Game On: Hornets @ Cavaliers

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Published: March 6, 2011

Matchup: Hornets(36-28) @ Cavaliers(12-49)

Off Efficiency: Hornets 103.5(18th), Cavaliers 99.5(28th)
Def Efficiency: Hornets 100.8(6th), Cavaliers 110.2(30th)

Since the epic 26-game losing streak the Cavaliers have gotten some of their injured players back and managed to return closer to what we saw from them the first 17 games of the season: Near .500 ball.  Honestly, I’ve always felt that is a much more realistic evaluation of their talent.  As much of a stars league as this is, LeBron James isn’t actually worth 40 wins over the course of a season.  25?  Sure.  40? No.

So the lesson is not to take the team lightly.  They aren’t starting replacement level talent anymore.  It’s not brilliant talent by any means, but it’s been good enough to earn wins over the Lakers and Knicks(twice) over the past couple weeks.

As for the Hornets, it’s actually been somewhat bizarre how steady their offense has been.  They’ve been sitting at 103.5 points per 100 posessions for about three weeks now without it moving at all.  Now, this late in the season, it usually doesn’t shift that much, but usually it shifts SOME. Defensively, the Hornets have slipped, and that continues to be their primary issue.  If that defense is operating at full strength, the offense can sputter a little and still be enough.  If it continues the way it has the past three weeks, the Hornets lose.

Injuries:

Cavaliers: Semih Erden is out. Boobie Gibson is out.  Antawn Jamison is out.
Hornets: Ariza is out.  West is questionable. I will run this preview as if Landry is starting.

Positional Analysis

PG: Ramon Sessions v Chris Paul
Advantage: Hornets
Ramon Sessions is the best player in Cleveland, and he’s very strong on the pick and roll.  If Paul doesn’t keep up the energy he displayed in Memphis,  Sessions is going to wreck the Hornets at the point of attack.  While you’ll look at sessions and not see the most tremendous shooting percentages, all you need to see is that he draws almost 6 free throws a game, and hits them at a high rate.  That’s one of the higest rates for Point Guards in the league, and its makes him trouble.

SG: Anthony Parker v Marco Belinelli
Advantage:  Even
Parker is a nice shooter, but he’s gotten old and the rest of his game is no longer as strong as it once was.  He’ll still give the Cavaliers a few savvy passes for easy buckets, and probably draw a charge, but Belinelli should be able to play him to a standstill.  If the Belinelli we’ve seen the past few games shows us (consistency is always a question) then this position swings in our favor.
 
SF: Alonzo Gee v Quincy Pondexter
Advantage: Cavaliers
Neither produces near anything, and play because they don’t make totally stupid mistakes defensively.  Gee has at least proven he can hit his three point shooting.  Pondexter . . . well, honestly, he hasn’t shown anything consistently, yet.

PF: Samardo Samuels v Carl Landry
Advantage: Hornets
If you haven’t heard of Samardo, don’t feel bad.  He’s only played 25 games for the Cavaliers this year, but gets the nod as Jamison is out for 5-7 weeks after surgery.  He’s an energy guy who likes to mix it up for rebounds, but is only moderately successful at it.  Landry should be able to beast him for easy points in the paint.

C: JJ Hickson v Emeka Okafor
Advantage: Hornets
JJ was the hang-up for the Cavaliers trading for Amare Stoudemire.  As always, people overrate their own players.  JJ is a nice rebounder, a solid finisher on the pick and roll, and has a very low Basketball IQ, getting out of position consistently.  Expect a nice block or two, and a few dunks, but Emeka should be able to handle his business and as long as JJ can’t feed off an explosive Sessions attack the Hornets should take this matchup.

Bench
Baron Davis, Luke Harangody, Christian Eyenga, Ryan Hollins, Manny Harris v
Aaron Gray, Jason Smith, Willie Green, Jarrett Jack
Advantage: Even

With the Hornets missing their primary big man, the again will give up any advantages they had in the paint off the bench.  Harangody has been shooting lights out as a Cavalier, and Hollins is active, if somewhat inept.  Baron Davis also played his first game as a Cavalier against the Knicks, and ran the offense well – even if he did jack up too many shots.  Like he always does.

Let’s hope the energy stays high and the Hornets don’t take this team lightly.  Enjoy the game!

106 Comments

  1. Kevin

    March 6, 2011 at 11:41 am

    I’ll be in the building!

    • StatusCP3

      March 6, 2011 at 12:00 pm

      Me too bro. Go Hornets!!

  2. f.g. di bene

    March 6, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    no chat tonight? 🙁

  3. cro_CP3

    March 6, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    CP3&Landry this one is all yours…

  4. Ben

    March 6, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    I’m confident the Hornets can win this game of course, though I think that Baron Davis could be an x-factor that puts a wrench in the works.

    • mbdtf

      March 6, 2011 at 6:30 pm

      Good call about BD.

  5. paul

    March 6, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Thanks for remembering Gray on the bench.

    I guess my only disagreement is QP.
    I think he has shown to be a nice addition and possible steady addition.
    And I guess my greement is QP.
    He has not realy gone over the top showing anything…yet.

    Ya…very confusing call.

  6. QueenBee

    March 6, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    I told you guys to give the opposing pg the advantage from now on didn’t I? 😕

  7. QueenBee

    March 6, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    By the sounds of it West sounds like he’s playing against the Cavs.

    http://www.nola.com/hornets/index.ssf/2011/03/new_orleans_hornets_forward_da_5.html

  8. champsworld504

    March 6, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    i’m surprised byron scott didn’t sign marc jackson and other scrubs to the cavs roster like he did when the hornets wee awful……….west is playing though…..ariza still hurt

  9. f.g. di bene

    March 6, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    give some minutes at SF to marco

  10. AgentZiko

    March 6, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZXIB8FkJkc

    My brother didn’t record as much as I would have liked him to. But here’s something for you guys to see at least. Got another good game next week. Will record that one too.

    I’m number 3 on the White Team. Number 41 and 22 are my buddies from college. 22 is a REALLY good player. 6’7, league leader in points. 41 is a huge body at 6’10. He’s good too, leads the league in rebounds and blocks. 21 on my team is 6’7, but is really a SF playing C for us since we were short a few bodies.

    • f.g. di bene

      March 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm

      nice shooting motion 🙂

  11. lancebrou68

    March 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    yooooo 42…i got some bs for you to. posthttp://www.nj.com/nets/index.ssf/2011/03/nba_qa_with_the_hornets_david.html

    • 42

      March 6, 2011 at 5:13 pm

      Nice. I was just posting that, and more.

      I’ll add a shot out, because I agree with you.

  12. Fastlane

    March 6, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Is the game on cst tonight?

    • 42

      March 6, 2011 at 5:53 pm

      No. 106.7 FM in NOLA.

    • mbdtf

      March 6, 2011 at 5:53 pm

      No sir.

  13. lancebrou68

    March 6, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    thought the game was for 5 30

  14. Gec

    March 6, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    what about a coach comparison every pregame?

  15. QueenBee

    March 6, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Hornets need to settle down. Looks like they’re playing the Cavs’ tempo.

  16. peronas

    March 6, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    The bench’s ball control is terrible right now…

  17. f.g. di bene

    March 6, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    jack is incapable of running a team, he’s a shooting guard.

  18. NOLAnuffsaid

    March 6, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    whats up with Landry’s eye?

    • f.g. di bene

      March 6, 2011 at 6:22 pm

      injured in the last game. by willie green 😀

      • NOLAnuffsaid

        March 6, 2011 at 6:27 pm

        R U SERIOUS?

      • f.g. di bene

        March 6, 2011 at 6:29 pm

        yep. some good hustle by both of them.

  19. lancebrou68

    March 6, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    why is david west out of the game

    • f.g. di bene

      March 6, 2011 at 6:38 pm

      maybe monty will give him less minutes because of the last game injury?

  20. mbdtf

    March 6, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    CP3 with the double-double at half.

  21. Go Blue

    March 6, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Great first half for CP3 and Mek with 4 blocks!!! That block on JJ Hickson was too funny. I really dislike listening to the Cavs commentators, they laughing at the Heat for losing to the Bulls…and they are 12-49 overall, come on now.

    • NOLAnuffsaid

      March 6, 2011 at 6:54 pm

      i thought they were laughing more at the fact that the heat players cried after the game. lol

    • buzz

      March 6, 2011 at 7:28 pm

      Yeah but you could tell that there was a little anti-LBJ in their tone.

      way to move on gracefully, cleveland.

  22. QueenBee

    March 6, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Defense Hornets!! Stop trading baskets with these guys.

  23. NOLAnuffsaid

    March 6, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    uh oh, CP3 caught a shoulder to the face 🙁

  24. mbdtf

    March 6, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    CP3 might have a concussion…

  25. f.g. di bene

    March 6, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    OMFG !!!!!

  26. QueenBee

    March 6, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    JESUS WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE???!!!!!

  27. peronas

    March 6, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Man I really hope he’s ok that didn’t look good.

  28. Nik

    March 6, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    wow this is somethin we definately didn’t need

    CP3 was just starting to be his old self again

    • Nik

      March 6, 2011 at 7:08 pm

      im in shock i hope he gets better soon

  29. Go Blue

    March 6, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    I’m speechless, it didn’t look that bad at first. I REALLY hope he’s okay, that was…..wow

    • NOLAnuffsaid

      March 6, 2011 at 7:13 pm

      i agree it didnt look like he got hit tha hard. but you never know. if it is a concussion i say IR him, and start working on a new contract with him 🙂

  30. Stefan

    March 6, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Those Cleveland announcers are so damn insensitive….

    Wow.

    The whole thing looked bad when they carried him out, but I think it’s nothing more than a mild concussion. He was just probably close to blacking out.

    However, if it is a neck injury as well, that IS bad. You can’t fight through that type of injury.

    • QueenBee

      March 6, 2011 at 7:15 pm

      While laying on his stomach he raised his head so I think if it were a neck injury would he have been able to do that? Cleveland announcers suck ass. I been put their asses on mute.

      • Stefan

        March 6, 2011 at 7:21 pm

        That’s what scares me. He only raised it a little bit.

      • QueenBee

        March 6, 2011 at 7:26 pm

        Would he have been able to raise it at all though? I mean he wasn’t trying to do a head lift exercise or anything but I figure being able to at least lift it off the floor is a good thing. Hopefully.

    • Go Blue

      March 6, 2011 at 7:27 pm

      Yeah, that one Cavs commentators needs to be slapped (and much more) for the crap that came out his mouth. No one cares about him getting hit by Wilt Chamberlain back in the day. Someone is on the ground, about to get rolled out on a stretcher.

    • Bug Marley

      March 6, 2011 at 7:42 pm

      Curious. What did the guy said?

      • CP3nBrees

        March 6, 2011 at 7:55 pm

        They said CP was just getting a rest, then Hornets made a run, “Paul injury went Hornets favor”…. just speechless.

      • ur_gmas_daughter

        March 6, 2011 at 8:14 pm

        When CP first went down they said “Well Chris Paul’s just trying to get some rest. He’s catching his breath that’s why he’ll down for so long. He knows what he’s doing”

  31. QueenBee

    March 6, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    God help us.

  32. QueenBee

    March 6, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Hornets need to stay strong and rally for CP3 and themselves. LET’S GEAUX HORNETS!!!

    • NOLAnuffsaid

      March 6, 2011 at 7:17 pm

      well said.

  33. QueenBee

    March 6, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    That’s right. DEFENSE!! D Baron’s ass up!!

  34. QueenBee

    March 6, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Ok. But you can’t let him hit half court shots though. SMH.

  35. Stefan

    March 6, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Cleveland announcers after Baron’s buzzer beater:

    “BD! Knocks it down. Saves the Cavaliers a lot of headaches here at the end of the 3rd quarter. The Hornets kind of fell asleep.”

    I’m sure it wasn’t on purpose, but the use of the words “headaches” and “asleep” in that sentence seem kind of messed up after the Chris Paul situation.

    • CP3nBrees

      March 6, 2011 at 7:56 pm

      Their black commentator is a homer…

  36. Nik

    March 6, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    CP3 just tweeted “#np @RealFredHammond Thank You Lord”

    fred hammond is a preacher or somethin…

    a sigh of relief is in order for everyone

    • QueenBee

      March 6, 2011 at 7:25 pm

      Actually the time is messed up because he tweeted that wayyy early today.

    • peronas

      March 6, 2011 at 7:25 pm

      I think that was before the game, unfortunately, it was posted 11 hours ago…

      • Nik

        March 6, 2011 at 7:27 pm

        downer… my comp said it was tweeted a min ago 🙁

        resume panic mode everyone…

        ps. really errie that he tweeted that earlier in the day

    • ur_gmas_daughter

      March 6, 2011 at 8:17 pm

      Fred Hammond is preacher and multi-grammy award winning Gospel artist originally from Detroit but he’s in TX right now. I actually know him

  37. buzz

    March 6, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Apparently CP3 talking and moving his fingers and toes…..so hopefully thats good news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go hornets

  38. QueenBee

    March 6, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Hold their asses to 66 points!! LMAO.

  39. Stefan

    March 6, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Yes! Good job Hornets! That’s how you react to a teammate’s injury! Win this game by 20 for CP3!

  40. QueenBee

    March 6, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Come on Marco! We can’t afford turnovers like that one.

    • Stefan

      March 6, 2011 at 7:28 pm

      I’d put half the blame on Willie on that one. Probably more.

      • QueenBee

        March 6, 2011 at 7:32 pm

        Yeah you’re probably right. I didn’t see who overthrew it but you’re right.

  41. QueenBee

    March 6, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    TIGHTEN UP DAT D HORNETS!!!

  42. QueenBee

    March 6, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    From John Reid’s twitter…

    #Hornets officials said Chris Paul suffered a head injury, but he was responsive and aware of his surroundings. He was taken to a hospital.
    2 minutes ago via web

  43. HiMyNameisSteven

    March 6, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    @RYAN— im sorry but i definately think baron is their best player…. sessions is good but baron is much better

  44. QueenBee

    March 6, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Head injury sounds like concussion. Hopefully mild since he’s at least responsive and aware of surroundings.

  45. QueenBee

    March 6, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Come on Willie. Hold it together man.

  46. QueenBee

    March 6, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Boobie needs to fire his barber.

  47. Mark

    March 6, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Amazing hustle by Landry off the Jack TO. You won’t see DX ever get on the floor like that.

  48. mbdtf

    March 6, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I have loved the way we have responded to the unfortunate injury. My prayers are with CP3. Now, let’s close this game and get the W!

  49. QueenBee

    March 6, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Respond in a positive way to adversity Hornets! You can do it! LET’S GEAUX!!!

  50. QueenBee

    March 6, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    We need to win this game because I’m pretty sure we’ll lose to the Bulls tomorrow. Lord have mercy.

  51. QueenBee

    March 6, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Good job Belinelli!!! Closed out on Parker quickly. Good job man!

  52. QueenBee

    March 6, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Yes! Way to fast break Hornets!!!

  53. Chuck

    March 6, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    I stopped watching at halftime. What did the Cleveland announcers say? We they calling CP soft or saying he was milking it or something?

    Also, I’m starting to learn that virtually every team’s announcers are terrible…except the ones that also do national commentary, like Gus Johnson and whoever else

    • Stefan

      March 6, 2011 at 7:43 pm

      They said Chris Paul was laying on the court to catch his breath. I’m sure they think that’s why he went to the hospital too. Bastards…

  54. mbdtf

    March 6, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Jack in double-digits again! I’m so glad we have him.

  55. QueenBee

    March 6, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    CP’s cousin just tweeted…

    Thank the lord just got the word that he is ok
    1 minute ago via ÃœberSocial

  56. QueenBee

    March 6, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Yes Jack!

  57. QueenBee

    March 6, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Nice teardrop Willie! LET’S GEAUX HORNETS!!!!

  58. JCS

    March 6, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Just tuned in and from the looks of the thread it appears CP3 caught a flipper to the dome. Did someone put a hex on this team for injuries? As soon as one guy gets off the DL another one goes on, and they’re always starters!

  59. QueenBee

    March 6, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Good win. Way to respond guys. Way to respond.

  60. peronas

    March 6, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Glad to hear it sounds like CP will be ok. Loved the resilience the rest of the team showed in not only getting the win after their leader went down and the uncertainty surrounding his injury, but the way they handled the rest of the game and really broke it open.

    Good to get another win and good to hear good news coming out from those close to CP.

  61. f.g. di bene

    March 6, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    it was really bad to see cp3 go down…. I hope it will be ok really soon.

    the match was good, the cavs are the cavs, but still they got better after the deadline and they just won @msg.

    • QueenBee

      March 6, 2011 at 8:03 pm

      Agree. I’ve been saying for a while now that we can’t play teams records. We have to play every team as though they’re top notch. Never underestimate a team.

  62. CP3nBrees

    March 6, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    CP’s brother CJ tweeted “he wanted to get off the stretcher and play but they wanted to make sure he was ok”
    What a great news, we might see CP in Chicago tomorrow!

    • QueenBee

      March 6, 2011 at 8:07 pm

      LOL! That Chris Paul is something else I tell ya.

      • QueenBee

        March 6, 2011 at 8:10 pm

        If CP3 was still 175 and had the same body he had when he first came into the league, he’d be bad off.

      • JCS

        March 6, 2011 at 8:11 pm

        For someone who doesn’t have twitter, you’re sure on twitter a lot. Umjussayin…

    • Gec

      March 6, 2011 at 8:25 pm

      i knew it would be a Paul Pierce Shuffle!!

  63. James Online

    March 6, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    If Chris is out and Jack runs the offense, Marco’s offense will go way down because he’ll never see the ball. At Toronto and NOLA, Jack has shut Marco out in competition for playing time. Only looks his way for a bail out. Just watch.

    Things were falling into place with the recent lineup adjustment. With QPon basically missing, they are winning 4 on 5. Even so, in many ways they play better offensively with Ariza out.

    Nice gutcheck win. Tomorrow will be tough with Rose playing so well, assuming that Chris doesn’t play.

  64. QueenBee

    March 6, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Belinelli said he calls CP3 ‘piccolo’. I know he hopes piccolo is ok.

    • f.g. di bene

      March 6, 2011 at 8:26 pm

      piccolo means “small”

      • QueenBee

        March 6, 2011 at 8:29 pm

        I know f.g. di bene. I just think it’s cute. 🙂

      • f.g. di bene

        March 6, 2011 at 8:52 pm

        sorry for being pedantic, i’m just italian and thought you were asking what does piccolo “means”…. it’s 4 in the morning here right now 😀

    • Gec

      March 6, 2011 at 8:26 pm

      isn’t piccolo the green guy from Dragon Ball?!

      • f.g. di bene

        March 6, 2011 at 8:27 pm

        I mean in italian…

      • 42

        March 6, 2011 at 8:40 pm

        It’s also the instrument in a classical orchestra that is capable of the highest note, at least through traditional means..

  65. nikkoewan

    March 6, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    piccolo is also a name of a very loud yet small firework here in the philippines 🙂

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