Game On: Bulls @ Hornets

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Published: February 12, 2011

Matchup: Bulls(35-16) @ Hornets(33-22)

Off Efficiency: Bulls 103.3(18th), Hornets 103,4(17th)
Def Efficiency: Bulls 97.1(1st), Hornets 100.1(5th)

After a tight win on the road in Orlando last night, the Hornets get to return home and take on the up and coming 2000-2001 Philadelphia 76ers.  Err . . wait, I meant Chicago Bulls. 

Okay, maybe the parellels aren’t the exact same.  Rose isn’t quite Allen Iverson in his ball domination, and Carlos Boozer, when he plays, provides a bit more scoring than anyone on that 76ers team – but it’s still a decent analogy.   Why?  Because that 76ers team got by on tough, hard-nosed defense supplemented by a primary, not particularly efficient scorer.  That scorer was lionized and treated like NBA royalty, despite being the equivalent of what I like to call a “Scoring Role-Player”.

This Bulls team is the same.  The star is their defense, which allows them to have a great efficiency margin of +6.2 points per 100 posessions despite a middling offense.  The scoring role-player is Derrick Rose, and the lionization of him has been swift and over the top.

The key point is this game is going to be a defensive bloodbath, and whichever team manages to struggle their way to just a little bit of offense is going to win tonight.

Injuries:

Bulls: Noah remains out.
Hornets: Okafor remains out.

Positional Analysis

PG: Derrick Rose v Chris Paul
Advantage:  Even
Before most of you flip out, we need to address a few things.  I call Derrick Rose a scoring role-player, but that in no way makes him bad.  He’s got a lot of scoring skills and a good enough court vision to make him extra dangerous(and exciting) going towards the hoop.  He excels at putting in points, and he’s explosive.  What’s more, for this contrast, it matters how a player has been playing recently, and Chris Paul has been slower than usual over the past five games and has had trouble staying in front of quick players like Monta Ellis – and Rose – all year.  Yes, I fully expect Paul to run the Hornets better than Rose runs the Bulls, but you have to think about the eventual end-point of that.  Paul will generate regular, wide open shots for Willie Green, Trevor Ariza, David West, and Aaron Gray.  Rose will generate a shot for himself – or run a pick and pop with Carlos Boozer.  Given those sets of finishers, is Paul or Rose more likely to generate more points?  It’s hard to say.

SG: Keith Bogans v Willie Green
Advantage: Hornets
Wow.  It’s not often that Willie Green is more productive than his counterpart, but in this situation he is.  Bogans plays for his tough defense, and I fully expect Willie to not look like he did last night as a result.  Still, Bogans is so abysmal offensively he can only get 17 minutes a game and both Willie Green and Trevor Ariza are more efficient scorers.  Ouch.

SF: Loul Deng v Trevor Ariza
Advantage: Bulls
I’m a big fan of Deng.  His length makes him a great defender, and he’s got enough offensive talent that he will contribute efficiently enough every night.  He’s paid like a star, and he’s not one, but he’s still a good player.  In essence, he’s kinda what I wanted Ariza to be.  Alas, the Hornets forward’s offense consists of bad threes and worse shots at the basket in traffic.

PF: Carlos Boozer v David West
Advantage: Hornets
Usually I give Boozer the advantage over West, but Carlos hasn’t yet figured out his spots in Chicago and his classic efficient scoring hasn’t arrived yet.  As a result, both he and West are about equal as scorers, West tops Boozer as a defender, and that only leaves rebounding.  Looking at the season numbers, Boozer has him, but that’s only if you ignore what West has been doing since Okafor has gone down.  West has picked up the load and been pulling down 13 rebounds over the last five.  Attaboy, Fluffy.

C: Kurt Thomas v Aaron Gray
Advantage: Even
Again.  Wow.  Kurt Thomas has been an undersized center his entire career, getting by on savvy and tricks to make his way in the league and still be a solid contributer.  Though he’s playing better than he did last year, he’s still not what he once was, and though his mid-range shot is still there, his rebounding has crashed and burned.  On the other end, Gray finishes his shots at a high rate, and rebounds like a monster despite his defensive problems.  If he could stop turning the ball over at a bottom-20 worst rate, he’d be a good backup center.  I’m not really holding my breath about that though.

Bench
Kyle Korver, Ronnie Brewer, Taj Gibson, CJ Watson, Omer Asik vs
DJ Mbenga, David Andersen, Jason Smith, Jarrett Jack, Marco Belinelli
Advantage: Bulls
Here’s where the Bulls gain a major advantage over the Hornets.  Other than CJ Watson, this bench is about as solid as they come.  Asik and Gibson are great defenders with moderate scoring ability, as is Ronnie Brewer, who would start for the team if he could shoot from deep.  Kyle Korver is the designated shooter, and has re-found the shooting stroke he misplaced in Utah.  Jack is typically bad against tight defenses, but the Hornets do have some hope that Andersen and Belinelli, who have looked solid off the bench, could mitigate this disadvantage some.  Oh, and maybe Marcus will play and have one of those explosive games he puts together twice monthly.

Again, not holding my breath.  About the explosive game – or the thought he might play.

Enjoy the game!

141 Comments

  1. cro_CP3

    February 12, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    The things I would LOVE, I WOULD REALLY LOVE:
    NOLA WINS
    CP3 owns DROSE
    Gray gets 10 rebounds 10 points and Marcus plays a 15 and 5 game

    GEAUX HORNETS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. AllBall

    February 12, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    CP knows how big a game this is, and you can be sure that he knows about the love the golden child has been recieving. I think he will have a performance similar to the D West buzzer beater OKC game.

  3. MaxJD_Nola2NYC

    February 12, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Dude, you forgot to put thornton as a bench player?! Wtf

    • Ryan Schwan

      February 12, 2011 at 1:05 pm

      Did you see Thornton play last game?

      • BOB

        February 12, 2011 at 1:19 pm

        ryan did u notice that monty tends to bench marcus more on away games then home. And he almost never gets a DNP at home because just putting marcus in for five minutes at home livens the crowd. im willing to guarantee he enters the game.

      • 42

        February 12, 2011 at 4:30 pm

        Marcus is way better at home than on the road. He doesn’t have the mental toughness that he should develop in time.

      • Joe Gerrity

        February 12, 2011 at 6:22 pm

        @Bob- Completely agree. Monty doesn’t want old ladies yelling at him, either.

  4. Stefan

    February 12, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Well, Marcus does play a lot better at home than he does on the road. I would love to see some MT5 tonight, but the last thing I want to see is him taking 12+ shots in 15 minutes.

  5. JCS

    February 12, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    “that 76ers team got by on tough, hard-nosed defense supplemented by a primary, not particularly efficient scorer. That scorer was lionized and treated like NBA royalty, despite being the equivalent of what I like to call a “Scoring Role-Player”.”

    —————————————————————

    You are such a hater, which is the only reason I’m not surprised you wrote this fallacy. Now for a moment, forget that fact that I’m from Chicago and love the Bulls just as much as I do the Hornets, and recognize that for this season, Rose’s leadership has surpassed CP3’s, and the Bulls record in the Western Conference is proof. I like Derrick Rose, but he is not one of or my overall favorite players – CP3 is. Both of them are top 5 PER guards, but it is clear that one has done better this season when it was time for the Captain to step up. I’m not writing this as a testament as who I want to win this game. It’s just that stats don’t lie. I’m not talking about being 7 feet tall and grabbing uncontested rebounds as being “monstrous.” I’m talking talking getting them when they count – no inflation necessary.

    • AllBall

      February 12, 2011 at 2:26 pm

      There are a lot more factors that come into play when talking about Chicago’s record VS the West. Chicago has had one of the easiest schedules in the L so far. The 3rd easiest, to be precise. New Orleans have had the 4th toughest schedule, so far.

    • AgentZiko

      February 12, 2011 at 2:27 pm

      Rose’s leadership has surpassed CP? Sorry bud. No way. I’m gonna copy and paste what I wrote previously regarding D Rose:

      I can’t stand D Rose. He shoots more than Kobe did in his hay days. The other night I saw him go 11-26 for 29 points, and 7 assists, and the announcers just RAVED about him.

      The guy shoots SOOO much, and doesn’t even do it efficiently. His PER is only 22.99. CP’s is 25.27. Yet Derrick Rose is getting SOOO much attention this season. Why? Because he plays in Chicago.

      This same thing happened with Rondo to start the season. Everyone started thinking he’s the best PG in the league. NO WAY. He was getting those assists because he was SUPPOSED to. He’s got 4 hall of famers on the freaking team, and a deep supporting cast. CP would average 20 assists if he played for Boston.

      But people don’t get this stuff. There are so many bandwagoners. For them it accumulates to “what have you done for me lately?”

    • sportnlife

      February 12, 2011 at 6:26 pm

      I really like and admire Rose this season, with all the injury problems on his team. he’s stepped up and deserves a place in the limelight.

      But, seriously, the hype on him is really the result of a big market media promotion that the national media have been all too happy to join in the hype.

      Mind you, I have no problem with Rose’s game, per se. It is what it is, and he wins with it. Other people, purists of the PER, can argue the “efficiency” question, and why that should be the end-all, be-all of basketball stats.

      What jumps out at me though is beyond the fact that Ryan thinks nearly every other position besides PG is a Bulls advantage, so he has a better cast around him, take a look at Rose’s division. The next best team is the sub-500 Pacers at 23-28. Well that win percentage happens to be LOWER than the WORST team in the Hornets division, an injury-plagued Houston at 25-29.

      How much better would Chris Paul look if he were playing against that kind of division, instead of SA, Dallas, and Memphis, two of the best teams in the league?

      • JCS

        February 12, 2011 at 7:13 pm

        So what? They play for who they play for, and the Bulls have racked up W’s in the WC despite their better players being on the DL.

      • QueenBee

        February 12, 2011 at 10:01 pm

        “How much better would Chris Paul look if he were playing against that kind of division, instead of SA, Dallas, and Memphis, two of the best teams in the league”

        Rose would be tearing that division up just like he’s doing every other division in this league. Heck, he’s going to be MVP this season AND next.

      • QueenBee

        February 12, 2011 at 10:25 pm

        I recently saw someone on ESPN.com say that people need to stop acting like Rose is doing it alone when Boozer and he named 2 other Bulls players, I just can’t remember which 2. I don’t know if it was Boozer/Deng and can’t remember who else but it was players that help the Bulls win games and he said these players have played 4000 minutes and people need to stop acting like Rose is doing it alone. Yeah, Noah has been out but Boozer hasn’t missed all THAT much time and Deng is still better than any SF the Hornets have. This is the same thing Jazz fans did. Didn’t give Boozer or AK47 credit because they wanted to give it all to Deron. But maybe Derrick is doing it all alone. Props to him then.

  6. Hornet

    February 12, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    I think Marcus didn’t play since Belinelli played well against the Nets.. I expect him to play tonight especially if we get down by 10 or so and it starts to look like the Memphis game.

    • madtown27

      February 12, 2011 at 2:52 pm

      That is a problem, he always comes in when were down I wonder what his minutes are when we have the lead.

      • Monty'sDoghouse

        February 12, 2011 at 4:27 pm

        I think in part that is a problem with Marcus’ inconsistencies. No other person on this team sees the amount of playing time that this kid does when the s*** is hitting the fan. The odd part is that Monty seems to know that Marcus is a game changer, yet refuses to give him the minutes of one.

  7. JaeAmazin

    February 12, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Dude DRose Will never be the Leader that CP is..He’s Too Quiet..And as far as him outplaying CP this year..That’s a good Statement but People tend to forget..The dude is playing on 1 leg..And @Ryan: Did you just disrespect a NBA Great and call Allen Iverson a “Scoring Role Player”!??..Give Props where props are due Man..And at 5’10 That man was WAYY more than that

    On another Note..2 in a Row Tonight!!..CP will show everyone who’s The Fuckin Man

  8. Superpunchout

    February 12, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    DRose’s too fast, too strong. Chris Paul’s garbage like Rondo. Respect to D-Will. DA BULLZ!

    • Go Blue

      February 12, 2011 at 6:59 pm

      lol?

  9. cro_CP3

    February 12, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Yea, AI was amazing…I really liked AI…

    CP3 more efficient than Rose, CP3 better playmaker…
    Rose better scorer and flashier…

    NUFF SAID…

  10. HiMyNameisSteven

    February 12, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Ryan- i do not hold deng so highly. He has a solid mid range game but is very very streaky from range, refuses to really attack the hoop and creates for his teammates less than marcus does. I think other teams will agree with me that they dont hold deng so highly as chicago has tried using him as a trade chip but no one wants him (partly due to his big contract). he is still pretty young and if teams thought he had more potential im sure he would not be on the bulls at this point in time. my opinion is he is solid but to be honest i wouldnt give him much of an edge over ariza just slightly, ariza is a much much much better defender

    • L_REAZY

      February 12, 2011 at 4:57 pm

      I agree,

      Deng and Ariza are evenly matched!

      L_REAZY

  11. paul

    February 12, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Well, first I agree that the praise of Rose has been over the top.
    He has some slow moments.
    Howver, this time I would not make it even.
    At the game last night in Orlando, even the locals around me were discussing loudly enough for me to hear Paul’s sudden slowness.
    They remarked about his late inability to cut sideways and even his drives to the basket were far and few.
    We all agree….something is not right with Paul right now.

    Thedifference tonight, Andersen and Smith.
    Both of which made me proud during the game last night, but Andersen really had the locals in blue hair really crying.

    • madtown27

      February 12, 2011 at 2:54 pm

      Smith? Really

      • paul

        February 12, 2011 at 5:58 pm

        Ya, I know..sound dumb to many.
        But at the game last night, I saw a Smith I can get behind. The guy has no fear of Howard.
        Last night, because I was on the floor right under the basket, it was exciting to watch Smith, and yes Gray, push into Hward.
        Howard was pissed.
        He threw Smith to the floor.
        When he fouled Smith one time, you cold hear him talking to Smith out of the corner of his mouth and Smith kind of looks back and gives him the F You look.
        Ya, I gotta like that in a player.
        Never being one for SuperMan and his self love, I just have to root for guys that play big.

  12. GecGreek

    February 12, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    no chat 🙁 ?

  13. Calabrone Viola

    February 12, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…
    Geaux Hornets, sting the Bulls!!!

  14. Adocarbog

    February 12, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    If someone gave you a chance to trade Paul for Rose would you do it. Of course you would. No contest there. In fact only LeBron compares in value, but unlike Rose he is a jackass.

    • RobertM320

      February 12, 2011 at 5:51 pm

      Not a chance. Rose may have more upside, but he would not be the fit for the Hornets that CP3 is.

  15. MaxALM

    February 12, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Rose isn’t the 2nd coming of MJ but you can’t just relegate him to a “scoring role-player”. What is that? Cmon man. He’s pretty goddamn dynamic. Their defense is no question great but he’s carried a HUGE load for that team since he was drafted. He’s easily a top 6 point guard right now.

  16. NolaHog

    February 12, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    I was debating on whether or not to let my friend go with me to the game tonight. He’s a Bulls fan, and the last time I took him to a Bulls-Hornets game, Chris Paul blew out his knee. I decided to take him again on the off chance that Derrick Rose blows out his knee. . . and then we’ll be even.

    • 42

      February 12, 2011 at 4:36 pm

      I’m dragging a Bulls fan too.

      I never do that for Saints games. Never.

  17. Monty'sDoghouse

    February 12, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    If anyone would like 3 free tickets to tonight’s game. Please respond to this by 5:30 PM CST. You will have to meet me at the Discount Zone at Clearview and West Metairie. Tickets are Balcony Row 2. Only Hornets fans need apply! Thanks.

    • QueenBee

      February 12, 2011 at 5:17 pm

      Are they still available?

      • QueenBee

        February 12, 2011 at 5:19 pm

        You’re giving them away?

      • QueenBee

        February 12, 2011 at 5:20 pm

        Nevermind. I just went back and read and saw the word ‘free’. LOL.

    • Monty'sDoghouse

      February 12, 2011 at 6:38 pm

      Chung got them QueenBee. Sorry.

      He was a nice guy. Was worried I’d find a scalper =)

      • QueenBee

        February 12, 2011 at 7:12 pm

        Great. At least someone who can use them got them. 🙂

  18. Rocco

    February 12, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Marco is off to the bench. Inconsistent, timid play on offense has eroded his efficiency the past several games. He still seems scared to shoot. Green showed courage and confidence in his offense against Orlando, after missing his first two attempts, he continued to shoot and didn’t shy away from his game. Good for him. Beli lacks that confidence, and with his minutes diminished, I suspect that will only get worse. He’s still the team’s best threat from the three point arc. He’s second in precentage to CP3 and has by far the most maid three-pointers. This season he’s received a solid opportunity to play, at times I thought he had turned the corner, but that doesn’t appear to be the case now. I’m hoping he can be the efficient scorer as a volume shooter next season… in the Italian league.

  19. Monty'sDoghouse

    February 12, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    I expect this game to be close.

    • QueenBee

      February 12, 2011 at 5:21 pm

      The Hornets don’t know how to play any other way. LOL! Seems all of their games are heart attack inducing.

  20. James Grayson

    February 12, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    All this bickering about Marcus Thornton time, I want to see some Marcus Banks time. You folks have got the wrong player!

    • 42

      February 12, 2011 at 4:34 pm

      Money in the Banks!

  21. QueenBee

    February 12, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Rose is more explosive and more athletic than Chris Paul. That is all.

    GEAUX HORNETS!!

  22. QueenBee

    February 12, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    I would never say Rose isn’t good. He’s really good. He can jump out of the gym. He doesn’t yet have the BBIQ and leadership of a CP3 though. But yeah, he’s really good.

  23. Nicholas Jennings

    February 12, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Exactly how bad of a player is Marcus Banks that Dell told him to not even show up? He has a $4mill contract. Someone at some point thought he was good. He was good at UNLV. Fast, decent defender. Horrible from 3 but a decent shooter inside the arc.

  24. paul

    February 12, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Probably out of line here.
    Many sports people think athletes can and should do what they can to get where they want to be..but I don’t.
    In fact, if I could, I would get into a whole big rant about athletes getting into college with scores not allowed for non athletes.

    However, Rose cheated in college testsing.
    I do not accept cheating, and I don’t care who the hell you are.
    I simply cannot see Paul doing such.
    In fact, I think Paul is the exact opposite type.
    I think he is smart and this shows in his BBIQ. I think smart is smart is smart.
    I spent the early Rose years as a Bulls fa and aI swear, I didn’t know what in hell he was talking about when he did interviews.

    Ya, so hit me for this…but I think being smart shows in all parts of your life.
    He’s a sweet guy, seems to me.
    But not so sure he’s the leader of an NBA team.
    Not sure he is THE leader on the Bulls.
    Noah is a force as well as Boozer. But Rose to me is not. Haven’t seen their games religiously like I used to, so perhaps I am wrong and he has grown into such a floor leader, but I would really be surprised.

    • QueenBee

      February 12, 2011 at 6:32 pm

      CP had a dumb mistake in college too. Hitting a guy in the junk. That was the only non smart think I can remember CP doing in college. He probably should’ve not tried to be sneaky with it though and just should’ve punch Hodges in the mouth. LOL!

  25. MaxJD_Nola2NYC

    February 12, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    I feel a win coming tonight!!!

  26. HiMyNameisSteven

    February 12, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    id take westbrook over rose to start my franchise

    • HiMyNameisSteven

      February 12, 2011 at 6:45 pm

      although its close… i just think westbrook has a better burst and quicker first step and is already a better jump shooter in my opinion

    • f.g. di bene

      February 12, 2011 at 6:46 pm

      i’d take cp3. even the actual hurt cp3.

      • HiMyNameisSteven

        February 12, 2011 at 7:07 pm

        well id take chris also just saying i am not sold on rose being the second coming

  27. QueenBee

    February 12, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Hornets will need to guard the 3pt line when Korver is out there on the floor.

    • JCS

      February 12, 2011 at 7:15 pm

      And Rose. I know you hate him, but he improved his range just like CP.

      • QueenBee

        February 12, 2011 at 7:22 pm

        It ain’t like Korvers though. If you ask anyone in the world that knows both of these players which one is the bigger threat behind the 3pt line Rose or Korver do you think they’d say Rose? Come on now. And nobody hates Rose. Why would I hate him?

      • JCS

        February 12, 2011 at 7:30 pm

        I didn’t say Rose was better than Korver, I said they are both threats. And as long as I’ve known you on this blog, you never seemed to care or respect players from opposing teams.

      • QueenBee

        February 12, 2011 at 9:51 pm

        Well you haven’t known me for long then. 🙂

        Didn’t I say earlier that Rose was good? Didn’t I say that? Just because I’m not crowning him the way you are doesn’t mean I don’t think he’s not good. I always give credit to opposing players. I’ve said before when Boozer was in Utah that I’ve wondered how it would be if Paul had Boozer instead of West. I said that because I’ve always thought Boozer to be the better player. I’m not crowning Rose. Sorry.

      • JCS

        February 12, 2011 at 10:27 pm

        You sound like Dennis Green talking about Chicago:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_N1OjGhIFc

  28. QueenBee

    February 12, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Gil said Rose is a ‘points guard’. Haha.

  29. QueenBee

    February 12, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    2 fouls on Gray. SMH.

  30. QueenBee

    February 12, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    “One call, that’s all”.

  31. QueenBee

    February 12, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Gotta go for a while till probably after halftime. Have fun.

  32. JCS

    February 12, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Mr. Smith swatted that like a fly.

  33. mbdtf

    February 12, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Rose looking solid. 1-7 from the field.

  34. Monty'sDoghouse

    February 12, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Nice to see Marcus playing well on both ends of the floor. I got worried after those first 2 misses. That boxout on Asik was champ.

  35. Forever504

    February 12, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    the rim is being great to us tonight hahahaha

  36. mbdtf

    February 12, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    MT5!!!!!!!!!!

  37. lancebrou68

    February 12, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    oh my marcus thornton lol

  38. JCS

    February 12, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    The Golden Calf is doing what he does best – score

    • Monty'sDoghouse

      February 12, 2011 at 8:17 pm

      Don’t forget playing excellent defense and rebounding please. He’s earned every point of his +13.

      • JCS

        February 12, 2011 at 8:22 pm

        The Hornets defense has forced a lot of turnovers and altered almost every shot.

      • QueenBee

        February 12, 2011 at 10:09 pm

        Are those Rose’s Adidas in your avy?

      • JCS

        February 12, 2011 at 10:23 pm

        Jordan 13’s

  39. JayRey

    February 12, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Great half by the Hornets 😀

    • GecGreek

      February 12, 2011 at 8:27 pm

      that means hornets’ third quarter gonna be horrible. Hornets always play the exact opposite way in the third

  40. seb

    February 12, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    A very well played half for the hornets. We need to keep this pace up. CP3 playing well, DWest hitting difficult shots, and MT5 doing what we all know he is capable of doing, play offense and defense!

    GEAUX BEES!!!

  41. Monty'sDoghouse

    February 12, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    WHAT THE F*** IS BELINELLI DOING IN THE GAME!? ARE YOU SERIOUS!?

    • QueenBee

      February 12, 2011 at 10:10 pm

      LOL!

  42. Forever504

    February 12, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    got damn guys lead blown

  43. mbdtf

    February 12, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    MAKE FREE THROWS LIKE THEM

  44. Uptown sammy

    February 12, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    THE MARCUS!!!!!!!!!!

  45. 42

    February 12, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    42 just renewed his tickets.

  46. mbdtf

    February 12, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    We would be dominating if we could make some easy free throws.

  47. mbdtf

    February 12, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    The easiest way to lose a lead is to get to the line and miss constantly…

    There is no reason that we should miss 11 free throws through 3 quarters.

  48. mbdtf

    February 12, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Rose starts the 4th. Paul doesn’t. Bulls take the lead.

    • QueenBee

      February 12, 2011 at 9:39 pm

      That hurts 95% of the time. Monty always does that. Monty seems to keep Hornets starters on the bench when the opposing teams have 1 or 2 of their starters in.

  49. PeeDee

    February 12, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    i miss okafor 🙁

  50. mbdtf

    February 12, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Gotta love Marcus

  51. Forever504

    February 12, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    WTF ref that was a walk

  52. Forever504

    February 12, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    if we lose it will be because of those 11 missed free throws

    • GecGreek

      February 12, 2011 at 9:22 pm

      rebounding margin?

  53. L_REAZY

    February 12, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Belinelli, Smith, Andersen, & Banks = trade bait for Jamison!

    Inconsistent man look at their stat line. The only thing consistent about their stat line is that it looks similiar to the other’s!

    L_REAZY

  54. PeeDee

    February 12, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    who taught David West how to box out?

    • QueenBee

      February 12, 2011 at 10:09 pm

      Nobody? 😕

  55. JayRey

    February 12, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    “The value of Trevor Ariza” so true !!!! If WG is not doing anything special in the next min bring MT back!!

  56. L_REAZY

    February 12, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Where is the leadership out here for the Hornets … c’mon!

    L_REAZY

  57. JCS

    February 12, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Near the end of the 4th quarter, Hornets down 5 – this would be a superb time for CP3 to step up. Umjussayin…

  58. L_REAZY

    February 12, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Injured or not … CP3 let’s GO man!!!

    L_REAZY

  59. HiMyNameisSteven

    February 12, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    very confused why marcus is not in the game

    • HiMyNameisSteven

      February 12, 2011 at 9:29 pm

      thank god

      • HiMyNameisSteven

        February 12, 2011 at 9:29 pm

        now dammit lol

  60. GecGreek

    February 12, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    willie with his usual stupid-and-destroing-momentum-bad-shot. Last game he wins the game with a shot like that, today it was usual Willie Green

  61. Forever504

    February 12, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    if chris is really not 100% maybe he should take the all star game off

    • QueenBee

      February 12, 2011 at 9:41 pm

      Are those 2 days going to make him 100%? Do players play half as hard in the ASG as in a regular game? Can he hurt himself in the next game just as he could in the ASG?

      • QueenBee

        February 12, 2011 at 10:14 pm

        Maybe he should give his spot to Nash right?

  62. mbdtf

    February 12, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    13 missed free throws…

  63. Monty'sDoghouse

    February 12, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Wow. Can’t believe we lost.

  64. QueenBee

    February 12, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    33-23. SMH.

  65. L_REAZY

    February 12, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    wow … a game that was winnable. CP3 sort of let me down tonight, and he really can’t get mad at:
    (1) Steve Nash
    (2) Deron Williams
    (3) Derrick Rose
    (4) Russell Westbrook
    (5) Rajon Rondo
    (6) Chris Paul …
    … Injured or not prove us wrong Chris if you disagree!!!

    L_REAZY

    • GecGreek

      February 12, 2011 at 9:37 pm

      you forget the defensive side, CP3 is best-defensive pg in the league imho.. Offensivly, i agree with that ranking right now

      • QueenBee

        February 12, 2011 at 9:57 pm

        No, CP3 isn’t the best anything in the league. Give that offensive title to Rose. Time to crown Rose now. I was going to say Rondo on defense but let’s give it to Rose.

    • QueenBee

      February 12, 2011 at 9:44 pm

      But we’ve been came to the conclusion that CP is no longer as good as those guys so why does he have to prove anything? We’ve already come to the conclusion but for some reason you guys keep looking for 07-08 CP3. Your’e just setting yourself up for disappointment. CP is on the tier with Steph Curry, Darren Collison and Mike Bibby.

      • QueenBee

        February 12, 2011 at 9:53 pm

        Why the hell would CP3 be mad at other point guards? LOL.

      • L_REAZY

        February 12, 2011 at 10:38 pm

        I wasn’t saying “don’t be mad at the other PGs” … I was saying that he really “…can’t be mad at the ranking!”

        He gets offended when people tell him that he isn’t the best Point guard in the league anymore. He has to play like it in order to earn that title.

        L_REAZY

    • QueenBee

      February 12, 2011 at 10:18 pm

      You should change the ranking to:

      1) Rose
      2) Williams
      3) Nash
      4) Westbrook
      5) Rondo
      6) Felton
      7) Parker
      8) Wall
      9) Evans
      10) Paul

      Now that sir is a list.

      • JCS

        February 12, 2011 at 10:51 pm

        You’re delirious.

  66. QueenBee

    February 12, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Hornets left way too many points at the ft line tonight. I haven’t checked but is Ariza a 50% ft shooter? Because he always misses 1 of 2.

    • mbdtf

      February 12, 2011 at 9:37 pm

      I think more like 70ish, but yeah free throw shooting was atrocious tonight. The Bulls, on the other hand, only missed 1.

      • QueenBee

        February 12, 2011 at 9:46 pm

        I mean I can probably put money on him missing at least 1 of 2. But other guys missed tonight too. You make your free throws you win this game. Even with CP3 not playing all that great. Make your free throws and you win this game.

  67. QueenBee

    February 12, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    40% shooting, 66% ft shooting. Nope. Not gonna cut it.

  68. Forever504

    February 12, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    there is no way in hell a back up 2 has the same number of rebounds as your center

  69. Hornet

    February 12, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Chicago’s D was amazing. Give credit to them. Without Mek we couldn’t get any second chances so not surprising we scored a low amount of points. Move on to the next one.

    • QueenBee

      February 12, 2011 at 10:02 pm

      “Chicago’s D was amazing. Give credit to them.”

      Credit to Chicago. They have the best defensive pg in the league. Credit.

  70. Monty'sDoghouse

    February 12, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    I’m gonna say it. Monty’s dumb*** decision to put in Marco in the 3rd quarter probably cost us this game.

    How Marcus has that first half and is still the 3rd SG in the 2nd, I really have no clue. SMH.

    • GecGreek

      February 12, 2011 at 10:09 pm

      that was a bad decision, not to put Marcus in, but didn’t cost us the game. We lost the game because right now they are a better team.. Their bigs are too good compared to our subs, they played great D and get some offense going thanks to that D. They didn’t miss their FT. So IMHO they showed they are a better team right now..
      But give us ‘Mek and a little more offensivly from CP3 and we will see. I know that they haven’t Noah, but Kurt Thomas+Asik+Gibson >>>>>>>>>>>> our sub bigs. Expecially when their guards and their SF are bigger then ours.

  71. QueenBee

    February 12, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Marcus had it going tonight. But of course when I thought he should be in the game, he wasn’t. I’ve said before that Monty still doesn’t know how to ride his hot hand.

    • Monty'sDoghouse

      February 12, 2011 at 9:48 pm

      NONO. Not “doesn’t know”. More like “belligerently unaware”.

      • QueenBee

        February 12, 2011 at 9:54 pm

        Yeah, you’re right.

  72. QueenBee

    February 12, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Anybody have any idea if Demps will make a move in the next 2 weeks?

    How much will it mess with chemistry? Is there even any chemistry to mess up? LOL!

  73. L_REAZY

    February 12, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    ‘QueenBee’ …

    I wasn’t saying that Chris Paul shouldn’t “…be mad at the other PGs” … I was saying that he really “…can’t be mad at the ranking of (1) Steve Nash, (2) Deron Williams, (3) Derrick Rose, (4) Russell Westbrook, (5) Rajon Rondo, and then (6) Chris Paul …!”

    He gets offended when people tell him that he isn’t the best Point guard in the league anymore. He has to play like it in order to earn that title.

    L_REAZY

  74. Adocarbog

    February 12, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Hornets held to 35 pts in the second half by Bulls league top defense.
    Rose wins the PG battle just like he did last game v. D-Will.
    Good first half by Hornets.

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