The Raptors beat the Hornets

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Published: March 1, 2011

Final Score: 96-90 Raptors (Box Score)

You thought I was kidding in the game preview didn’t you?  Jose Calderon really does get up to play Chris Paul.  Two years ago, they got into it in two seperate games, and from then on, Calderon simply goes after him.  I bet if you ask any Raptor fan tonight, they’ll tell you they haven’t seen Calderon that involved in a game all season.

Now, that said, I’m not going to be a broken record.  We’ve all seen Paul the last month.  This isn’t a mentality thing.  I’m not going to say any more about it, it’s too depressing.

Anyways, the first two quarters the Raptors kept their spacing, and their guards used it to flash to midrange and knock down jumpers or cut and catch Willie without any help defenders.  They were hitting everything, and our guys weren’t doing much to make them uncomfortable.  In fact the defensive energy started really low, which was pretty disappointing to see on the first night of a back to back.  Sure, the defense ratcheted up in the third, resulting in a ton of missed jumpers by the Raptors, but it was way too late and it wasn’t enough to counter the terrible things happening on the other end of the court.

Because . . . our starting five’s offense?  It looked horrendeous.  Paul wasn’t able to penetrate, Willie and Ariza weren’t generating much of anything, West and Okafor kept getting met at the rim and getting nothing out of it, and, again, the fourth quarter execution fizzled.  I weep for what once was.

The Three Amigos

The only reason that game wasn’t a blowout was the new bench mob of Landry, Belinelli and Jack.  They were aggressive, effective, and pounded that weak Raptor defense for 47 points.  Jack got into the paint at will, Belinelli finally caught fire in the second half, and Landry – Landry is a flat-out beast.   Once the starters get back on track, we might have something here.

Other Observations:

  • We have the answer to the game preview.  The Raptors like to give fouls – the Hornets managed to avoid earning any.
  • West had a nice game despite the way Amir rode him on his way to the basket.
  • Okafor, Okafor, wherefore art thou, Okafor?
  • I was hoping they’d play Bayless longer.  That’s a trade I don’t regret one iota.

I don’t have much else I want to say.  Annoying loss.  I’m just glad they made it respectable in the end – and Monty was willing to ride his bench players for pretty big minutes.

(Oh, and should I mention I predicted this loss in the podcast?  Would that get me lynched?)

24 comments
Uptown sammy
Uptown sammy

conspiracy theory time Will CP play more clippers game CP (attacking, cutting)or crappy tired CP for the new York audience? Does he play up for national tv and big games like the Knicks game will be?

Dontae
Dontae

It's funny how so many of you supposed fans are giving up on the best player on the team. No wonder he wants to go to the Knicks. I can't blame him. It's sad to see people give up on a guy like Chris Paul.

L_REAZY
L_REAZY

Ok, well I'll pose a few different arguments based on a statement CP3 used to make when people told him that he made Tyson Chandler so much better. "...Tyson Chandler helps [CP3's] game so much." Is Tyson Chandler the real reason why CP3 was so successful in those few years at MVP form? Was the game that easy for CP3 throwing up lobs left and right that he was destine to look great? Can CP3 really make anyone better or does the individual need to be a certain type of player? Is CP3 really an average point guard without real talent around him? L_REAZY

edbballin504
edbballin504

Michael McNamara, the Hornets didnt come back as I predicted. But, I still was able to find a video of me playing ball. Like I said in the chat, its old. I am 26 now, in the video I might have been 17. LoL. I am the guy that makes the 1st shot then does the little dance (among other shots and moves later), white t shirt and red shorts. http://www.streetfire.net/video/we-playin-bball-brah_40644.htm

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Sweet! Nice share, edbdancin504

edbballin504
edbballin504

LMAO@ Edbdancin!

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42

You set me up, I'll knock it down. And those moves were quite the dish . . .

NOLA ALL DAY
NOLA ALL DAY

Welll the Hornets are def a depressing team to watch. To see them have 2 streaks like they did and look like the best team in the league was so fun. And then to see them go into slumps like no other team has and lose to horrible teams is justttt, i really cant even explain it, depressing doesnt cover it all. IF we make the playoffs as a 6th to 8th seed, were lookin at spurs, dallas, lakers, or thunder. God help us. Honestly this team isnt very talented as far as players go, but if everyone sticks together and CP rallies the troops then were capable of doing more then anyone can imagine. It would take upsets throughout the entire playoffs. But everything comes down to if we reallyyyy WANT it. Us Hornets fans have been through so much and now with CP close to being a free agent, it could get ugly. But can you imagine what it would feel like to win it all? I could die a happy man. All the speculation, trades, games, everything would have been worth talking about cus we did it. but we will see how the team responds, its all mental, even with us fans, were all sick of our team now, but were all in it together in the end.

Taquito
Taquito

I refuse to believe that Paul has quit, but it sure looks like it

JUSTAFAN
JUSTAFAN

It was a joke, kind of like like Montys coaching ability.

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42

So how did we go on 2 8+winning streaks this season?

JUSTAFAN
JUSTAFAN

Playoffs!!!!!!!!!!! Are you kidding me? We will be lucky to win 1/3 of the games for the rest of the season. Sac. has a better chance of making the playoffs with the blockbuster trade they made for Thornton.

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This is an over-reaction. Even if we won 1/3 of our games only, we still be be ahead of Phoenix if they only win about half of theirs. And your Sacramento claim is quickly becoming a mathematical impossibility. Everyone: Please use reason. No one likes losing, but there's a way to handle it. JUSTAFAN's near-baseless post is not it.

Dontae
Dontae

Thank you. Please talk some since into these people. To tell you the truth I want to see the Spurs in the first round. I feel that's a team we have the best chance at beating.

Ryan Schwan
Ryan Schwan

Name one spectacular play he made in the All-Star game. All he did was jog up and down the court, then throw the ball to the guys running next to him. To even pretend what was done there was impressive is just silly. Next, name the last time you saw him explode anywhere. The last time you saw him spin a guy around on a fast break. The last time you saw him BEAT someone down the floor on a fast break. Name the last time you saw him post up at the elbow, spin and score before someone could close on him. You can't, because when he tries those things, he doesn't explode. He gets cut off. He ends up running past the basket because the bigs have shut any shot he can get down. He's in terrible shape - and yes, it's affecting him mentally. Not exactly a surprising result, is it?

Kanye East
Kanye East

We're screwed. Chris Paul is hurt. The league doesnt seem to know it yet. And, we have nowhere to eventually trade him and get any type of decent return. Thanks Kevin O'Connor!!!

JCS
JCS

No one man should have all that power.

darrel
darrel

We all throught he is not another baron davis it look like we were wrong. this slump might be his worse in carreer. help us i dont want be celevland in 2 years.

Dan Dicaku
Dan Dicaku

CP is AWOL. No heart, no fire, no leadership. I dont think its an injury (he looked fine in the all star game and also has random games where he looks like the old CP.) As a fan, it is painful to watch a player you love seemingly GIVE UP on the team. If he wants to be elsewhere, ship him elsewhere while we can get something in return. I worry that if we wait too long, the rest of the league will realize he isnt what he used to be. Trade him, get a solid scoring 2 and other pieces and Ill take Jack, Okafor, West (or Landry next year), the new 2, and Ariza any day. How many times have we lost games this year and then looked at CP as the main reason? I am sick of him taking the blame in the locker room. Why doesnt he try and remedy things ON THE COURT. He says all he cares about is playing for a "contender." Well, if he would play well this team would very much be in contention. I dont think any team in the league can contend when their pg puts up 7 and 5 while letting Calderon go for 20 and 17.

nikkoewan
nikkoewan

its depressing to watch CP3 right now. But i'm not bailing out on him. I'm giving him until next year to sort out his knee issues(either physical or mental). Until then? I'm gonna root for him because our team will go as far as he will take us with his knee issues. If that means the playoffs, or 2nd round then so be it. GEAUX HORNETS

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Dontae and others have brought up the reasonable possibility of him adjusting with the knee brace. Like it or not, it may have be both helping stabilize things in the knee and giving him a secure feeling. Removing that could mean his quad is re-developing, (nonexclusive) or that he's sensitive about his knee.

MaxJD_Nola2NYC
MaxJD_Nola2NYC

As I said earlier I'm going to be at the game vs the knicks and I will be the only dumbass with a CP3 jersey smh.. I hope we only lose by 20pts but that's highly unlikely.. We most likely lose tomorrow by 30pts if cp sits back.. He has a history of sitting back at the Garden.. I remember the days of nate robinson and cp3 backing down and dumbass al harrington shuting the hornets down.. And now Melo mannn we are in for it :(

mbdtf
mbdtf

All of our starters had -’s in the +/- category. Conversely, all of our bench had +’s. Our starters were outscored 74-41 by the Raptors. That’s absolutely terrible. Tomorrow, if the Hornets and Paul play like they did tonight, I’m predicting a 40 point loss and a career high from Billups.

M
M

No game is a sure win with the way Paul is playing. The Hornets could go 0-5 on this road trip and it won't surprise me at all.