these reasons and more, he is an MVP candidate, where as stat-related point guards have not been able to lead their healthy squads in the same way.

    As for your game references, or whatever, I have a PS3 so quite frankly you sound esoteric. As for the Hawks, Josh Powell, Etan Thomas, and Maurice Evans are all unrestricted free agents this summer. Would you anyone like to add them to a Hornets stimulus package?

    • f.g. di bene

      January 21, 2011 at 5:39 pm

      really like ethan thomas and mo evans

    • QueenBee

      January 21, 2011 at 6:17 pm

      Who would you prefer? Boozer and Noah or West and Okafor?

      • QueenBee

        January 21, 2011 at 6:19 pm

        And let’s not forget the Central Divison absolutely SUCKS right now so while it’s nice to be on top of that division, it’s not like the Central Division is the SW Divison right now.

      • QueenBee

        January 21, 2011 at 6:22 pm

        I meant the rest of the Central Division outside of the Bulls sucks. The SW Division is a wild and crazy division. Even the Northwest Div is crazy!

      • QueenBee

        January 21, 2011 at 6:30 pm

        Gee, just looking at it, if you took away 10 of the Bulls’ wins they’d still be sitting on top of that Central Division. Goodness.

      • JCS

        January 21, 2011 at 6:41 pm

        Are we talking about Rose or are we talking about Bulls vs. Hornets?

      • QueenBee

        January 21, 2011 at 6:48 pm

        Both I guess. They kind of go hand in hand.

      • QueenBee

        January 21, 2011 at 6:49 pm

        My bad. I mean Rose and Bulls go hand in hand.

  19. Monty'sDoghouse

    January 21, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Sorry, but if you’ve been looking for a Marbury comparison, look no further than Jarrett Jack. They are almost the exact same player from the exact same college wearing the exact same number at Tech. Marbury was the reason that I liked watching Wake and G-Tech with Jack and CP there. They looked like 2 little Marbury clones. One blossomed into an enormously better player. One is about on Marbury level still. Now we have the clones on the same team. All we need is Steph for the collection! I’m kidding. As much as I liked watching Starbury back in the day. He is not a winner or a team player and is slightly crazy. And by slightly I mean a lot of crazy.

  20. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Oh God please no. Please don’t let the injuries kick in on us. Get well soon Ariza and Gray!!

  21. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    In a chat on ESPN yesterday it was mentioned that Peja should go to Dallas because of their lack of SF’s because of Caron Butler being out and I said what about the Hornets? How many SF’s do we have on the roster outside of Ariza and Pondexter? And now that one is due to sit out tonight…..

  22. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Guard Joe Johnson and please DO NOT let Jamal Crawford go off.

  23. Monty'sDoghouse

    January 21, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Like to see CP/Marco/Marcus for once when Q-Pon goes out.

  24. Hornet Seantonio

    January 21, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Quincy starting thats what im talking bout WOOO!

  25. JaeAmazin

    January 21, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Let’s Get it Q!!

  26. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    GEAUX ROOKIE!! LOL!

  27. Forever504

    January 21, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    that “PASS” by Q-Pon looked like a shot to me

  28. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Come on West. Let’s go man.

  29. Forever504

    January 21, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    AWW come on now west

  30. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Lazy turnover David. Come on now.

  31. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Did any Hornets hit the strip club last night?

  32. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    I mean really. How much contact was CP supposed to take on that one before they blew the effin whistle??!!!

  33. f.g. di bene

    January 21, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    quincy IS GOOD.

  34. f.g. di bene

    January 21, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    third in and out.. are they using fake rims?

  35. JaeAmazin

    January 21, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Treys Waiter!!

  36. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Can’t be leaving Joe Johnson out there alone like that. Luckily he missed those two.

  37. Schmide234

    January 21, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    it looks like the Hawks have a worse time with attendance than us…unless ppl in atlanta prefer the upper level for the games.

    • QueenBee

      January 21, 2011 at 7:12 pm

      They do. The media doesn’t care though because they don’t have an attendance benchmark in their lease and no one is wanting them to move out of Atlanta.

    • 42

      January 21, 2011 at 7:43 pm

      We have higher average attendance than them so far this year.

      Through 22 games, we are averaging 14,200, which is just over 83% of a sellout.

      Through 20 games (not including tonight), they are averaging 14,137, which is just under 76% of a sellout.

      They are a large, 4 sports market. Atlanta has essentially the same record as us, had a hot start like us, though not as hot. They are the 9th largest metro area at about 6 million people, far outpacing us. Hmmm . . . so what else do we have in common . . . hmmm . . . oh, football towns with good teams . . .

  38. JaeAmazin

    January 21, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Mbenga!!

  39. George

    January 21, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Not a bad effort by Mbenga there

    • 42

      January 21, 2011 at 7:44 pm

      Agreed.

      Very pleasing.

  40. f.g. di bene

    January 21, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    good job by dj!!!!

  41. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    No starters on the floor to begin the 2nd qtr?

  42. JaeAmazin

    January 21, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Our Defense Is a Beautiful thing to Watch

  43. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    And yet the Hawks have Joe Johnson on the floor.

  44. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Good job Willie Green.

  45. f.g. di bene

    January 21, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    instead of that useless Js, jack, let mt5 atack the rim.

  46. JaeAmazin

    January 21, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Great Sequence by J Smith

  47. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    LOL @ Collins hugging Smith like that and allowing him a 3pt play.

  48. George

    January 21, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Not complaining, Jason Smith getting the call after pushing Johnson to the ground

  49. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    So the Hawks have 2 of their main stars on the floor and the Hornets have none?

  50. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    That ain’t no clear path foul. You’d better not.

    • 42

      January 21, 2011 at 7:48 pm

      I thought the fouled player had to get the ball in the back court.

  51. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    And suprisingly the Hornets still have the lead. Albeit small, but the lead nonetheless.

    Of course they’d call it a clear path. SUCKS.

  52. f.g. di bene

    January 21, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    clear path???? that’s ridicoulous!

  53. Ryan

    January 21, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Bad Call on the Clear path…..

  54. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    They’re all over West and no whistle.

  55. JaeAmazin

    January 21, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Don’t get Knocked out Collins

  56. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Somebody better tell Collins he don’t want none of West. SOMEBODY TELL EM!!!!! LOL!

  57. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Neither one of them needed a tech for that. They hand out techs too damn easily now. That’s why people say this league is soft.

  58. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    God Shamgod says CP3 is the best dribbler.

    • JCS

      January 21, 2011 at 7:35 pm

      Whatever happened to Shammy?

      • QueenBee

        January 21, 2011 at 7:37 pm

        I don’t know. Might be in China or somewhere.

      • JCS

        January 21, 2011 at 7:44 pm

        LMAO

      • JCS

        January 21, 2011 at 7:46 pm

        We talkin God or Godzilla HAHAhahaHAHAHhah!!!

      • QueenBee

        January 21, 2011 at 8:04 pm

        LMAO JCS! You are too crazy! LOL!!!!

  59. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    BELINELLI!

  60. JaeAmazin

    January 21, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    What You Talkin Bout Willie!!

    • 42

      January 21, 2011 at 7:53 pm

      Dude! Love It!

  61. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Let’s put our feet on their throats Hornets! Don’t let up.

  62. JaeAmazin

    January 21, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Mo Evans deserves a Child Please!!

    • QueenBee

      January 21, 2011 at 7:38 pm

      LOL!!!

  63. JaeAmazin

    January 21, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    I Fuckin Love Mike Malone

  64. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    I’ve said it before, I don’t think any pg in the league garners as much defensive attention as Chris Paul does.

  65. mbdtf

    January 21, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Great defense that half!

  66. George

    January 21, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Chris Paul getting to the line at will

  67. Joe Gerrity

    January 21, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    From John Hollinger- “With CP at line just now, a group of Hawks fans started chanting “Marvin’s better!!” … Better at what? Yahtzee? 49-34 Hornets at half “

    • JCS

      January 21, 2011 at 7:47 pm

      LOL @ Yahtzee

  68. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    LOL! From John Hollinger’s twitter page.

    With CP at line just now, a group of Hawks fans started chanting “Marvin’s better!!” … Better at what? Yahtzee? 49-34 Hornets at half
    half a minute ago via web

  69. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Oops, I’m a little behind Joe Gerrity.

  70. JaeAmazin

    January 21, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    It’s Rubbish when people mention anyone outside of DWill(just b/c of the head2head matchup)..Even though it’s clear CP is better than him And every other Pg on the Planet

    • JCS

      January 21, 2011 at 8:10 pm

      D Will might not even make the All-Star game this year. Guards will be Kobme, CP3, and Gino.

      • QueenBee

        January 21, 2011 at 8:22 pm

        They’ll put him in it. He’s having a pretty good season and they’ll put him in it even if they’re only trying to prove to themselves that he’s ‘as good as’ CP3. LOL! They’ll put him in it along with the 3 you mentioned. And then some might try to make a case for Westbrook. I think those are the only guards in the WC to get mention.

      • JCS

        January 21, 2011 at 8:26 pm

        $tern will put him in if he likes. The voting is all effed up since _____ got involved.

      • tyler

        January 21, 2011 at 9:26 pm

        no they’ll put nash before willims

  71. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Joe Gerrity, that group know they’d ship Marvin’s arse out of there in a hot second if it meant they could get Chris Paul. LOL!

    • 42

      January 21, 2011 at 7:57 pm

      The Soap Opera begins . . . Where’s Victor Newman?!?!

      • QueenBee

        January 21, 2011 at 8:11 pm

        ROFLMAO 42!!!

      • 42

        January 21, 2011 at 9:14 pm

        Y&R one of your stories, Queen?

  72. tyler

    January 21, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Q-pon!!!!

  73. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Ok Hornets. Keep doing what you’re doing. Still a whole half left to play. Please don’t let up.

  74. JaeAmazin

    January 21, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    We Need You Dwest Dont Knock Him Out

  75. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Ironically, our best free throw shooter is the only one that has missed a free throw tonight.

    • 42

      January 21, 2011 at 8:00 pm

      Most people so misuse “irony.” You nailed it.

      Loving it, Queen.

      Berger can take a note of this too!

  76. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Boy Collins is asking for an ass whooping TONIGHT!!!! Are you kidding me?

  77. mbdtf

    January 21, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Adios Collins

  78. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Not a basketball play at all by Collins. He knows he and his twin are bums so he’s mad about it. LOL.

  79. JaeAmazin

    January 21, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    18 ft Assassin

  80. peronas

    January 21, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    I’m hoping we can keep this energy and lead up and get the starters some good rest for tomorrow!

  81. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    West=Beast.

  82. cheifyoungblood

    January 21, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Their becomes a point when the hawks have to starting thinking maybe J. Smith will never turn that corner.

  83. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    They done pissed West off. LOL!!

  84. f.g. di bene

    January 21, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    this defense is good. keep it up.

  85. JaeAmazin

    January 21, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    DWest is So Underrated..This Man just Gets it Done

  86. mbdtf

    January 21, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    *Italy Flags*

  87. George

    January 21, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Now I won’t be satisfied till the Hornets embarass this team.

  88. f.g. di bene

    January 21, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    LOL belinelli shooting from new orleans… he misses home

  89. George

    January 21, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Heat check by Bellinelli

  90. JaeAmazin

    January 21, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Marcoooo!!!!

  91. peronas

    January 21, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    West even running out on guys at the 3pt line lol

    • QueenBee

      January 21, 2011 at 8:13 pm

      That’s a sight to see right? LOL!

  92. CarnbY

    January 21, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Belinelly needs to always shoot from 3ft beyond the 3pt line, he’s made them all this season!

  93. George

    January 21, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Ok, thats enough Monty, now time to rest those starters for San Antonio

  94. JaeAmazin

    January 21, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    He Scores when he’s in the Mood

  95. f.g. di bene

    January 21, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    time to give paul and dwest some rest for tomorrow game

  96. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    I’m missing stuff. When the hell did the Hornets get up by 30??!! LMAO.

  97. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Come on Mbenga with the moving screen! LOL at CP talking to him.

  98. JaeAmazin

    January 21, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Give em some points Ref it’s getting ugly

  99. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    That was a good block by Mbenga what the hell was the whistle for?

  100. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Mo Evans is really trying to ride Paul.

  101. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Wow Jordan Crawford.

    OK Hornets. Now lets’ take the crowd back out of it.

  102. JaeAmazin

    January 21, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Take us Home Thornton

  103. mbdtf

    January 21, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    haha Jack with the half court shot after the buzzer

  104. m-W

    January 21, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Let’s let the back-ups ride this one home. Find my boy, Buckets!

  105. thekeymaster

    January 21, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    stellar quarter for the hawks…lol

  106. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    That was CP3’s only turnover. Damn.

  107. Ryan

    January 21, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Ok. Lets give the starters some rest, Hell even call Marcus Banks, he could use some minutes. LOL.

  108. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Wait for it. Wait for it.

    The Hornets have 21 free throws to the Hawks 9 because they’re owned by the league. 😕

    LOL!

  109. JaeAmazin

    January 21, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Screw a Nail Biter I’ll take this Any Day

    • QueenBee

      January 21, 2011 at 8:33 pm

      Me too. When’s the last time the Hornets blew out a team? The Jazz?

  110. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Larry Drew is ready to go home.

  111. peronas

    January 21, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    I almost don’t know what to do, it almost doesn’t feel like a hornets game since it’s not going down to the wire…

  112. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    This is nice. I just hope we don’t look like an AAU team tomorrow night.

  113. JCS

    January 21, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    I got a feelin…that tonights going to be a good night…

  114. Hornet Seantonio

    January 21, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    SMITTY!!!!

  115. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    JASON SMITH!!!!!!

  116. peronas

    January 21, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    J Smith with the throwdown!!!! LOL

  117. JCS

    January 21, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Mr. Smith with the NBA JAM!!!

  118. JaeAmazin

    January 21, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Mbenga said Show me The Money

  119. peronas

    January 21, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    MBENGA!!!!

  120. mbdtf

    January 21, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Loving every second of this.

  121. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    God I hope the Hornets will be ready for the Spurs like this tomorrow. The refs will probably not even let the Hornets play defense tomorrow.

  122. thekeymaster

    January 21, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    i only wish we were doing this to denver or the jazz preferably in the playoffs

    • Mark

      January 21, 2011 at 8:43 pm

      Yeah, or San Antone.

  123. Forever504

    January 21, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    GREAT news utah is losing to Boston in the 4th :>:>:>

  124. f.g. di bene

    January 21, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    god, in the first half atlanta could’t make a shot, but in the second, the defense was GREAT. we’re kicking their asses LOL

  125. cp3pdx

    January 21, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    What lineup do you finish this with? I say put MT5 at the point so Anderson and Smith can play the wings and jack up threes… lol what a fun game

  126. JCS

    January 21, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Yikez! DJ almost broke the back board!!

  127. JaeAmazin

    January 21, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Does it make me a Monster that I want them to lose by 50

    • Forever504

      January 21, 2011 at 8:43 pm

      no you are not the exact same thing just went though my head

    • peronas

      January 21, 2011 at 8:43 pm

      LOL I’ve been kinda hoping we double them up…. so if so I’m a monster too then

    • Go Blue

      January 21, 2011 at 8:51 pm

      Nope lol

  128. Forever504

    January 21, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    RESPECT US

  129. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Andersen!!

    • JCS

      January 21, 2011 at 8:51 pm

      aka NEO

  130. QueenBee

    January 21, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    LOL Pondexter! First thing the guy says in post game interview “it was a tough game”. LMAO.

    • 42

      January 21, 2011 at 9:21 pm

      F&*(ing stupid rookie!

      Easy, Seantonio . . . just kidding!

  131. JCS

    January 21, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    NOLA UP

    a-town down

  132. Forever504

    January 21, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Utah losing by 20

  133. JayRey

    January 21, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    UMMM OKAY? *rubs eyes* Did this just happen??? I came from a trip and saw the score. I thought the computer system was having an error lol. This is awesome!!! Great to see the starters getting some rest for tomorrow while the Spurs have their hands full with the Knicks hehe.

  134. Akademik.Hooligan

    January 21, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    I wish this had happened in Denver.

    Surely the funniest play in the game was Mbenga botching Thornton’s alley-oop pass, Thornton yelling at him “Oh come on DJ!” then the Hawks STILL allowing Mbenja the time to gather it in and kick it out to Jack for an Uncontested 3.

  135. Go Blue

    January 21, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    That was a great game, and without Trevor.
    This picture of D West makes me laugh way too much, I can’t look at it again. http://espn.go.com/nba/photos?gameId=310121001&photoId=1075107

    • Bug Marley

      January 22, 2011 at 1:27 am

      Oh please please please, can we have that pic on the banner? LOL

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