Game On: Hornets at Suns

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Published: January 30, 2011

Before we get to the game, Michael wanted to try something new on our Podcast this weekend and has talked me into it.  So we’re going to be taping the first part of the podcast while watching the fourth quarter of the game.  If you are recording the game and want to hear us talking through it, keep it on your DVR and listen along later.

Matchup: Hornets(31-17) @ Suns(21-24)

Off Efficiency: Hornets 103.2(16th), Suns 107.5(5th)
Def Efficiency: Hornets 98.9(3rd), Suns 108.7(27th)

The Hornets franchise-record 10-game winning streak came to an end last night in Sacramento, and tonight they get  to try and prevent what happened earlier this year – a great streak followed by a terrible one that had us all wanting half the team traded.

As much as it might be nice to assume the Hornets will get back to their winning ways, considering that the Hornets are only 12-12 on the road this season and add in the fact the Hornets played last night and the Suns didn’t, this may be a tall order.  In the podcast, of course, I predicted the Hornets would win their first two this week and lose both games this weekend, so if they do drop the game to Phoenix, be sure to riddle me with nasty complaints because clearly I caused this.

Phoenix is playing a little better recently, going 6-4 over the last ten, and beating Boston on Friday in a contentious game.  They are slowly figuring out how to use Marcin Gortat and suffering through the fact that Vince Carter is an empty jersey that contains an engaged mind in about one out of every five games.

As usual, a prime thing to worry about is Channing Frye.  West and Okafor will be reluctant to step out on him on the three point line, so if he’s hitting off the shots Nash creates, he could be Matt Bonner-esque in his ability to hurt us.   In addition, Jared Dudley remains a nice piece off the bench for the Suns, hitting his long shots and working hard, and Marcin Gortat is playing strong and should be starting games instead of the ineffective Robin Lopez.

That all said, this team has some gaps.  Goran Dragic, who is desperately over-rated after that one scoring explosion in last year’s playoffs, is ineffective, and although Warrick will probably drop a thunderous dunk on us at least once, he’s not been effective overall.  If the Hornets concentrate their efforts on harassing Vince physically to make him want to check out of the game, stay home on the shooters, and let West punish the sad defensive tandem of Frye-Warrick in the post, the Hornets should take the game.

Injuries:

Suns: None
Hornets: Gray is out

Enjoy the game!

Joe will be on the Daily Dime Chat throughout the game, so stop by if you have a minute and say hello!

260 comments
f.g. di bene
f.g. di bene

bad game, we lost because of belinelli, his 13 minutes on the floor killed us.

Hornet Seantonio
Hornet Seantonio

they always do, i said yesterday that Willie green should be the starter and was met with rejection. its the best way to go, willies the better defender and as hard as it is for me to say because willie loves turrible shots hes smarter than marco. Marco shows his true colors more and more everyday. Leave marcus on the bench because otherwise when the starters leave we will have nobody else to give us some points. And i also think marcus should probably take the ball up court in the second unit too, he controls the offense off the bench because he is the offense and hes shown an ability to make some nice ass dimes, just a thought.

f.g. di bene
f.g. di bene

there's just some confidence issues. I firmly believe that marco is better than willie.

JaeAmazin
JaeAmazin

@JCS..Kill Yourself Dude

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Settle down. Take some deep breaths . . . Express your frustration (Hell, I do), but do it more creatively and stay on the peaceful side of things.

Hornet Seantonio
Hornet Seantonio

i heard the game can be reviewed since it happened on the final possession and the goaltend should have been reviewed after the fact anyways. I know rarely but in the past a few times final minutes of games have been replayed, is there any chance of that happening due to the fact the goaltending is so clear?

Hornet Seantonio
Hornet Seantonio

at minimum i want a formal letter of apology from David Stern sent to my home signed by all the members of the officiated crew tonite. is that too much to ask?

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Sounds good

AgentZiko
AgentZiko

I really hope that the Hornets organization puts together a mix tape for the leauge of these B.S. plays. That's TWICE now that we had a game decided by a goal tending violation that the refs didn't even fairly review. That's terrible. Especially in the West where 1 game can decide 3rd place, to 8th place come playoffs.

ur_gmas_daughter
ur_gmas_daughter

ESPN recap of the game: "The Suns nearly blew an eight-point lead in the final 18 seconds, but Grant Hill BLOCKED Marcus Thornton's inside attempt with 3.9 seconds left and Hornets guard Chris Paul's desperation 3-point attempt missed the rim as time expired." BLOCKED?!? More like "blocked the shot after it hitting the backboard" How was that not reviewable? Cause there was no initial call on the court?

jib
jib

wow.... they're probably just covering for David Aldrige's ass cus he looks pretty dumb now. For some reason ESPN wants to let this slide I just watched the highlight of the game on the espn halftime show they didn't even show the goaltend... I don't have nbatv right now if someone wouldn't mind summing up what they said i'd appreciate it I'm pretty curious right now.

jib
jib

good to hear^^^ much appreciated

m-W
m-W

Everyone on NBAtv thought it was an obvious goaltend. They showed it like 10 times. They all thought it was a goaltend.

QueenBee
QueenBee

They were more concerned with helping the Suns improve to 11-0 in their last 11 Sunday home games. They're also 3-0 on Sunday home games this season. The refs were ready to go home.

JaeAmazin
JaeAmazin

What are you talking about dude..We made a great comeback and had a chance to send the game into Ot..But the Refs just watched a clear goaltend..Nobody here is gonna wake up mad tomorrow..But if you're not peeved about the outcome..Then your're not a hornets fan

Thornton's Thunder
Thornton's Thunder

Ur right... JaeAmazin...but JCS can't see what actually happened. Those eyes are too blinded by hating on Thornton! I didn't see his posts when he helped bring us back to one of the most amazing comebacks in franchise history. Nor does he talk about some of the other issues throughout the game which got us there:) We're all a bit upset...but refs are professionals too, they can't catch everything, but I would have expected a critical call such as that to be called!

QueenBee
QueenBee

Bob Licht: "CST replay clearly shows G.Hill goaltended Thornton's gm-tying layup attempt at PHX tonite. No call. Hornets furious comebac falls 2pts shy. 3 minutes ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®" Gerry V.. "Ball hits glass on att and hill slaps ball on glass/ goal tending on last play vs suns/ can I get an amen? A witness? Hey! Listen to me! 12 minutes ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®"

jib
jib

@Ryan, Michael, or Joe If possible maybe a video of that goaltending slow mo on the blog page to join the other videos is in order?

JCS
JCS

You guys are acting like your human rights were violated. This is not Egypt people, it's just a NBA game. You can still go to work tomorrow, log on to facebook, and eat your bagel.

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And you are pretending like you know a lick about basketball and actually care about this team.

m-W
m-W

If you don't care about games, why bother following them, or taking the time to comment?

JCS
JCS

Do me a favor and copy and paste the comment where someone wrote they don't care about the games. Please.

QueenBee
QueenBee

If you don't like the way we're feeling, come back tomorrow. We're fans and it's the way we're feeling right now. If that had been your boy Derrick Rose that Hill fouled/goaltended on I'd bet you'd be pissed too.

JCS
JCS

I don't like blown calls. I don't like blown lay-ups. I don't like MT5s shot selection. I don't like complaining. I don't like that my favorite player Chris Paul has not lead his team to the top of his division or top 3 in the Western Conference as my boy Derrick Rose has led his team to the top of his division whilst Boozer and Noah being on the sidelines. If you're the most efficient guard, a captain, an all-star, and a gold medal athlete, then I expect you to take over games and not leave it up to an underdog like MT5.

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Any idea what else isn't liked?

Forever504
Forever504

The Only thing that could have made me feel better about this is if our coaching staff went all John McEnroe / Serena Williams on the refs

QueenBee
QueenBee

If I was Monty I'd have a hell of a fine tomorrow. That's for damn sure. LOL!

PeeDee
PeeDee

goal fucking tending and a foul.....it should have been a three point play!!!

JaeAmazin
JaeAmazin

Rubbish!!!..We got fucking robbed..You can't touch the ball after it has hit the backboard..That's Bullshit

Just A Fan
Just A Fan

Don't blame MT-5 when West was walking down the court all night long. This is why he doesn't deserve to be on an Al-star team, he whines too much and doesn't play defense when things don't go his way. If he would have put any effort into this game we would have won. That is if Belly would not have played at all!!!

QueenBee
QueenBee

West did suck for the most part tonight. But how are you going to take this one bad game that he's had out of probably the last 10, and talk about how he isn't an All Star and all that? Come on now. As much as West may have sucked tonight, he still did a whole damn lot better than the starting 2 guard. I'm starting to wonder if Belinelli should even be in the NBA let alone a damn starting guard on my favorite team.

Thornton's Thunder
Thornton's Thunder

QueenBee, I believe 'Just A Fan' is right...it's not about the fact that he had a bad game...hell, they all do (shit, they're human). The problem for me is the obvious lack of effort. To me, an All Star encompasses so much more than the stats...it's the fact that regardless of whether or not you get the calls you thought you should've gotten, you are willing to put it all out there for your team. That's where West fell short... based upon what I saw! And believe me, I watched the ENTIRE game! Those other guys deserve more...win, lose or draw, they should know that West (and every other player on the court) is going to give it their best effort! It's gotta start there! Don't you think??

QueenBee
QueenBee

If the Wizards come win their first road game in the NOLA arena, I'm gonna hurt something.

JayRey
JayRey

I'm right there with you Queen...someone or something will get knocked out lol

JCS
JCS

I hear Polish Hammers are pretty effective.

jib
jib

wow i saw that replay.... un-f**king-believable marcus got cheated fellas the refs ruined this game im amazed i'll take bs calls night in and night out but that call was absolute bulls**t wow...

jib
jib

mt5 did nothing wrong don't talk until you watch the slow mo replay everyone... that goaltend was awful. David Aldridge and his little we get all the calls arguments can go suck it now you already know he won't say s**t now

QueenBee
QueenBee

@jib-No Aldridge won't say anything now. But you can best believe his ass is laughing because he done put it out there and it's working.

QueenBee
QueenBee

They need to send a tape in and have the league reprimand their incompetent ass officials. I'm getting sick of it. And it's not just for my team either. Afterwhile watching the NBA will be like watching the WWF or WWE. Scripted.

jib
jib

They need to do, and you know they'll come out and say yeah we blew that call, which wont even really mean a thing. These plays need to be reviewable, all bball fans wouldn't mind reviews of a goaltending with say less than two minutes in a half.