Game On: Lakers @ Hornets (Live Chat!)
Matchup: Lakers(34-16) @ Hornets(32-19)
Off Efficiency: Lakers 109.2 (2nd), Hornets 103.3 (17th )
Def Efficiency: Lakers 102.0 (8th), Hornets 99.4 (3rd)
Pace: Lakers 94.5 (16th), Hornets 91.4 (29th)
Tonight Â the Hornets will look to get their first win of the season against the Los Angeles Lakers. The game will take place in front of what I am told will be a sell-out crowd, on one of the colder days of the year in New Orleans. If they want to see a victory, fans are going to need to bring the heat inside the Arena. The last two times these teams played, the Hornets were healthy, and still things didn’t go so well (1,2).
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Being the Western Conferences top rated defense isnâ€™t going to do much to help the Hornets stop a Laker team that even while going through a rough patch, is still undeniably one of the leagueâ€™s best teams. Pop even thinks they are better than his Spurs.
“I think they are the best team in the West.â€ “I think the struggles are overblown by you guys and gals. They are who they are. They’ve been doing this a long time. They just won two [championships] in a row again and there’s no doubt perhaps there’s going to be some nights when it’s just not all there emotionally. We run into that now, we’ve got the best record and we run into that and we haven’t won a championship in a long time so we don’t have that excuse and it happens to us.”
If the Hornets are going to win this one they need outstanding contributions from both a big man and a backup guard. Quincy Pondexter is not going to give you much offensively from the three, and neither is whoever winds up playing center for most of the game. Someone needs to put the points on the board. David West can be that guy, but heâ€™s going to have his hands fill with a pair of seven footer and a slightly smaller huge guy.
After losing Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza to injuries, the Hornets will need a big man (Iâ€™m looking at you, Aaron Gray) to step forward and combat the Lakers front court trio of Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom. The Hornets can run a small ball lineup against most teams, but the Lakers can eat them alive with size in the frontcourt if they so choose. Monty is going to have to be careful not to leave his guys overmatched on defense. Iâ€™m sure he has some tricks up his sleeve, but facing the size disadvantage that he is, tricks might not be sufficient.
And if that wasnâ€™t enough to deal with, thereâ€™s this guy named Kobe something in the back court. Fortunately for Hornets fans, he was spotted on Bourbon Street last night at Rickâ€™s Cabaret (who really should be sponsoring us by now). My source tells me he was there for over three hours. Does that mean he will be a bit off tonight? You be the judge of that.
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- Belinelli has been ice cold as of late, making only 2 of his last 16 three pointers, and 12 of his last 36 shots overall.
i think QPon should have played more to guard Kobe and to make our lineup bigger so we could have some kind of dribble penetration, expecially down the stretch. QPon may be a tactic weapon during the playoffs and i wish he played more to know how playoff intensity tastes like.. Late in the fourth: Andersen made some Defensive mistake and CP3 didn't want to take his responsabilities on offense, Hornets' whole offense was bad there, but it's hard to win if you have that many jumpshooters on the floor.
Taking into account that our injured players are probably more crucial in this game than any other, I think the Hornets can be proud of this performance. I hate the term "moral victory" but I think this is one.
With that move Monty just proved that he has a personal problem with MT. Putting Pavlovic in proves he is the stupidest coach in the NBA.
Just A Fan, there are definately some issues with this rotation & I cannot figure it out! Pav played 10 min & was 0/1...10 min? Why? Must have been that blazing defense (you know cuz others would sit the bench for that defensive performance)! These guys played their asses off, but we lacked in coaching...NO DOUBT!!! Anderson was hott, but he got pulled & sat way too long? I'm proud of their effort but coach's badd on this one...not to mention the poor officiating...don't get mr started!!
hey guys, im sorry because ive asked this before, but im trying to find a website i can watch the game from in Australia- the atdhe.net one doesnt work anymore, neither does the firstrow.net one. DESPERATE to watch the hornets take on the lakers- please someone post a link.. thanks
The Hornets always give a tough fight to the Lakers...will it be enough to beat them however??? Having Gray and Mbenga could hopefully disturb Gasol/Bynum. If Bynum is even playing. I see Q-Pon having a good game defending Kobe. He doesn't have to worry about the size disadvantage like when he went against Durant.
Smith with flu-like symptoms. http://www.nola.com/hornets/index.ssf/2011/02/new_orleans_hornets_without_th.html
Gonna be a tough one considering our injuries. However, we have won 6 in a row at home so anything could happen. We also happen to be undefeated when Q starts. :)
The most expensive item on the NBA online store is an Upper Deck New Orleans Hornets Chris Paul Autographed Jersey. The second most expensive item is a Chris Paul signed basketball. Does this mean $tern is trying to promote the sell of the league's team, or is it because the Hornets are moving and he's trying to close everything out?
For some reason, I'm seeing ALOT of items that are more than CP3's autographed jersey. http://store.nba.com/search/index.jsp?kwCatId=&kw=upper%20deck&origkw=upper%20deck&f=Taxonomy/NBA/2836124&sr=1 Maybe I'm looking at a different NBA online store....or maybe you meant the most expensive Hornet item?
I think it means someone thinks they are worth the most in that segment of the sports memorabilia marketplace. This is called a "False choice." It's a logical fallacy that is obvious to those skilled in argumentation, debate, and oratory.