Anatomy of a Defense and Game On: Hornets @ Thunder

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Published: February 2, 2011

Matchup: Hornets(32-18) @ Thunder(30-17)

Off Efficiency: Hornets 103.3(16th), Thunder 107.4(7th)
Def Efficiency: Hornets 99.0(3rd), Thunder 105.0(17th)

As always, thanks to the estimable Dariusz for the game day banner.

We’ve talked about the Thunder a lot on the podcast, and it feels like we’ve been playing them All. The. Time.  So I’m only going to talk briefly about this matchup.

This would be a tough game at the best of times, but without Okafor, the defense is going to struggle against a good offensive team.  I also don’t expect Jason Smith to be able to roll to the basket like he did against the Wizards.  In fact, should Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee find themselves on a Basketball IQ gameshow, it would be similar to watching one of those SNL Celebrity Jeapordy Skits.

I fully expect Nick Collison and Serge Ibaka to make life painful for Smith – and for us watching.

Injuries:

Hornets: Emeka Okafor is out.
Thunder: None

Anatomy of a Defense

So what do I want to talk about with the Hornets?  Well, a continuing theme.  Their defense.  Last week we pointed out the huge leap the Hornets have made defensively, and how it’s one of the biggest defensive leaps in the history of the NBA.  Today, I’m going to break down just what the Hornets do to limit their opponents.

Controlling Shots vs Contesting Shots

In the NBA, there are two general defensive skills when trying to limit a team’s ability to put the ball in the basket: Forcing bad shots, and contesting the shots that are taken.  So far this season, the Hornets are purely ordinary at the first, and exceptional at the second.  How do we know this? The site Hoopdata com tracks all kinds of information, including where opponents are taking shots against your team – and what the league average shooting percentage is for each of those ranges.  This information is a great tool to evaluate whether your team is forcing bad shots – and whether they contest them well.  For context, here is the expected points per type of shot for an average NBA player this season, ranked by the most efficient sort of shot:

  • At rim: 1.258 points per shot
  • 3-pointer: 1.082 points per shot
  • 2-10 feet: 0.866 points per shot
  • 16-23 feet: 0.788 points per shot
  • 10-15 feet: 0.772 points per shot

So what do the Hornets do defensively?  The shots their opponents take each game have an expected eFG% of 49.6% – in other words, they should expect to score(not counting free throws and and-1’s) 0.992 points per shot.  That number is tied for 15th in the league – or is purely average, so no, the Hornets ability to control what sort of shots their opponents are getting is not exceptional.  What is exceptional is the fact that Hornets opponents only shoot an effective FG% of 48% on those shots, earning 0.96 points per shot.  That is the 6th best number in the NBA.  So the Hornets, despite giving up a decent shot selection, manage to force teams into completing them at a fairly poor rate.

The Rest of the Defensive Enchilada

Controlling and Contesting shots are, of course, not the whole story.  In fact, three years ago, when the Hornets also sported a nice defense(7th in the league) en route to a 2nd seed in the West, the Hornets were purely ordinary at almost everything but one category:  They never gave up any free throws. These things matter.  So how do the Hornets stack up today?

Rebounding

A key part to limiting an opponents efficiency is the ability to control the defensive boards. Each offensive rebound an opponent gets extends the posession and frequently generates high-efficiency shots.  This year, the Hornets are simply owning the defensive glass, and opponents are grabbing only 22.9% of available offensive rebounds.  That number is good for 2nd in the league behind only Orlando.  One and done.

Turnovers

With Paul and Ariza ripping steals at a high rate, you’d expect the Hornets to rank highly here, but this stat actually incorporates a lot more than that.  Scraps for loose balls.  Forced bad passes.  Charges.  The Hornets are good at all of those things but drawing charges, and thus force their opponents into turning the ball over on 14.2% of their posessions.  That number is good for 9th in the league.

Free Throw Rate

So teams can really suck at making shots against you, but if you can’t keep them from getting to the free throw line, you’re pretty much screwed.  Like I mentioned above, this number alone made the Hornets a good defense three years ago – so how are the Hornets doing this season?  Opponents average 0.28 free throws for every shot they take.  That number is 6th in the league.  No freebies.

Anyways, if you made it this far . . . Enjoy the game!

225 Comments

  1. AgentZiko

    February 2, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Wow. Ryan. GREAT post man. Loved this information.

    This is what I was talking about earlier in the season when comparing Aaron Afflalo to Marco Belinelli. They are completely different players on defense. Aaron Afflalo is the typical Ben Howlin (UCLA coach) bi product who tries to LIMIT his opponents possessions. Thats how he plays defense. By CONTROLLING SHOTS. Where as Marco openly allows his defender, no matter who it is, to catch the ball, and try to shoot OVER his outstretched hands, or with a hand in their face. Ariza does the exact same thing, and so does Paul.

    Both styles are very effective if executed with the right individuals, and as long as the team defense rotates fast enough to help people. The only players in the league this defense DOESN’T work on? Kobe, and Wade. Ariza has proven his defense works great on Durant, Lebron, and Melo. But Kobe and Wade are the kind of guys you need to try to KEEP the ball out of their hands.

    GREAT Article. LOVED it.

    Hopefully we can get a win tonight though. Looks like a REALLY tough game without Mek.

    • George

      February 2, 2011 at 8:11 pm

      You can throw Dirk in there with Kobe and Wade.

  2. TopherPrice

    February 2, 2011 at 11:20 am

    I was just looking at the league stats this morning and ran across the opponent rebounding stats. I knew we were doing much better than last year in that area, but wow. 1st in allowing offensive rebounds at 9% and overall 2nd in the league in allowed rebounds. Floored, that is what I am. Just as the shift in defensive numbers from last year to this one has been one of the largest corrections in history, I bet this rebounding shift is equally historic.

    If Thibs wasn’t pulling the same story off over in Chicago, Monty would be top 2 for coach of the year. Mad, Mad props to coach Williams and all the guys for buying into the new team philosophy.

    • TopherPrice

      February 2, 2011 at 11:35 am

      answer to my question about rebounding shift. Not so historic.

      From 9th to sitting at 1st in offensive rebounding percentage allowed
      From 17th to sitting at 2nd in total rebounding percentage allowed

      Still pretty awesome.

    • JCS

      February 2, 2011 at 1:02 pm

      It will be an interesting match up once Monty finds himself vis-à-vi Thibs. Both men are in their first year, they’re defensive minded to the core, and they’re the most recent winners of Coach of the Month for their respective conferences. I for one, can’t hardly wait for that game.

      • TopherPrice

        February 2, 2011 at 1:19 pm

        Yeah, I would imagine that this year has to rank up there with some of the great Jordan years for you. Both your Bulls and Bees doing solid work under not so easy conditions.

  3. cro_CP3

    February 2, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Great analysis…We need CP3 and DWest and the BENCH to contribute tonight more than ever and it’s a important game because the Hornets need this one because the Thunder are the first team in their division and NOLA is 3rd 1.5 game behind Dallas and we need this one because it would even the series and then with a better record than them, we would move up on the standings, now we are 1-2 vs OKC and we have a better record, but if we win this one with a better record we can be 2nd or 3rd in the division, but in the conference standings be better than OKC…

  4. QueenBee

    February 2, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    I expect Russell Westbrook to have a BIG game tonight. Although the votes are probably in already, this will be his last game before the All Star game reserves are announced and everybody knows he wants to be in that game.

    It would be nice to get an at least decent game from Marco Belinelli.

    As great as it would be, I don’t expect Jason Smith to duplicate what he did last night. I would be moderately surprised if he did though.

    • Joe Gerrity

      February 2, 2011 at 12:42 pm

      Moderately is an understatement. 9 straight shots to start the game? That was close to the Hornets record of 11.

      • QueenBee

        February 2, 2011 at 12:44 pm

        I agree. Moderately is an understatement. I’d be pleasantly surprised. And if he did it against the Lakers on Friday, I’d be ECSTATIC! LOL!

    • ur_gmas_daughter

      February 2, 2011 at 2:15 pm

      Yah the All Star voting ended last week, which is AWESOME for us because Aldridge went OFF last night and that probably would have sealed a spot above D West but it’s already ended so we’ll see!

  5. Joe Gerrity

    February 2, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Great article masquerading as a game on post, you sly devil.

    • Ryan Schwan

      February 2, 2011 at 1:06 pm

      People generally never comment on my Statistics Posts. This way, I’ll get all the game-on discussion and feel like people are really excited by my numbers.

      Ninja.

  6. Stefan

    February 2, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    I’m almost scared to watch this tonight.

  7. Stefan

    February 2, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Can somebody get a video of Smith’s sick crossover (Yes, he did a crossover!) and dunk!? It was naaaaaassssty.

    • Ryan Schwan

      February 2, 2011 at 1:07 pm

      I’ll work on this tonight.

      Maybe the Jason Smith Career-Night Highlight Reel.

      • thechosenuno

        February 2, 2011 at 2:55 pm

        Did you all notice how, during his post-game, on-court interview, J Smitty clearly wanted to have a big grin on his face and generally be really happy with the game he had, but he instead tried to put on a serious face about how he worked hard and it was a great team win? I thought it was hysterical. He almost cracked a big grin a few times, which he should have.

      • AgentZiko

        February 2, 2011 at 4:35 pm

        You could pretty much label it “NBA Career Highlights” and it work too. LoL.

  8. Mikey

    February 2, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Keeping the Thunder off the free throw line and hitting the defensive glass will be paramount tonight. Best way to do that is to limit live-ball turnovers and turn Russel Westbrook into a jump-shooter. I’d like to see CP control the tempo of this game, and really make an effort an running an efficient, deliberate offense. If this game turns into a track meet, it will be difficult to watch.

    • QueenBee

      February 2, 2011 at 1:01 pm

      Keeping the Thunder off the ft line would be huge. However, I don’t think that’ll happen. Surely not IN OKC. This teams gets to the ft line a lot. Especially Durant. I’ve seen him have more free throws in a game than the entire opposing team. Turning Westbrook into a jump shooter is also easier said than done. The dude just barrels himself to the rim. And you’re right, CP has to control the tempo because you just know that OKC will want to run, run, run.

      • Mikey

        February 2, 2011 at 4:06 pm

        “Keeping them off” is a relative term of course. If we can keep the FT attempts at or around 25, I would consider that success. Westbrook is the 2nd most effective PG in the NBA at getting to the rim. You aren’t going to stop him from getting there. The key is to somehow limit his impact. The last time they met in N.O. Arena, the Hornets did more switching on him in the 2nd half, and that seemed to be effective in limiting his at-the-rim attempts. The other way to limit him is to not turn the ball over so much. It can be done, but it won’t be easy. Lucky for the Hornets, in this game at least, is that OKC doesn’t have tremendous size, but they will miss Okafor’s shot-blocking.

      • QueenBee

        February 2, 2011 at 5:26 pm

        I agree Mikey.

  9. chiefyoungblood

    February 2, 2011 at 1:27 pm

  10. cp3pdx

    February 2, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Really enjoyed the defensive analysis. I seem to recall you doing something similar three years ago analyzing the Paul-MoPete-Peja-West-Chandler defensive dynamics. Good work!

  11. Will Bennett

    February 2, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Dig deep tonight bee’s- they can do it.

    Trying to watch these games from Australia… the site i was using: http://atdhe.net has been flagged and removed, so has the other site that worked for me: http://www.firstrow.net/sports/basketball.html. Does anyone out there know of another live streaming site for Hornets game? MUCHLY appreciated!

  12. QueenBee

    February 2, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    I was told atdhe.fm worked last night.

    • CP3nBrees

      February 2, 2011 at 4:22 pm

      Yes it does work

  13. Brazilian Hornet

    February 2, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    We just launched the Brazilian blog for the New Orleans Hornets. And of course, relate this blog here on our list to the right. Our blog is still under construction but we are gradually trying to popularize the Hornets in our country. We do this for the sake of time, without any commercial interest:

    http://nohornetsbrasil.wordpress.com/

    Although we improve the blog, make it more beautiful. The New Orleans Hornets deserve.

    • JCS

      February 2, 2011 at 3:23 pm

      Good looking blog. I’ll have to ask my church friends from Brazil to translate. What part of Brazil are you from and are there any ballers your way that are worth scouting for the Hornets?

      • Brazilian Hornet

        February 3, 2011 at 7:59 am

        I’m from Rio de Janeiro. And to translate the blog, you can use the Google translator.

    • m_W

      February 2, 2011 at 6:08 pm

      Awesome. We will help promote it too!

  14. CP3nBrees

    February 2, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Does anyone know what package I have to purchase from Charter to watch the Hornets?

    • 42

      February 2, 2011 at 5:39 pm

      I do believe it’s called Sportsview. $5 a month.

  15. Diane

    February 2, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    @Brazilian Hornet

    Great looking web site – would be great in English too.

    • Brazilian Hornet

      February 3, 2011 at 8:05 am

      We are developing it. Is that the blog is just beginning. Although we will improve. Anyway, thanks for the support.

  16. AgentZiko

    February 2, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Stopping Russell Westbrook:

    CP did a pretty good job on him last game. But in all honesty, I would really like to see Marco Belinelli guard him so CP doesn’t pick up any fouls. This is a game we just CAN’T afford to have him pick up any fouls.

    And, here’s why I think Marco should guard him.

    There’s one person in the NBA who I have seen COMPLETELY shut down Russell Westbrook. That is Kobe Bean Bryant. Last year in the first round of the playoffs, Russell Westbrook TORCHED the Lakers in games 1-4. In game 5, Kobe switched with Fisher, Brown, and Farmar and guarded Westbook. And what he did just completely threw Westbrook off his game.

    Kobe played a good 5-8 feet away from Westbrook every time he guarded him. Westbrook torches people the second he is able to get his shoulder even with theirs, when he uses his quick first step. Kobe NEVER allowed Westbrook to go by him by:

    1. Enticing him to shoot jumpers.
    2. Having the DISTANCE and TIME to read Westbrooks moves to step ahead of him.

    Kobe drew MULTIPLE charges on Westbrook, blocked many of his shots by using his length, and sucked Westbrook into shooting a bunch of threes which he STRUGGLED with BADLY. Yes, he did make some of his outside shots. But when you compare his percentage of inside shots to outside, it’s DRASTICALLY different.

    Westbrook FEEDS off of people playing close to him. The closer they are, the more he can use his quickness and power to get by them by lowering his shoulder and barreling into the lane. But if he has no contact with his defender, he actually STRUGGLES at offense because he doesn’t have the EASY baskets he thrives on.

    If Marco guards him, but plays COMPLETELY off of him, and forces Westbrook to fire away from outside, all Marco has to do is use his length to put a hand in Westbrooks face to alter his view, and shot, and take a step back every time Westbrook tries to attack. Quincy has the length to do this too. But I’m pretty sure he’ll be relegated to Durant to give Trevor a breather.

    • AgentZiko

      February 2, 2011 at 4:46 pm

      P.S. Kobe did the exact same thing to Rajon Rondo in the finals, and Rondo ALSO struggled to get any rhythm going because of it.

  17. NolaHog

    February 2, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Ryan REALLY hates Jason Smith. I agree that with Westbrook’s history of penetrating easily against us, Smith could have some challenges with rotating and help defense, but do you seriously think Nick Collison is going to abuse Jason? I’m not sure if you got the memo, but Nick Collison sucks. In fact, I think OKC is going to have a little bit of a defensive quandry against US down low, because Collison clearly couldn’t guard West in the last game, so if they switch Ibaka to West, then that will put Collison on Smith. OKC will then have to pick their poison about who to bring for help when they have to double West (which they will. . .even with Ibaka guarding). Collison, leaving Smith open for the cut to the basket or the short jumper, or Durant, who will have to leave the recently hot shooting Ariza open.
    That being said, defense will still be a question mark, but that battle will have to be won or lost by Paul & Ariza. If they can stop Westbrook from penetrating, then Smith won’t be the defensive liability that you’re making him out to be. This is going to be a very exciting game. Monty needs to be QUICK to call a timeout if OKC gets on a run, because with their crowd they can turn a game into a blowout in a hurry.

  18. Michael McNamara

    February 2, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Liked the stat buffet Ryan- nice work. Only other thing I wanna see in there- Where do we rank in Defensive 3 second violations? Seems like we have given up 50 points this year because of some of the bigs inability to get out of the paint. Conversely, I only recall 5-6 times we got a free throw due to other teams getting that technical.

    As for the game, I will admit that this is one of the few games that I am expecting to lose going into it. Emeka out, OKC mad about blowing the last game against us, 2nd night of a back to back, plus the fact that OKC is a good team and an even better one at home = a small chance to win.

    Having said that, a win here would give us the season series and provide a huge confidence boost going into this final stretch before the break. No matter how it gets done, a win tonight would be a top 3 win for the season IMO.

    Oh, and if Jason Smith has a 2nd good game in a row, I have a huge piece of crow marinating- ready to put on the grill.

  19. Go Blue

    February 2, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Lame I have to listen to these annoying OKC commentators. Let’s go Hornets!!

    • Go Blue

      February 2, 2011 at 7:14 pm

      Marco makes his first shot…about time

    • QueenBee

      February 2, 2011 at 7:19 pm

      Don’t hesitate to hit that mute button. 😉

  20. peronas

    February 2, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Hmmmm game seems to be blacked out on league pass for some reason…. Anyone know why?

    • Go Blue

      February 2, 2011 at 7:20 pm

      @ peronas It’s not on League pass because it’s on NBA TV

      • peronas

        February 2, 2011 at 7:27 pm

        Thanks for the info. I hate that, I already pay them for league pass only to get blacked out when they show it on NBA TV since I don’t pay them for that as well… oh well the link given above works fine.

  21. mbdtf

    February 2, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Atta boy Marco

  22. JayRey

    February 2, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    BELINELLI!!!!! So far great start!

  23. peronas

    February 2, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Offense is looking good to start off.

  24. Forever504

    February 2, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    WOW beli is making shots

    • QueenBee

      February 2, 2011 at 7:23 pm

      That’s good to hear! I’m scared to watch. LOL.

  25. mbdtf

    February 2, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    I wish they would guard Durant….

  26. thekeymaster

    February 2, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    anyone else notice that channelsurfing.net and adthe.net got shut down?

    • m-W

      February 2, 2011 at 7:46 pm

      Try adthe.fm.

  27. Forever504

    February 2, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    great job as far the weather must be really bad there because their arena looks empty

  28. peronas

    February 2, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Oh god no….

  29. mbdtf

    February 2, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Paul hurt..

  30. cmac81

    February 2, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    oh god no…

  31. thekeymaster

    February 2, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    what happened to cp?

  32. JayRey

    February 2, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Ohhh myy goodness…not good not good O_O

  33. Schmide234

    February 2, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    noooooo………we cannot have that

  34. Go Blue

    February 2, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Darn it!! He better be okay

    • Go Blue

      February 2, 2011 at 7:25 pm

      noooooooooooooo wow he’s out the game!! wth noooo

  35. Schmide234

    February 2, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    being helped off the floor. hopefully theyre just being cautious… needing support is not a good sign

  36. thekeymaster

    February 2, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    what happned????

    • Forever504

      February 2, 2011 at 7:28 pm

      stepped on ibaka’s (spell check) foot

  37. Forever504

    February 2, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO (think positive)

  38. QueenBee

    February 2, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    I had to go change tuners to see what happened. Looked like he was grabbing at that ankle again.

  39. Ryan

    February 2, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    DAMN IT!!!!!!!!!

  40. Go Blue

    February 2, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Well….Jack please step up like J Smith did last night

  41. mbdtf

    February 2, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Damn we were playing pretty well too. Please let him come back somehow

  42. QueenBee

    February 2, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    How is the rest of the team looking? Are they looking like they don’t know what the hell to do now that CP is in the lockerroom?

    • Stew

      February 2, 2011 at 7:34 pm

      Yep.

      • QueenBee

        February 2, 2011 at 7:36 pm

        LOL Stew! Figures. LOL!

        I have the game on my other tuner but I’m just not really in the mood to watch OKC get to the line all damn night.

  43. thekeymaster

    February 2, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    WTF this is b.s. this team is friggin’ cursed

  44. dquartermain

    February 2, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    well…the worst has happened. pack it up gentlemen, there’s always next season…

    • 42

      February 2, 2011 at 10:25 pm

      I packed up everything because you said so and then he comes back?!?! Not cool!!!

  45. HiMyNameisSteven

    February 2, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    well this game is over unless marcus drops 40 … no one can stay with westbrook

  46. Schmide234

    February 2, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    it was a 11-2 run since paul left. Ariza just got an and1 tho

  47. Stew

    February 2, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Wow.

    Just wow.

    They were playing so well too.

    Please don’t let this be serious. PLEASE.

  48. mbdtf

    February 2, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Just stay positive. This is why we have Jack.

  49. Go Blue

    February 2, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    I liking DWest effort getting to the rim and offensive rebounding. Same for Ariza, he’s attacking the basket, getting blocked, but still attacking. I’m going to try to stay positive…..>_<

  50. JayRey

    February 2, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Ok we’re only down by 4…we have to just play with intensity and heart. We still have our secret weapon MT lol. Has anyone heard any update on Paul’s injury yet??

  51. PeeDee

    February 2, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    does anybody esle hate Marco ball fake as much as i do?

    • NOLA ALL DAY

      February 2, 2011 at 7:40 pm

      i do

  52. NOLA ALL DAY

    February 2, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    and this is why we shouldnt have traded collison… i almost knew this was gonna happen again..

    • Schmide234

      February 2, 2011 at 7:47 pm

      no no. we wouldnt be where we are if we didnt trade him. We have jack and hes doing a good enough job. the only reason i would say what you just did is if news comes back that pauls out for the season (god forbid). Im thinking were fine and hes playing about when okafor is

      • QueenBee

        February 2, 2011 at 7:57 pm

        Exactly. The Hornets weren’t winning games with Collison. People think that just because he put up nice numbers it’s all good but nice numbers don’t always = wins.

        Anyway, glad to hear CP is back. If the Hornets win this game, I’ll watch the re-play tonight.

  53. thekeymaster

    February 2, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    i take it judging by the foul and FT disparity that the refs have been favoring the thunder?

  54. peronas

    February 2, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Someone keep a body on collison please…

  55. mbdtf

    February 2, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Andersen!

  56. Forever504

    February 2, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    the bench is play very well tonight

  57. Ryan

    February 2, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Anderson has been doing good lately…..

  58. JayRey

    February 2, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Last game Smith now this game Anderson???? With MT and Green as the leading points?? I want Q-Pon to do something!!!

  59. thekeymaster

    February 2, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    nice looks like the hornets aren’t going to just lay down and die without cp and mek

  60. mbdtf

    February 2, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    He’s back on the bench!

  61. Go Blue

    February 2, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    PAULLLLLLLLLL is on the bike!!!! good news finally!

  62. JayRey

    February 2, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    PAUL!!! on the bicycle YAYYYYY

  63. Schmide234

    February 2, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Pauls commin back!

  64. Forever504

    February 2, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    anderson is on fire tonight

  65. Go Blue

    February 2, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Dude!!! Willie and D. Anderson is making me so proud. -smile-

  66. mbdtf

    February 2, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    HES IN!!!!

  67. Schmide234

    February 2, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    the hornets can play D without paul and mek. D is the anchor. lets do this

  68. JayRey

    February 2, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    WHAT A WARRIOR!!!!

  69. peronas

    February 2, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Anderson is trying to do his best Smith impersonation tonight.

    • Stew

      February 2, 2011 at 7:52 pm

      LMAO. It’s true though. The signs of a good team. Somebody stepping up every game to save the day.

  70. thekeymaster

    February 2, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    damn he’s back!!!! man o steal

  71. rmorales07

    February 2, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    CP3’s NO NO JAY CUTLER… WOOOOOOOO (RIC FLAIR)… I JUST TOOK A HEAVY BREATHE

    • Go Blue

      February 2, 2011 at 7:52 pm

      That really made me laugh…oh and thanks again Jay Cutler for your playoff performance (choking). He made me some money lol

  72. Forever504

    February 2, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Cp3 is back crisis averted

  73. Stew

    February 2, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    CP back in!!!!

  74. mbdtf

    February 2, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Loving this team effort!!!

  75. Schmide234

    February 2, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    look at dem big ol white guys ballin it up!! it makes me proud to be one!

    • Stew

      February 2, 2011 at 7:53 pm

      White flight!

  76. JayRey

    February 2, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Woot Woot!!! Lets go BEES!! We’re putting the Thunder in quite a disarray

  77. JaeAmazin

    February 2, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Just tuned in..Had no idea CP was Hurt..Phew!…And Two letters….DA!!!!!!!…I Fucking love guys who step up!!

  78. Go Blue

    February 2, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    I think Cp3 going down, lit a fire under their butts. Bittersweet.

    • QueenBee

      February 2, 2011 at 8:11 pm

      That’s good. Instead of them hanging their heads, sounds like they rallied.

  79. mbdtf

    February 2, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Guard Durant!

  80. rmorales07

    February 2, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    we all know how CP3 does when he is mad… he is gonna finish strong today.. hoop dat?

    • JaeAmazin

      February 2, 2011 at 8:30 pm

      Wow!!..Cmon Basketball Gods..You see Our Team Defying the odds And Working hard..At least reward us with good Health..PLEASE!!

  81. Schmide234

    February 2, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    its called the 1 2 punch. THORNTON AND ANDERSON. im really liking that guy. his jumper is sooo mcuh sweeter looking than smiths

  82. JaeAmazin

    February 2, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    The Stroke is Nasty..I fucking Love Chris Paul..I’m really smacking all opposers to him being the Fucking Best!

  83. peronas

    February 2, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Nice defensive possession there

  84. mbdtf

    February 2, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    It won’t count but I love the effort!

  85. Ryan

    February 2, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Next Hornet Video should star Andersen and Smith……

    The WHITE boys in the Building tonight……. Oh what a feeling, i’m feeling life!

  86. JayRey

    February 2, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Paul with 11 points in 12 minutes…BEAST

  87. Schmide234

    February 2, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    u kno how Rc was crazy for Mensa Bonsu? i am seriously becoming that big of a fan for Anderson

    • 42

      February 2, 2011 at 11:03 pm

      rm.

      I’m Q man, in terms of first-years. No beef with Andersen blokes, however.

  88. QueenBee

    February 2, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Ok, by the looks of the boxscore, we need to hit the boards a bit more.

    And I’m not surprised to see Durant have almost as many free throws as the entire Hornets team in the 1st half. 😕

    • JayRey

      February 2, 2011 at 8:23 pm

      Both teams have been making their shots Queen…The good thing is that so far the Thunder only have 2 offensive boards

      • QueenBee

        February 2, 2011 at 8:26 pm

        Thankd JayRey. 🙂 That is indeed a good thing.

  89. JaeAmazin

    February 2, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Man this game is going Great..They have 12pts in the Paint..And Durant is Not on earth right now..Keep up The D fellas..Durant will be back down eventually

  90. Forever504

    February 2, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    I wonder why beli isn’t starting the 3rd

    • QueenBee

      February 2, 2011 at 8:27 pm

      He’s not? But he was playing well wasn’t he? Who started in his spot?

    • Schmide234

      February 2, 2011 at 8:30 pm

      green started

      • QueenBee

        February 2, 2011 at 8:38 pm

        Thanks Schmide234.

  91. JaeAmazin

    February 2, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Look at the Pass..I had no idea he was going to west ..So I know the thunder didn’t

  92. mbdtf

    February 2, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Ariza’s turn to get hurt………

    Can’t buy a call either

  93. Forever504

    February 2, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    come on guys dont fall apart not

  94. JayRey

    February 2, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    are you serious???

  95. George

    February 2, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Oh no, now Ariza

  96. Forever504

    February 2, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    can someone tell the thunder players to move their fucking feet

  97. QueenBee

    February 2, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Oh no! What’s up with Ariza now?

  98. Go Blue

    February 2, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Oh nooo, Ariza gone, and the Hornets are getting rattled…come on!!!

    • QueenBee

      February 2, 2011 at 8:34 pm

      Now that would be crazy. Don’t get rattled when CP goes out but get rattled when Ariza goes out. LOL! Come on Hornets!

  99. mbdtf

    February 2, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Hate how they give Durant the call every time he puts the ball on the floor

    • QueenBee

      February 2, 2011 at 8:35 pm

      One of the main reasons I hate watching OKC. Officials treat Durant like he’s Gold Almighty.

  100. JaeAmazin

    February 2, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Keep shooting jumpers OKC

  101. Schmide234

    February 2, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    it looked like ariza couldnt walk at all… torn tendon? thats not gucci

  102. JaeAmazin

    February 2, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Did their crowd just Boo..When Chris Did Durant’s favorite move

    • QueenBee

      February 2, 2011 at 8:39 pm

      Oh wait. CP did Durant’s RIP move on Durant?

  103. QueenBee

    February 2, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    LET’S GEAUX HORNETS!!

    Hornets need to go on a big run!

  104. Gec

    February 2, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    i never saw the thunders hit that many jumpshots

  105. JaeAmazin

    February 2, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Q!!!

  106. mbdtf

    February 2, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    11 Hornets have scored!

  107. JaeAmazin

    February 2, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Wow ref..I know he’s Jason Smith..But if they keep fouling him then call it

    • mbdtf

      February 2, 2011 at 8:41 pm

      Put him in a Durant jersey and that is no longer a problem

  108. cmac81

    February 2, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    It’s amazing the lack of respect the officials give to the best PG in the game. I mean seriously, not like a lack of calls or anything along those lines, just when he talks to them. If you see Kobe or Lebron talking to the refs the refs are all smiling and shit; when CP3 talks to the refs they just look at him like he is some piece of shit rookie!!

  109. QueenBee

    February 2, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    So what’s the story on why Belinelli didn’t start the 3rd qtr?

  110. George

    February 2, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    What other team uses 7 players off the bench?

  111. cmac81

    February 2, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Q-PON CAN GET UP!!! HOLY SON!

  112. mbdtf

    February 2, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Haaa Q got Durant with his own game

    • JaeAmazin

      February 2, 2011 at 8:57 pm

      DA!!!!!

  113. Schmide234

    February 2, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    damn son CP said get ur weight up

  114. mbdtf

    February 2, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Ariza is done for the game.. come on fellas we can win this!

  115. mbdtf

    February 2, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    GOALTENDING ON THORNTON’S LAY UP AGAIN.. NO CALL

  116. George

    February 2, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Damn Ibaka is killing us

  117. JaeAmazin

    February 2, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Wow…I don’t fucking know Marcus..I guess they have to reach through the nets

  118. Forever504

    February 2, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    another fucking goal tend that not called these refs are fucking us

  119. mbdtf

    February 2, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Refs quick to call a charge on Thornton but wont call fucking goal tending

  120. George

    February 2, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Damn it Durant

  121. JaeAmazin

    February 2, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    I fucking Hate this Dude

  122. QueenBee

    February 2, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    See that pisses me off. That’s why I’m glad I’m not watching this bullsh*t!!

  123. Gec

    February 2, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    you can’t do much when they score so many jumpshots and get a lot of good calls.. Let’s hope the momentum changes a little in the fourth

  124. JayRey

    February 2, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Great D by Q-Pon…KD is just feeling “it”

    • George

      February 2, 2011 at 8:56 pm

      Sprained ankle for Ariza

      • George

        February 2, 2011 at 8:58 pm

        Oops didn’t mean to post this as a reply.

  125. QueenBee

    February 2, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    If they are allowing the Thunder to goaltend then Monty needs to get in the officials asses about that.

  126. JaeAmazin

    February 2, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    We needed that Willie

  127. George

    February 2, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Pay Q-Pon some respect and stop calling him Poindexter

    • peronas

      February 2, 2011 at 9:13 pm

      No kidding this drives me nuts, especially since one of the announcers says it correctly the other guy just is an idiot about it

  128. Forever504

    February 2, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    why hasnt monty gone all serena williams on these refs yet

    • QueenBee

      February 2, 2011 at 9:06 pm

      He’s too nice and Christian. He’s a rookie coach and they don’t respect him. He needs to at least go Popovich on them. I’d probably be ejected by now. LOL! And I’m not even watching. LOL!

  129. Gec

    February 2, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    oh cmon we were starting to get momentum and then Willie took that stupid three and Jack forced another shot -___- cmon guys play smartly, play the hornets way or we are not going to have a chance

  130. George

    February 2, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Q!

  131. Gec

    February 2, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    willie on durant are you serious monty?

  132. cmac81

    February 2, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Can’t do anything about Durant its just one of those on fire nights.. damn

  133. mbdtf

    February 2, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Well it was a good effort everything considered.

  134. NOLABanks96

    February 2, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Marco or Marcus wud be cool right now

  135. cmac81

    February 2, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Seriously officials? JASON SMITH JUST GOT SHOVED IN THE BACK BY IBAKA AND THEN YOU TURN AROUND AND CALL A FOUL?!?!? SHOW US SOME FUCKING RESPECT!!

  136. Schmide234

    February 2, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    they miss nothing. i mean really??? and the refs are killing me

  137. NOLABanks96

    February 2, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Durants goin off on Willie… damn

  138. George

    February 2, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Durant is going to go off for 50 points at this rate

  139. JaeAmazin

    February 2, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Well..I’ll talk to y’all after the Lakers game..This is Fucking ridiculous

  140. Forever504

    February 2, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    why are we playing zone defense

  141. QueenBee

    February 2, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    So what happened other than Durant showing how he’s the leauges’ leading scorer? Did Monty wave the white flag? Did CP play in the 4th? Did Belinelli play in the 4th?

    • JayRey

      February 2, 2011 at 9:20 pm

      Green trying to do too much 2-8 from the field….Belinelli had a good first half, but hasn’t been on the floor most of the second half. MT only has about 10 minutes.

  142. JayRey

    February 2, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Wheres Belinelli at?? Wheres MT at?? Belinelli has longer length than Green and we need some scoring right about now

  143. George

    February 2, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Green has been playing like crap. Put Thornton in

  144. mbdtf

    February 2, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Yeah Durant.. thats an offensive foul

  145. cmac81

    February 2, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    IBAKA JUST ELBOWED PONDEXTER IN THE FUCKING FACE!!!! WHAT THE HELL!!

  146. cmac81

    February 2, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    And now the announcers are chirping Chris Paul for taking a shot in the chest from Durant? Wow do the know anything about basketball? That was like the easiest offensive foul in the world to take!!

    • QueenBee

      February 2, 2011 at 9:18 pm

      Hell no those dumbasses don’t know NOTHING.

      • cmac81

        February 2, 2011 at 9:21 pm

        Haha I don’t know if you’re being sarcastic or not queen but I swear to god sometimes the shit they say just makes absolutely no sense.

      • QueenBee

        February 2, 2011 at 9:25 pm

        No, they really don’t know anything. The only thing they know tonight though is the Thunder beat the Hornets. Ugh.

  147. George

    February 2, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    I hate this.

  148. peronas

    February 2, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Thunder just seem to want it more, they’re out hustling the bees and it doesn’t help that Durant can’t miss….

  149. QueenBee

    February 2, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    I’m glad I didn’t watch this. Just reading these comments are pissing me off.

  150. QueenBee

    February 2, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    What happened to Westbrook? He’s been on the same stats forever.

    • peronas

      February 2, 2011 at 9:24 pm

      He sat down with foul trouble I believe then Maynor was playing decent so they kept him in

      • QueenBee

        February 2, 2011 at 9:36 pm

        Thanks peronas. 🙂

  151. Go Blue

    February 2, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Whatever…atleast I don’t have to watch these annoying Thunder again this year. Screw you refs. I can’t believe they talk about CP3 flopping when Durant does that fake under the arm swing ALLLLLLLLLLL game long. I really want to slap that smile off Westbrook face….argh

  152. NOLABanks96

    February 2, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Wow not much u cud do. Durant had a killer nite but really Monty wat the hell was that keeping willie green in so damn long?

  153. JayRey

    February 2, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    It was more of a torture listening to the Thunder commentators imo than watching the game lol

    • Go Blue

      February 2, 2011 at 9:26 pm

      So true…I had to mute it at times. The Thunder is a good team, but they act like they have done something. Last time I checked the only thing they have done was lose in the first round in the playoff. whatever.

    • QueenBee

      February 2, 2011 at 9:30 pm

      I told you guys you should just mute like I do. Surely you don’t need basketball novices commentating for you do you? We here probably know more than those guys. Put those ******** on mute. LOL!

      • JayRey

        February 2, 2011 at 9:35 pm

        I was actually watching a live streaming in spanish, but for some reason it just blacked out :/ They were definitely much more cooler and impartial

      • QueenBee

        February 2, 2011 at 10:02 pm

        Hahaha!

  154. cmac81

    February 2, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    They’re letting Maynor play some minutes, he’s playing great I’ve always liked him ever since he was in college.

  155. George

    February 2, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    I haven’t got a good feeling about the Laker game now

    • QueenBee

      February 2, 2011 at 9:38 pm

      Now? Why did you ever have a good feeling in the first place? LOL!!!

  156. Gec

    February 2, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    well it was a nice effort. Considering that they shot great from outside, refs’re not ready to officiate a match with this kind of intensity, then their bigs just dominating because ‘Meka’s absence, without ariza on the boards and on D and forced to play willie on Durant (= no opposition = 40point in 3 quarters), with CP3 limping…

    It was a nice effort, i think the Hornets can beat this thunder team during the playoffs if the bees are healty nomatter who has the court advantage. I can’t see the Thunder doing such an offensive exploit against our defense on a daily basis once we have ‘Mek and Ariza healty. So if the hornets are going to score and get some offensive rebound i see this matchup going well.

    I’m really happy to see QPon playing that well evenif it was for nothing. I knew he could play but also knew that he’s simply too intelligent to throw in the air some bad shots just to score something and get everyone’s attention.

    good night guys

  157. Joel

    February 2, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Tough loss, Hornets. KD was on fire tonight, and no one was gonna stop him. For the record, we here in OKC don’t really like Brian Davis either. Grant Long is ok though.

    See ya in the playoffs!

  158. QueenBee

    February 2, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    From Jim Eichenhofer’s twitter…

    Marcus Thornton is 1st player in NBA history to miss 2 shots in same week that were blocked after ball hit backboard #fabricatedstats

    That’s effed up.

    • 42

      February 2, 2011 at 11:17 pm

      Indeed

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